Questions tagged [mobile]

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

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Vertical dipole as a mobile antenna counterpoise?

I have a NMO mount antenna- 1/2 wave on 2 meters. I am going to stick it on top of a PVC pipe which is 5 feet tall. Since this is a bicycle mobile antenna, I do not have the option of large radials ...
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Starter package? [closed]

What are some online resources that can be used for finding an HT package?
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How to feed coax from inside car?

What is the best (or standard) way to get coax from the radio in the car to the outside of the car without smashing it and damaging the line? If I just put it through the door crack, it seems to ...
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Is using an HT and walking considered mobile?

I've seen many contests define mobile as something like being able to legally move and broadcast. Well, using an HT while walking I can legally move. Does this count as mobile contacts for a contest?
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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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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 to calculate or estimate surface area of required ground plane for a mobile antenna?

I don't have conditions for installation of a fixed 2 m/70 cm antenna at home, so I'm thinking of using a mobile magnetically mounted antenna on a conductive plate instead. So my question is: What ...
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Bicycle mobile antenna

I have mounted mobile verticals (mag mounts) on my bicycle, but I have learnt that a bike does not have a good RF ground because there is nothing close to a plane. Without wasting too much more ...
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Does effective grounding of mobile (vehicle) antenna mounts address common-mode currents?

While researching how best to install my mobile amateur radio in my car, I didn't understand if there was optimum Antenna Feedline Length for mobile installations? Understanding that this is caused ...
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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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Is a VHF antenna on a vehicle's body a bad idea?

For context, I'm brand new, with nothing but an HT & 19" dual band (2m/70cm) whip on it. While I'll likely go with a magnetically mounted vertical antenna, I've been thinking of other more covert ...
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Maximum Input Wattage of MFJ-1717PL Antenna

I was wondering if anybody knew the maximum input wattage of the MFJ-1717PL Antenna. I was going to use this with the Yaesu FT-1900R mobile radio mounted in a Pelican case.
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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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What are some good options for covert dual band vehicle antennas?

Would like to have a 50W mobile in my SUV, but I'm not allowed to have a big whip on the outside. What 2m/70cm dual band antennas are available that don't say, "Ham Radio Operator"? Are there three ...
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What's wrong with 220MHz?

It seems like 220MHz is the bastard step-child of the amateur world. Every HT is either 2m or 2m/70cm. Some companies offer tri-banders, but they almost always add 6m (?!), not 220MHz. The only way ...
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Buddipole model comparison

Can anyone give me some insight into the different Buddipole models available? They look pretty similar to me except for the sizes. What would make you choose one over the other?
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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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Battery sizing for power draw

Note that this question isn't about battery capacity, at least not per se. I have a 100 Watt mobile transceiver. At 12 V and assuming 50% efficiency, that means it draws a little under 20 Amps at full ...
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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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75 watts and a mag mount antenna

I am planning to get a Yaesu FT2900R 2 meter rig for my 2001 Honda Accord. With my 5w FT60, I wasn't able to reach repeaters that were any more than 10 miles distant (I live among mountains.) How ...
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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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How to improve VHF/UHF Baofeng UV-82 HT reception in vehicle

I have a Baofeng UV-82 dual-band (2m/70cm) HT with an SMA male connector for the stock "rubber-ducky" antenna. I would like to use it in my vehicle. I would like a high-quality magnetic mount dual-...
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Kenwood D710: loud fan noise when used in the shack

The fan in the Kenwood D710 mobile radio is turning on on every transmission, including the periodic APRS beacons. This happens even when there is no actual need for spinning it, and is very annoying ...
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How can I prevent my mobile radio from draining my vehicle's battery?

I'm a very absentminded ham. I have a radio mounted in my car, wired directly to the vehicle battery. Fuses and high-gauge wire and all that good stuff. But, if I accidentally leave it on, my battery ...
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How do I power my radio in a vehicle mobile install?

I want to install a 30W mobile UHF radio in my car. I already have an antenna and mounting bracket - but how do I get power to this radio? It has an SAE bullet connector on the back - do I just need a ...