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daveIT
06-12-2011, 06:46 PM
So, I think I'm set on picking up a Yaesu FT-2900R for my first radio. There is a decent rebate out until the end of June and I can get it for about $150. Anything better I should look at for this same price?

Anyway, I was wondering what is a good antenna to pickup with this setup? I'll be mounting it in my 84 FJ60.

wesintl
06-12-2011, 07:08 PM
the 2900 is nice. big power with 75 w. It's a larger radio with heat sink.

If you need a smaller radio due to mounting location the 1900 is nice.

The Larsen NMO-150 is probably the standard in 5/8 wave.

MDH33
06-12-2011, 08:16 PM
I recently put a Yaesu FT2900R in my 40 along with a Comet SBB 25 2M antenna (http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-000101). I have been very happy with it.

nuclearlemon
06-12-2011, 10:05 PM
i've had great results with my 2900 and a hipow nmo antenna from hamstick on my pig. lots of ham folks have said i have great clear transmission and i get the same of receive. excellent low cost setup

Hulk
06-12-2011, 10:41 PM
The only issue with it is the size. If you have a place to mount it, it's a killer radio. I have a 2800 (older model) in my family room as a base station and it works great.

daveIT
06-13-2011, 09:51 PM
Thanks for the info...I figured if I had a radio sitting next to me I would have more incentive to study, so I ordered a FT-2900R from hamcity ($149.95). I'll get an antenna and mount next paycheck.

daveIT
06-14-2011, 08:06 PM
Still studying...the FT-2900R was shipped today, so I'm picking up the pace! Looking at antenna/mount options now. I'm looking to stay around $100 for antenna and mount.

Is NMO the way to go? I see most antennas have both options. I'm not going to drill any holes in my roof or anything, so I'd need a mag mount or something to mount to bumpers. I'd prefer hard mounting to the bumper.

For my CB, I have a Firestik mag mount with my 4" and a spring, but it doesn't quite fit right on top of my FJ60 since it has those raised sections. I'm probably going to have to figure something else out for that. I'd like to take it out, but I have buddies that use them...

farnhamstj
06-14-2011, 09:23 PM
If I were to do it over i would get this mount http://www.gamiviti.com/html/products_antennamounts.html

wesintl
06-14-2011, 09:35 PM
I like these little guys. I use them on my ARB

http://www.walcottcb.com/opek-nmo3-pl259-to-nmo-antenna-adapter-p-1206.html?cPath=28_354

nakman
06-14-2011, 10:25 PM
If I were to do it over i would get this mount http://www.gamiviti.com/html/products_antennamounts.html

Oh yeah sure you would! :D

but FWIW, those WILL fit a 60 series, and they work well with both NMO and the normal (SO-239) mounts. I prefer the 239 myself, but for no other reason than to standardize between both trucks and all my radios, want to have full interchangeability.

p.s. those fit 100's too Farnham. :thumb:

daveIT
06-15-2011, 08:21 AM
Those look nice and I like supporting local business. Any issues/interference running antennas on front hood vs rear bumper?

Is there a good flexible HAM antenna? If it's on my hood it may get wacked by a couple branches etc.

nakman
06-17-2011, 03:41 PM
Those look nice and I like supporting local business. Any issues/interference running antennas on front hood vs rear bumper?
thanks for the support! All things being equal, performance is typically worse on the rear bumper, compared to the side of the hood. Mainly due to the better ground plane, and not having your truck get in the way of propagation.



Is there a good flexible HAM antenna? If it's on my hood it may get wacked by a couple branches etc.

The Comet SBB-1 is a great choice, a lot of folks run it. It's a short, stubby, flexible dual-band antenna, will hit all the local repeaters, works great on the trail.. only time it falls short is longer distance simplex communications.
http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/3914.gif

Diamond also makes a nice compact 1/4 wave, check out the AZ504SP

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/1437.jpg

a lot of guys here run that Comet, with good results. :beer:

CardinalFJ60
06-17-2011, 03:48 PM
thanks for the support! All things being equal, performance is typically worse on the rear bumper, compared to the side of the hood. Mainly due to the better ground plane, and not having your truck get in the way of propagation.



Diamond also makes a nice compact 1/4 wave, check out the AZ504SP

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/1437.jpg

a lot of guys here run that Comet, with good results. :beer:

I gots this one...what's nice is that it is somewhat tunable.

And...for the record, it will sustain driving into one's garage while attached to a Gamiviti rack on a 60 with only 1-2" of clearance from the rack to the garage. :thumb::hill::D

daveIT
06-17-2011, 04:31 PM
Sweet, ordered the mount today.

Would you guys recommend the Comet SBB-1 over the Firestik 5/8 2m antenna?

daveIT
06-17-2011, 04:55 PM
One thing I noticed is the SBB-1 says 60W max. The FT-2900R does up to 75W (but doesn't seem like you need to use that much.)

What happens if you push 75W to it? Does it explode or make some cool fireworks?

CO Hunter
06-17-2011, 06:09 PM
I'll give my 2 cents. I run a 5/8 Larsen dual band through the roof, best ground plane. My reasoning is I wanted every ounce of performance out of my rig as I frequently travel alone. My justification for getting into amateur radio in the first place was emergency communication. I just recently installed an antenna switch so I could use a 1/4 wave MJF mini mag mount for group runs in thick trail use and then take off the Larsen and cap the NMO. Not too much trouble IMHO. Just depends on your own circumstances and needs.

If you are in a valley and/or far from a repeater running your highest power could make the difference. Not a far fetched scenario in CO. I would match antenna power rating to the radio.