Friday, October 31, 2014

Installing the Kenwood TM-D710G

Well I chose today (Halloween) to install my Kenwood TM-D710G Dual Bank APRS Radio into my vehicle. The weather was nice for the kids out halloween'ing, and comfortable to be working on the vehicle.

I'll include some pics later to show the wiring from my battery, as well as the mounting of the head unit and the transceiver under the seat.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Car Antenna Setup

Well, I tried the TRAM 1181 several weeks ago when I was still using my Yaesu handheld and the coverage was less that that of my Larsen 5/8 wave. So I have stayed with the Larsen:

I drive a Hyundai Accent (Which I will never buy again, I have had the worst service from the Calgary dealer and absolutely no support from Hyundai Canada!!!)

With the new vehicles, the gap between the hood & fender of trunk & fender is very narrow. So I went with a Comet CP-5NMO Trunk Lip Mount which uses 18" of RG-174 at the mount to allow clearance for the cable to enter the vehicle, and then converts back to 17' of RG-58 to reach your radio.

This arrangement is working out well for me.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Looking for a mobile antenna

I'm shopping for a new 2m/70cm mobile antenna, and it looks like the most economical route is a TRAM 1181

Jerry, VE6-AB has had good luck with his, so I'm interested to see how it performs on my mobile.