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Old 11-10-2013, 11:06 AM
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I finally upgraded from the Bao-Feng.

First I had to take out this big, ugly thing:
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I clipped the cig lighter power cable and put on an Anderson Powerpole. It connects to the fuse box under my driver seat that runs to the auxiliary battery.

And then put in my new Yaesu FT-2900R where the Bear Cat had been:
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Super stoked and have been on a HAM binge all morning. Checked into a net on the Conifer repeater, talked to a guy up on SugarLoaf Mountain on Simplex, and just now talked to Marco and Allison who are hitting the Vail repeater as they drive down I-70. All this without using more than 10 Watts!
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Old 11-10-2013, 08:26 PM
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Nice work! What antenna are you runnin?
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Old 11-11-2013, 09:21 PM
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A Larsen NMO 2/70 5/8 wave. Bought it when I thought I'd be getting a slightly fancier radio. Mounted with Gamiviti, of course.
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Old 11-12-2013, 06:04 AM
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Nice upgrade.

Which antenna? I'm not familiar with a 5/8λ dual band Larsen. The one I have is 1/2λ on 2m and collinear 1/2λ on 70cm.
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Old 11-12-2013, 07:41 AM
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It's this one: http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-000565

Seems to be working really well so far. Since my radio is only 2m, I'm thinking about getting a single band antenna.
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That's the one I run, with the open coil in the middle. It's been a solid antenna. I have a 5/8λ single band VHF, the Larsen NMO150, around here somewhere, too. It's a taller than the 2/70, of course doesn't have the coil in the middle and the base is smaller. But the performance isn't much different. I use it in place of a 1/4λ super low profile whip on the roof when I'm not going through drive-thrus and garages.
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Old 11-12-2013, 09:33 AM
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Holy crap! Just had my mind blown. When I was programming my 2900, I went ahead and put in the Eldorado Mountain Repeater (145.430- 103.5)… Was just scanning through and thought I'd try and make a contact.

Ended up talking to WI6RE in the Mojave Desert and KB7RHF in Southern Oregon! I had no idea this was a linked repeater. What a cool thing to be able to do with my little $150 radio in my truck!
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IRLP says it's node 7981.
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Holy crap! Just had my mind blown. When I was programming my 2900, I went ahead and put in the Eldorado Mountain Repeater (145.430- 103.5)… Was just scanning through and thought I'd try and make a contact.

Ended up talking to WI6RE in the Mojave Desert and KB7RHF in Southern Oregon! I had no idea this was a linked repeater. What a cool thing to be able to do with my little $150 radio in my truck!
That is cool, I saw your post this AM so I dialed on over there while driving around at lunch and heard a conversation with a guy on the Gold Coast of OZ. The linked repeaters are pretty cool indeed!
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I have a 2900 in my 40 and 2800 in my 60. Solid radios for sure. I'm running a 48" comet 2M antenna and it really reaches far, although I don't use them much other than club runs.
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