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Mobile operations (car, motorcycle, boat or other vehicle)

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Baofeng radio produces hum when plugged into charger

So I am working on a low cost ham radio beacon using my Baofeng UV-5R radio because it is easy to use and portable. I built a simple PTT interface for a Raspberry Pi and wrote some python to transmit ...
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New quad-band mobile receives while transmitting?

I've got a week-old TYT TH-9800, a quad-band (10/6/2/70cm) mobile, Chinese knock-off of a Yaesu HT-8900. So far, I love it -- several times the power of my HT, and a better antenna actually outside ...
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NMO bicycle mount antenna has unexpected SWR

I built a bicycle antenna mount featuring an NMO connector to allow quick changes. With a 2m 1/4 wave monopole it gives reasonable SWR results (1.4 or so in the band of interest), with a particular ...
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Noticeable difference between trunk and roof mount?

Between trunk-mounting and roof-mounting a 2m/70cm antenna, both as through-hole NMO mounts, is there really that big a difference performance-wise? I mean, I know roof mounting is better, but let's ...
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Connecting radio in parallel with inverter in mobile set up

I've just added a leisure battery, split relay and circuit swap loom to a newly acquired Mazda Bongo. Also added was a 1000W pure sine wave inverter, hooked up directly to the leisure battery. That's ...
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Audio being sent over ground pin on audio jack

I just bought a QYT KT-8900D mobile radio. One of the first things I've noticed is that I cannot use my mixer to completely lower the volume of the radio's 3.5mm TRRS output. When the fader is all the ...
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Slot antenna for 2 meter mobile

My primary vehicle is a Smart car, with a roof that's a piece of plastic(100% moon roof). Not the most awesome of cars to use for grounds. I'm building a bumper mounted antenna tower, EMT with some ...
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Better SWR bandwidth

Good day, I have a Kenwood TS-480HT with a Wolfriver coil and a stainless steel whip in my car. I find that on 40 meters I can get the SWR at around 1.4 (using an MFJ 269) at 7.1000 MHz. But the SWR ...
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Tiger Tail + capacitive coupling… what's the interaction?

I've been working on a 2m setup for hiking. My goal is to have the best possible antenna that can be used while walking, and that won't get damaged if I walk under a low branch or some other forest ...
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Mounting my antenna

I just bought a CB and mounted it in my truck. I ran my antenna to the back and was going to stick it to my tool box but it turns out to be aluminum, so I'm thinking of bolting a metal plate to the ...
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How to log contacts when mobile?

I'm just about to get on the air for the first time as a ham. It's been my understanding that it's good to log contacts with call sign, frequency, signal quality, and time of contact. However, for ...
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Proper magnetic mount placement on roof

I have a Nissan Versa 2012 (hatchback). It comes with one of those default antennas at the back/center of the roof, for listening to AM/FM radio stations. I have a dual band mag-mount (TRAM 1185), ...
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antenna in the rain

What kind of changes can be expected in the behavior (resonance, SWR, etc.) of a mobile vertical HF antenna between dry conditions and wet rainy weather? (assume a coax feed-line and low SWR in dry ...
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Should I ground my radio to the chassis or battery for a mobile install?

From what I've seen, there are generally two ways to power a mobile radio: Positive lead to battery, negative lead grounded to chassis Both positive and negative leads to battery I know that ...
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Can cellular radio be used for communication with a balloon?

(Sorry, I don't know if this is the right forum for this question, but maybe someone will know the answer. If not, which StackExchange forum could be more suitable?) Me and a few friends of mine are ...
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6 meter mobile antenna grounding

So I've been looking at my different options for 6 meter mobile antennas. My question mainly pertains to grounding. I've heard hams talk about needing a ground to the frame of the vehicle when using ...
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Mobile VHF/UHF antenna coupling to surrounding objects?

Will a mobile antenna --either mag mount or NMO mount-- couple to surrounding objects such as tall trees, taller trucks, buses, or even people walking by? If that is the case, would you get slightly ...
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Is it possible to make antenna for one specific frequency?

I have a GSM Modem that works on 2300MHz Frequency (LTE), but it could only receive 3 bar of signal strength. I plan to make a DIY directional antenna that is made specifically for this Frequency ...
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CB Radio Ground Plane (or lack thereof)

Notice the vertical antenna on the truck. I believe this first antenna is referred to as a "dipole", mounted vertically. CB to coax, coax to antenna. The shell of the truck is fiberglass. Even the ...
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What are the best APRS SmartBeaconing™ settings for different modes of transit?

There are a variety of websites that give sample SmartBeaconing™ settings – mostly for automobiles, but some for bicycles and pedestrians. I've tried several of these settings and had mixed results. ...
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ID5100 is a Speaker Mic avail?

ID5100 mounted mobile in center console with only faceplate and mic exposed. Also have bluetooth headset. Besides the speakers built-in and external sp1 or sp2 does a handheld mic AND speaker like on ...
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What wireless communication technologies can travel long distances with a high bandwidth?

I couldn’t find a better place to ask this question, so I have asked it here. I am looking to transmit and receive internet connectivity wirelessly over a distance of 6 miles (9.7 km) with a minimum ...
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What are the maximum possible speeds of download over Amateur Radio frequencies?

In this scenario, I would have a base station connected to a modem that essentially allows me to access the internet/local network via radio, irately I am not fully aware of what information I need to ...
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Has a vehicle magnetic antenna mount ever caused a road accident?

Some people believe that mag mount magnets lose their effectiveness over time, eventually causing a dangerous situation as the antenna could rip loose from the vehicle and become a projectile or ...
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Console vs Trunk mount

A little background - I own a 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit that I am turning into my mobile ham station. It already has most of what I need, but I ran into something I want to ask a question about. It ...
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Is Part 90 certification something an amateur radio operator should look for in a radio meant for amateur use?

I'm checking out cheap (~$100) mobile radios on Amazon, and often times there's a question asking about FFC Part 90 certification. As an amateur radio operator looking to use a radio for amateur/...
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Can RF work while it's in motion?

I have a project idea. It uses a pair of RF transmitter and receiver. The application is a little complicated since it involves motion, typically the speed of a vehicle going on local or even better ...
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Is there a special term for amateur transceiver speakers or anything that makes them different from any other kind of speaker?

When I bought a secondhand FT-7800R at Field Day 2017, I received an MLS-100 external speaker with it. I installed it recently and having the speaker more than an inch away from the radio's mounting ...
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Do the radials of a quarter or 5/8 wavelength antennas connect to the braid of the coaxial cable?

I'm studying for my foundation license (in the UK) and I have these diagrams: Do the radials in a quarter or 5/8 wavelength antennas connect to the braid/shield of the coaxial cable? If so, how does ...
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What size is the Kenwood TM-D710 panel mounting bracket?

For the purposes of this question, I am considering purchasing a Kenwood TM-D710GA (or a RC-D710). The control panel has a mounting bracket for mobile use which is intended to be attached to a flat ...
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How to eliminate alternator whine?

On my car's LW receiver, I have a severe case of alternator whine, especially when the headlights are on. It has become worse over time. I have read that capacitors might help. However, two things ...
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How can I counter DC-DC inverter noise / ground noise in an electric-vehicle mobile setup?

So, I'm relatively new to all this; and I've gotten an ICOM IC-7100 on sale, which looks like an excellent transceiver … unfortunately, this very specific line shows up in the manual: The ...
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Motorola Maxtrac Programming with windows 7 and DOSBox

I found an old Motorola Maxtrac in a parts truck I bought. I'd like to program some channels into it with a Windows 7 computer and DOSbox. My first issue, is I'm having trouble identifying the radio ...
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How would you get an “I'm alive” message to family in another state using amateur radio?

I'm researching options for getting an "I'm alive" message during a disaster response out to family in another state that aren't HAMs. There are likely to be a lot of possible answers that are art ...
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Direction Finder using directional antenna, digital signals amid clutter [closed]

There are several methods for implementing direction finder. 1. One of the method is by using directional antenna pointing to target device, and reading the received signal strength from the target ...
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RF connector between mobile phone and transmitter = complete shielding?

When connecting mobile to transmitter with RF cable: Does RF connector provide complete shielding for the transmitter signal ? Does it prevent the mobile from receiving other signals from other ...
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How do you keep your vehicle clean with a mobile antenna?

I want to add a V/U antenna to my truck, but my wife started asking about weather proofing and car washes and I had no answer. How do you keep your vehicle clean after installing a new antenna, and ...
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Are chokes necessary for VHF and higher frequencies?

I am trying to install a VHF/UHF antenna on my truck, and I have been studying everything I need to do that. I keep reading about chokes, in particular here: http://www.k0bg.com/choke.html However, ...
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High SWR on a Jeep with Spare Tire Mount

I just installed a spare-tire mount and Browning BR-180 dual band antenna on my Jeep JK. Initial SWR testing show nothing higher than 1.4:1 across both bands so I didn't try to tweak it. Then I put ...
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What is the most common amateur identification practice for mobile US amateurs operating in Canada?

When a US Amateur operates in Canada, IT and Canadian regs permit some lattitude on their identification. I have read that some will prefix a "VE3" plus their own home callsign (Ontario, meaning I am ...
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In Vehicle Mounting recommendations

Just looking for some general advice for in-car radio mounting. In my previous vehicle (06' Ford focus ZX3), I simply screwed the metal brackets into the dash which worked fine for an old beater car. ...
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Is there an optimum Antenna Feedline Length for mobile installations?

I bought a ham radio antenna mounting kit for my car that includes ~16' of coax. One end has a trunk lip NMO antenna mount, the other end has a re-solderable PL-259. I asked the sales person if it is ...
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Mobile Installation in 2016 Chevy Cruze

I purchased a Yaesu FT2900,a mobile antenna and mount. The install question is for a 2016 Chevy Cruze. Is there an easy way to run the power cables from rear of radio to the forward engine ...
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Ham Variable Lab Power Supply

I'm looking into purchasing a mobile radio (TYT TH-9800) for my Jeep Wrangler. I am hoping to be able to use it in my apartment as well. Since I'm going to need a power supply for this, I think it ...
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Are the Icom 2300 h and Ftm 400dr DC cables interchangable?

I would like to swap out my 2300h to a 400dr. Would rather not swap out dc power cable. Are the cables the same or is there an adapter for make it possible?
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FM radio in car gets interference from APRS beacon

The FM broadcast radio, factory installed in my car and usually tuned to 88.6 MHz, gets some interference from the 5W APRS transmitter on 144.800 MHz. It sounds like if the sensitivity of the ...
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2 meter dipole of work vehicle

I am about to purchase a Baofeng HT. I have one I am thinking of using primarily in work truck. I can't really drill holes or have antenna be too obvious. On Amazon I found a 2 meter 70cm 2m dipole....
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Amateur Radio for a Nomad [duplicate]

I got my amateur license back in the early '80s, primarily for putting it on my resume for an electronics job. Never used it outside of developing my Morse code speed, and once I got my Advanced Class ...
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How does a mag mount antenna achieve a ground plane?

I've been thinking for some time about magnet mount mobile antennas and wondering how they establish their ground plane. Consider that many mag mount antennas have some kind of protective coating on ...
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Airband VHF antenna challenge

I have a very difficult antenna design/installation challenge. I need to install an VHF antenna (118 to 140 MHz) into a nearly all carbon fiber glider. The radio provides 5 watts and 50 ohm, and most ...