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Tundra Ham Radio!?

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

  1. Jan 1, 2020 at 10:14 AM
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  2. Jan 1, 2020 at 10:51 AM
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    Yeah for the price point that is a good place to start with SDR but if you think it's something you might get in to a little more seriously you might want to spend a couple extra bucks and get something like this instead ... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079C4S2BT.
    Gives you a couple antenna options, has a SMA antenna port and includes a bias T in case you ever need to power an active patch antenna or a LNA.

    With any SDR or radio your weak point is going to be the antenna. If you really want to pull in signals you need the correct antenna and you need to mount it as high up as you can. For most of what I listen to with SDR I run a wideband discone antenna mounted high up in my attic and that works great for anything from 25MHz to 1.7GHz (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00QVPGKHU/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1). If you want to go lower into the HF & shortwave frequencies you'll need an antenna for that as well as something like a Spyverter to get you below 25MHz. This is where the better SDR with SMA connectors and the bias-t comes in :)

    Feel free to PM me if you have any questions!
     
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  3. Jan 1, 2020 at 11:05 AM
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    Also if you have a spare laptop you can put that close to your antennas up in an attic or such and run Spyserver which is included with SDR Sharp (and it's free). That allows you to connect to the Spyserver from another computer and use the SDR it's connected to.

    I'm actually using it right now to connect to my laptop in an upstairs room that is connected to a L-band patch antenna so I can work some Inmarsat satellites from my main computer in the basement office. Also saves you from having to buy tons of good quality antenna cable :)
     
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  4. Jan 2, 2020 at 8:58 PM
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    Got the HT up and running, works pretty well. It's ridiculous that the two transceivers don't use the same programming software and that certain things like beacon status wildcards don't seem to be the same. <head scratch>
     
  5. Jan 6, 2020 at 8:07 PM
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    Has anyone had to upgrade their stock battery? There's a gnarly voltage drop directly wired with the truck off.

    Edit:

    Screw it, I just bought a northstar battery after seeing how many more amp hours were over stock and well, AGM.


    https://vimeo.com/383210211
     
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  6. Jan 13, 2020 at 6:40 PM
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    How's that antennae working from the hood?
     
  7. Jan 13, 2020 at 7:04 PM
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    Woo hoo, I made a contact on my Yeasu ht-60 that hadn't had a battery charge in over four years plus!!!


    73s
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  8. Jan 13, 2020 at 7:08 PM
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    Absolutely zero issues, coming in clear and strong most of the time depending on topography.

    Does it do APRS? I guess no.
     
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  9. Jan 13, 2020 at 9:30 PM
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    Hey Adam, which suction cup attachment to the windshield did you use? Just got mine in the mail a couple days ago and still looking at all the options. Thanks in advance!
     
  10. Jan 13, 2020 at 10:22 PM
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    For what it's worth I used the Yaesu one, I believe he did as well
     
  11. Jan 14, 2020 at 4:04 PM
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    How are people routing cables through the bed for.those who have those mounts? I would like to see how that looks on mine with overlander stuff.
     
  12. Jan 14, 2020 at 4:10 PM
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  13. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:18 PM
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    For now, as this is my only current option, this works pretty good in the cup holder with natural amplification!

     
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  14. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:46 PM
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    For any noob HAMs out there, download one of the many ios/android apps to study for an exam. It's pretty simple and you can do all three exams at the same time- "Technician", "General", "Amateur Extra" at any testing location (http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session). At the very least, get your "Technician" license. This way you can communicate via the amateur radio bands and not just "CB Radio" (Citizens band). Just find your testing location and study for a few weeks on your smart phone and you'll pass no problem ;=

    Besides simply poking around on "Ham 2m radio" (most common when local [5-100 miles]), one could poke around with "APRS" which transmits location data. This would be relevant to any Tundra owners that go off-road and would like their family to know what's yo ass is doin`!!! If this is your case, check out this site that's running Toyotas: (https://myoffroadradio.com/) . I have no affiliation with them, but, I just found it and thought I would share ;-)
     
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  15. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:47 PM
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    Major updates to come, early promotion present to me!

     
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  16. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:51 PM
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    :worthless:
     
  17. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:54 PM
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    I posted a list of the items I just ordered.
     
  18. Jan 14, 2020 at 6:58 PM
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    Oops... Okay, "This Thread is Worthless WITHOUT more Vids!!!", lol... is that better ;-)
     
  19. Jan 16, 2020 at 5:35 PM
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    Are any of you guys/gals programmers and Mac users? I just converted EchoMac (EchoLink) from `svn` to `git` and published it on github.com. We're looking for programmers with time to kill ;-)

    https://github.com/panreach/EchoMac2
     
  20. Jan 27, 2020 at 6:59 PM
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    If anyone is curious, I was finally able to setup a Wires-X PDN with my 3DR and 400XDR. Pretty cool stuff...
     
  21. Jan 31, 2020 at 2:48 PM
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    2m experiment for home. Still looking at mobile...

    For HF, should I go with an end fed or try a dipole? 73

    KD0LAS

     
  22. Jan 31, 2020 at 2:55 PM
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    Dipole hands down!

    I had good prop with the buddi-pole.
     
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  23. Jan 31, 2020 at 8:02 PM
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    Here's a thought.
    If you don't use the FM antenna, is there a mod out there that will allow you to use it for amateur radio? I mean even if you don't use the antenna, can the cable be reused if you terminate the cable end that's being plugged into the radio?
     
  24. Feb 1, 2020 at 4:53 AM
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    If I understand you, you want to reuse the cable for an FM radio. FM radio receivers typically use 75 ohm cable and antenna impedance while ham radio transmitters/receivers use 50 ohm giving you a mismatch.
     
  25. Feb 1, 2020 at 6:33 AM
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    Thanks for the clarification on that MT Madman.
     
  26. Feb 1, 2020 at 9:05 AM
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    I stumbled across this thread and I'm really curious about how to get into this, but have a few questions.

    Is there a "how do you know you'll like this" for HAM Radio wanna-be folks?
    I don't go off-roading, but I take a lot of road-trips, even more when camping. I'm also partially interested in joining the local weather spotters as they seem to do that AND are HAM radio enthusiasts. (I've been reading about that separately.) I've been considering a CB, if for no other reason than it was entertaining listening to OTR truckers on past road trips.

    Anyone set this up on a motorcycle? I've taken more half-cross country road-trips on two wheels than 4.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  27. Feb 1, 2020 at 2:23 PM
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    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ow1hxClR5J8
     
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    Finally got my speaker installed in a location I like. Keeps everything looking clean. Just needed a metal strap and a few screws. 2A07690A-B8D5-4D1F-9B0B-C760DC3ADE50.jpgA56601CB-15B0-49BE-85A9-DF84EC7A7422.jpg 04AF47DA-0131-4F72-BF7D-80EDA3875685.jpg
     
  29. Feb 4, 2020 at 9:13 PM
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    Wouldn't a Balun be able to address this?
     
  30. Feb 4, 2020 at 11:58 PM
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    What speaker is that model in case any other member wanted to do this setup? How does it sound so far?
     
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