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treerootCO
12-03-2008, 03:45 PM
hamcity.com

FT-8800R + YSK-8900 Amateur Transceiver Mobile 144/440...............349.95
SBB-5 Antenna Mobile 144/440 PL-259............................................47.95
CSB-790A Antenna Mobile 144/440 PL-259.......................................89.95
RS-730 Antenna Mobile Mount.......................................................27.95
CK-3M Antenna Mobile Mount w/ Cable............................................29.95

electricmotioncompany.com

EM 2080 25-foot spool.................................................................50.00


I still need to find a remote speaker setup I like...

Uncle Ben
12-03-2008, 04:07 PM
hamcity.com

FT-8800R + YSK-8900 Amateur Transceiver Mobile 144/440...............349.95
SBB-5 Antenna Mobile 144/440 PL-259............................................47.95
CSB-790A Antenna Mobile 144/440 PL-259.......................................89.95
RS-730 Antenna Mobile Mount.......................................................27.95
CK-3M Antenna Mobile Mount w/ Cable............................................29.95

electricmotioncompany.com

EM 2080 25-foot spool.................................................................50.00


I still need to find a remote speaker setup I like...


I loved my Comet sbb5 (38") until it broke at Jenny Creek! :( The base connector is plastic! I replaced it with a Diamond NR770HB (40") which is only 2" longer but has an all metal base....more mula but I wish I would have paid the $10 more when I bought originally as I'm now into it for $90! :rant: I thought I would be smart and got a Comet sbb-2 (18") for trail work to save the $50 antenna.....Last Jenny Creek run broke that one too at the same place....the plastic coupler. Needless to say Comet antennas are no longer on my shopping list! :rolleyes:
Rest of your order looks great! I really like my "Mini Loudmouth" external speaker! I bought it at Camelot CB shop near Ige. It is the same size as the small RS crap I tried first and even after they warranteed 3 of them it was not worth my time or money to visit Radio Shack again! :rolleyes:

60wag
12-03-2008, 04:11 PM
For a remote speaker, I used the dash mounted speaker on the driver side. Its works great with my 7800 and is much louder than the built in speaker.

DaveInDenver
12-03-2008, 04:15 PM
I have an older Comet antenna, but my guess is that it would break on low trees just like UB found. Mine is a C767 model, pretty similar to the SBB7 roughly. For trails I have a Larsen NMO2/70 with a spring. Works like a charm. BTW I have the FT-8800 if you want to take a look, planning on making the meeting tonight.

nakman
12-03-2008, 04:22 PM
I got that setup too Mike. 8800, RS730, and SBB-5 that's been demoted to highway-only use. I've got the short SBB-1 for trails, in fact that's what's on there now. On the night run it was bent at a 90 angle multiple times, the long one would have broke for sure. It wasn't that much of an issue when on the hood, but now everything is up on the hatch (I'm sure you've read the antenna on an 80 thread)..

But heck, I'll be monitoring 145 & simplex from about 17:00 onwards, except when I jump out of the truck to pick up the boy. see you at OTB.

Convert
12-03-2008, 04:39 PM
I have had great results from the Diamond SG7500, its all metal dual bander . Don't know the length for sure probably 36" or 38" I don't change antenna's for the trail. I wish I had went with the 8800 now

Uncle Ben
12-03-2008, 04:48 PM
I didn't know anything about what radio was best when I wanted one. I fell face first into the deal on my 8800. I would have got the 7800 as that seemed to be the most popular among the rest of the club. I cannot imagine life without dual bands live all the time! If I had a 7800 Nak prolly wouldn't have got me the other night as I would have been on simplex and he hit me on the 145! Great choice Mr. Root! You have been doing your homework!

Rock Dog
12-03-2008, 05:36 PM
I have the 8900 and really like it, but don't see that the extra money is worth the other 2 bands. i think the 8800 is a great choice, and now that you will be able to make it backlit in blue........ It is time to pull the trigger!

Jacket
12-04-2008, 09:18 AM
I have an older Comet antenna, but my guess is that it would break on low trees just like UB found. Mine is a C767 model, pretty similar to the SBB7 roughly. For trails I have a Larsen NMO2/70 with a spring. Works like a charm. BTW I have the FT-8800 if you want to take a look, planning on making the meeting tonight.

Is your spring at the base (where the coil attaches to your mount), or below the whip? I've got the Larson 2/70 as well, and it bends pretty well but probably wouldn't survive a 90* bend. Just trying to visualize where the spring installs with this antenna.

DaveInDenver
12-04-2008, 09:38 AM
Is your spring at the base (where the coil attaches to your mount), or below the whip? I've got the Larson 2/70 as well, and it bends pretty well but probably wouldn't survive a 90* bend. Just trying to visualize where the spring installs with this antenna.
The regular ~40" tall NMO2/70 is a different beast than the NMO2/70SH that I have. This one is about 18" tall, spring at the base. You can fold it over completely, no harm. It'll bend over and leave only a couple of inches of the base itself immovable on the roof.

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamantm/4127.jpg

nuclearlemon
12-04-2008, 01:22 PM
can't remember where i got my antenna, i'll have to check, but i've abused it well and it's held up good. i've got an nmo mount that appears not to have any plastic on it.

Hulk
12-04-2008, 01:46 PM
For a remote speaker, I used the dash mounted speaker on the driver side. Its works great with my 7800 and is much louder than the built in speaker.

Me too. Works great and is plenty loud.

Groucho
12-05-2008, 11:54 AM
Looks good. Just be careful on the antenna purchase. Don't spend too much, for the simple reason UB said. I would recommend the Larson NMO 2 / 70.

No antenna will be bullet proof, but they aren't super expensive either.

Consider placement as well.
Closer to the center of the vehicle means:
less likely to get ripped off by trees to the side of the vehicle
better ground plane
need to cut hole in roof
Interferes with roofrack
harder to maintain due to location

On a lip mount means:
More susceptible to damage by passing tress and such
less optimum (note: does not mean BAD) ground plane
little or no interference with other things on the vehicle
no need to cut a hole
easier to maintain (or replace in the event of damage)

The radio will serve you well. Yaesu makes a strong product.

I noticed that no one mentioned the ground strap braid you included. I highly recommend this. It may be a subject of disagreement (but since Dave is snowshoeing right now, I get this word in for a few days) but it will never hurt anything. Antennas will always improve in their performance with the best ground plane under them, and by bonding the vehicle you will help achieve this, plus it takes out any chance of vehicle interference with your AM/FM radio as well.

I say the only choice that you will have to make will be the antenna.

Convert
12-05-2008, 03:14 PM
Mine is bonded from the tire carrier to the body

treerootCO
03-23-2009, 10:34 AM
Pics of the install:

The LED change from amber to blue is documented here
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?p=99412#post99412

treerootCO
03-23-2009, 10:35 AM
Remoted the HAM speaker to the front dash. Look ma no wires!

This is the Midland 21-406 and it fits. You will need a small rat tail file to elongate the holes a tiny bit and the wires need to be orientated up as the opening is slightly offset with a larger gap at the top.
http://claysradioshop.com/externalspeakers.htm

It is made in China but I bought mine from Camelot on their last day before closing down so I guess that is a wash.

Rock Dog
03-27-2009, 09:51 PM
looking Mike, but forgot to snap pictures of the the Ham control unit....

treerootCO
03-28-2009, 08:51 AM
looking Mike, but forgot to snap pictures of the the Ham control unit....

Had to put the 80 on hold...might need a 40 for CM09.

Uncle Ben
03-28-2009, 09:06 AM
Had to put the 80 on hold...might need a 40 for CM09.

CM'09? Buddy you got a big job to do before that and that job just got tougher after this last storm! St.FUAWJC!

Rock Dog
03-28-2009, 09:07 AM
That's what i wanted to See!! Looks great! i have the cable all ready to go in mine this morning..

Rock Dog
03-28-2009, 09:08 AM
JC -Jenny Creek?

Uncle Ben
03-28-2009, 09:58 AM
jc -jenny Creek?

St.Fuaw! ;)