ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

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Re: ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

Post by Bowman1 » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:35 pm

Here's a couple of mine from last summer. believe it or not, I've added more crap I mean equipment since then. And yes, I replaced the sagging table.

From L to R:


Drake R8 comm receiver
Ameritron linear amp
Icom R71 receiver
Kenwood ham transceiver
Watkins Johnson 8718A Receiver
Icom HAM transceiver
Acoustic Research powered partner speaker
Racal RA 6790/GM receiver

Not pictured: Icom IC-251 2m rig
Hallicrafter SX-73 receiver
JRC NRD-525 receiver




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Re: ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

Post by uncleben03 » Tue Aug 24, 2010 8:17 pm

Mobile setup: POV style

Icom V-8000 VHF
Radioshack Pro-2096 digital scanner
Motorola Radius M-1225 (VHF work)
I also have a Uniden Grant LT that has a temp mount on the other side of the console for road trips
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My basement office has a Uniden BCT-15 scanning the 4 surrounding counties, and I feed them to an online feed on RadioReference.com so people can listen to it online. I have a wideband omnidirectional antenna on a 10-foot mast on the roof of my residence that feeds the scanner.
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Re: ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

Post by Nailz » Sat Oct 09, 2010 2:16 pm

Radio guy wrote:I seem to have a fetish for green radios and here are a few of my favorites. These are probably the latest mil radios you can legally own and anything newer will probably have embedded Type 1 encryption that you really don't want to be associated with.

The front unit is a Harris PRC-138 25w HF/VHF manpack, 1.6 to 60MHz continuous AM/FM/SSB/Digital voice/frequency hopping/encryption. It has a built in antenna tuner that will tune anything and the radio is full DSP with selectable IF bandwidths and syllabic squelch.

The rear radio is a Harris PRC-117D(E) that covers 30 to 420MHz AM and FM with frequency hopping.

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Good stuff... I can still remember using the "Prick 77's" in the Corps. Where can you pick these types of puppies up and for how much?
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Post by Radio guy » Sat Oct 09, 2010 5:00 pm

77's are easy to find on Epay and range from about $150 to ridiculous. I think under $200 is a fair price for a good working PRC-77.

The radios in the pic are a little harder to come by. Here is a link to someone selling a few PRC-138s: http://www.murphyjunk.bizland.com/id38.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The 30-420MHz PRC-117D(E) is even harder to find, I've only seen 4 surplus and I have 2 of them.
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Radio guy wrote:I seem to have a fetish for green radios and here are a few of my favorites. These are probably the latest mil radios you can legally own and anything newer will probably have embedded Type 1 encryption that you really don't want to be associated with.

The front unit is a Harris PRC-138 25w HF/VHF manpack, 1.6 to 60MHz continuous AM/FM/SSB/Digital voice/frequency hopping/encryption. It has a built in antenna tuner that will tune anything and the radio is full DSP with selectable IF bandwidths and syllabic squelch.

The rear radio is a Harris PRC-117D(E) that covers 30 to 420MHz AM and FM with frequency hopping.

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Good stuff... I can still remember using the "Prick 77's" in the Corps. Where can you pick these types of puppies up and for how much?

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Re: ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

Post by Nailz » Sat Oct 09, 2010 6:34 pm

Awesome, thanks! I wonder though, without a mobile repeater that would be in the vehicle, is there anyway to get a boost in range over the standard 2 km's?
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Re: ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

Post by Radio guy » Sat Oct 09, 2010 10:29 pm

If you talking PRC-77s the antenna will make a world of difference. Two PRC-77s in vehicles on 6m with roof mounted antennas are good for 5-15mi or more depending on terrain. Up the power to 50w and you can probably double that range.
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Nailz wrote:Awesome, thanks! I wonder though, without a mobile repeater that would be in the vehicle, is there anyway to get a boost in range over the standard 2 km's?

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Post by Nailz » Sat Oct 16, 2010 2:28 pm

Thank you much!
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Post by Bowman1 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:56 pm

Look what the UPS man just delivered?

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It's getting a workout tonight at the house, but will end up installed in the mobile before too long.
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Post by mattltm » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:24 pm

Welcome to the 857 club!

I love mine to bits.
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Post by American_Infidel » Wed Dec 01, 2010 1:42 pm

I always like it when the big brown truck brings goodies like that. I have the '897 and like it a lot.
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Post by Noven » Sat Dec 04, 2010 7:44 pm

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Post by mikester » Wed Jan 26, 2011 4:41 pm

k8cix wrote:Station of K8CIX. Back Up Power is Solar powered.
I spy that Yaesu FT-1500M mounted under the bench. Probably the most solid 2-meter workhorse ever made. All the ones I see for sale are dangerously close to the same price they sold for new.

What a great radio. Today's entry-level offerings are not even on the same plane.

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Post by ke4yqd » Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:32 am

Here's my truck. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkAkWvtA068" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

I'll have to get a video of the house.

Total equipment list
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Icom 751a WORKHORSE!!! +datacables
Yaesu FT 857d +datacables
Yaesu FT 100 +datacables
Icom 706 +datacables
Yaesu FT 101B (datacables?? what are those)

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1/4 wave vertical on 80, 40, 20, 10
3/4 wave on 15, 6
Eliminator screwdrive antenna on truck

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ADI-147 provides link (ke4yqd-l)to local K0SWI 146.82- repeater
Yaesu ft 8500 dual band +datacables

Handies all dual banders
2 x Yaesu FT60R
2 x Icom Z1A with two detachable faceplates!
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Post by CREEPER » Wed Mar 16, 2011 1:39 am

WARNING: I've got an ancient 2970 and I know how to use it!! Wurd.

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Post by nacho » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:56 am

Some of my junk, and some radios.
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From L-R
Motorola MTS 2000 UHF
BK EPH VHF (working on for a friend)
BK EMH VHF (parts radio) next to a spare dual band mag mount
16ch Bearcat scanner I bought for $5
Kenwood TK2170 VHF
Motorola MaxTrack UHF running off the Astron
old BK speaker
MFJ SWR meter
Yaesu 1802 2M

I have a few other HT's that aren't in frame. All but the MaxTrack, including the drop in chargers and the lamp above the bench, run off solar power.
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Post by CipherNameRaVeN » Tue Jul 12, 2011 1:11 pm

I am just getting into Communications. I have a HAM book on order. When it arrives, I'll learn what I can before I buy a radio.
I don't want to just buy a radio, I want to understand the ins and outs of it.

So far I only have this little handheld CB radio.
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Post by Shotgunner » Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:01 pm

HEY GUY & GALS. iM WORKING HARD TO GET MY FIRST HAM LICENSE CAN I GET ANY TIPS OR ANY ADVICE ON THE TEST. THE STUDY MANUALS ARE KINDA SHAKY. IM PULLING MY BRAINS OUT OVER THIS BUT CERTEN SUBJECTS ARE KICKING MY ARSSS....
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Post by TacAir » Sat Oct 22, 2011 4:45 pm

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In use w/o shelter
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In 'transport' mode
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Fun, huh?
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Post by run4thehills » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:30 pm

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Kenwood TM-D700. Yeah, it's old, but it's a great radio! Does everything I need and more, hope to get into APRS soon

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Re: ZS Hot or Not: Communications edition (Pics & Links)

Post by Dirty Irish » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:34 pm

Here's the way the rig is set up:



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The rig itself is set up under the driver side seat. There are zip ties there, don't be alarmed, I have industrial strength velcro attached to the base of the rig as well.

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It's not the "prettiest" set up, but it's working thus far.

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Post by Sheepdog-Z » Fri Mar 02, 2012 11:45 pm

TacAir wrote:Image

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In use w/o shelter
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Fun, huh?
Easily my favorite post here -- it's refreshing to see a comms geek with something they can carry into the field. In so many cases, comms is a huge limitation, and it's even worse when those who want to help so bad are tethered to their vehicles! THANK YOU!
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Post by CREEPER » Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:30 pm

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My brand spanking new RCI 2970N2. I'm just weeks from getting my tech class license, so I'll probably be adding a YAESU 2900 for two meter. I wanted a YAESU FT 857, but with only a tech license, I could only use 10 & 2 meter for voice on it anyway. But I DO get chills looking at them......
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