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Tundra Ham Radio!?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014-2021)' started by fours, Nov 30, 2019.

  1. Feb 12, 2021 at 7:02 PM
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    eick

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    Yea I wasn’t referencing you specifically for the ‘overpriced speaker’ part just in general.

    and tbh the speaker sounds like crap hooked up to the stereo so I’m not real hopefully it’s gonna be any better connected to the radio
     
  2. Feb 12, 2021 at 7:08 PM
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    It seems like a real crap shoot to me in general as I have heard many pricey speakers that sound like crap and am always a little shocked when I find one that sounds good at all.

    We listen in a pretty narrow frequency range usually so a speaker designed for that can often make a big difference.......except for the MFJ speakers that I have tried that all sound like shit to me.

    Truck stops often have decent cheap CB speakers that sound OK too and it would be pretty simple to rig one in that center spot too I think.
     
  3. Feb 12, 2021 at 8:27 PM
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    Hey y'all, really enjoying this thread, got my first HAM radio recently – looking forward to learning how it all works.

    Thank you for all the great info – subscribed!
     
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  4. Feb 13, 2021 at 5:33 AM
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    Yeah those old Motorola mobile speakers are great for ham radio. The center dash speakers in mine are tweeters and would be lousy for your ham radio, I haven't installed my radio in my 2020 yet by I'll put a comm speaker under the front seat firing forward, that's the way I had it in my 2015 and it worked just fine.
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    It was held in place with velcro, just the course plastic hook strip which stuck to the carpet. One thing if you put a 3.5 on it, observe the polarity of the speaker.
     
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  5. Feb 13, 2021 at 5:41 AM
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    My first ham radio was an Alinco FT-F1T I got it in '93 and I've abused it. At one time I used it as a mobile with an amp connected in a company truck, it probably never got turned off in a year. Still got it today and it sits next to my recliner. The thing is built like a Motorola and the Yaesu FT-60R I have reminded me of it.

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  6. Feb 13, 2021 at 5:48 AM
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    Same here really,this Kenwood TH-79 was my first radio and I also used it in the car with and without an amp a lot as well as in cross-band mode for events and Fox Hunts and in the STL area where it looks like you are too!

    Those FT60s are what made me a Yaesu Guy really too as I prefer the Metal Ingot HT for sure and I have 2 VX7s and 2 VX5s which I can dunk in a stream when they get too hot as needed!

    Try that with one of those Feng'!

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  7. Feb 13, 2021 at 5:55 AM
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    I work in Woodson Terrace and live out near Hawk Point, I sure miss my ham for the drive in/out and after it warms up I'll get it installed and be back on the air.
     
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    I havent put one back on my new truck either but it can also be OK to have quiet given some of the local chatter if you know what I mean?!

    My Shop is in the Westport area right next to Woodson Terrace and I have been doing a job out at Innsbruck recently,small world!

    We must know each other from the '94 in the mornings at least from before they started trying to lock it down?

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  9. Mar 28, 2021 at 1:01 PM
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    New to the form. Very pleased with all the knowledge and info rolling around here. Thanks to all. Will be starting some major low profile mods to my 2nd gen soon. Fortunately I hadn't gotten to it in my 1st gen, since I rolled it. Will be removing center front seat and replacing it with a homemade "Havis" console for Ham, CB, Cell boost, laptop, and power supply. Can't wait to share what I learn and learn from you all. Thanks!
     
  10. Mar 28, 2021 at 1:05 PM
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  11. Mar 29, 2021 at 8:54 AM
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  12. Mar 29, 2021 at 2:07 PM
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    FWIW, I used one of the smaller Uniden non-powered external speakers as well as a generic smallish external speaker off of Amazon for my scanner and dual band radio, respectively; and had both under the front edge of the passenger seat in my 4Runner; they worked, but just couldn't get the volume I wanted out of them.

    On the Tundra I bought an open box set of Kicker KSC2704 replacement speakers for the dash corners as well as a pair of 1/8" mono to speaker wire adapters and used some left over speaker wire to run from the scanner and Icom 2730A to the dash. In my truck all 3 dash speakers were unplugged after the stereo install, and the dash corners were just empty wasted space (the center channel speaker grille holds a dual USB charger and the GPS antenna for the scanner). This was definitely the ticket for improving sound quality and especially volume. Both sources are crystal clear and PLENTY loud; total investment was about $50. I'm sure I could have just cut the connectors off the OEM harness and used the stock speakers, but this just seemed easier, and I had already tossed all of the OEM speakers in the trash when I did the stereo.
     
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    That's the sauce right there!!!!
     
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