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Old 12-03-2008, 04:45 PM
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  • 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
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  • EM 2080 25-foot spool.................................................................50.00

I still need to find a remote speaker setup I like...
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:07 PM
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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! 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!
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!
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Old 12-03-2008, 05:11 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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.

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