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Chavez Taquerria....mmmmm


I have no idea what that is , but I will buy if you guys install my HAM radio antenna :)
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hahahahahahahaha!


There is nothing funny about mashed potatoes and gravy young lady :)
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It's probably obvious, but one needs an adapter when going with the SRH-320A as it is a BNC-connector antenna. I actually prefer it this way, as it makes for easy work to switch out antennas (BNC is faster insert/connect than a threaded SMA connector.)

Below is the adapter to get for SMA to BNC.

http://www.hamradio....m?pid=H0-009346

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I only ordered the antenna you recommended, did I need to order this too???

I am so clueless about this stuff!!!!!!!!!!!
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It's probably obvious, but one needs an adapter when going with the SRH-320A as it is a BNC-connector antenna. I actually prefer it this way, as it makes for easy work to switch out antennas (BNC is faster insert/connect than a threaded SMA connector.)


I agree... really, really simple to disconnect and re-connect.

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Uh oh, I hope I ordered the right HAM stuff.
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I only ordered the antenna you recommended, did I need to order this too???

I am so clueless about this stuff!!!!!!!!!!!


Negative, this is the handheld antenna we're talking about (the small one when you're not in your vehicle), not the one mounted to your car. You can pick this up as well, but your radio comes with an HT antenna, so it's not necessary.

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There is nothing funny about mashed potatoes and gravy young lady :)


I was laughing at the comment in general that you have an infatuation with potato products.

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I was laughing at the comment in general that you have an infatuation with potato products.


Who me???????? :-) <GRIN>
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I was laughing at the comment in general that you have an infatuation with potato products.


My mother was once given a 50 lbs. bag of Idaho Russets for a Christmas gift.

I'm there with you David. My new favorite potato dish is the garlic and cheddar cheese fries at Super Duper burger. The 6 month old aged cheese is what makes it really stand out. Mmmmmmmmm...

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My mother was once given a 50 lbs. bag of Idaho Russets for a Christmas gift.

I'm there with you David. My new favorite potato dish is the garlic and cheddar cheese fries at Super Duper burger. The 6 month old aged cheese is what makes it really stand out. Mmmmmmmmm...


6 month old aged cheese and potatoes? Well hello.
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There is nothing funny about mashed potatoes and gravy young lady :)


I agree. I had mashed potatoes and gravy last night. Tastey and Good!


Almost as good as biscuits and gravy.

mmmmm...........

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Almost as good as biscuits and gravy.


I miss biscuits and gravy. Why won't anyone make a gravy without the sausage bits? I think I might do that at the 2015 Annual... Vegetarian biscuits and gravy. And you'll like it!

Why are we talking about breakfast foods again?

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Just use a strainer. No more sausage bits!

I think that would be a nice addition to Sunday's breakfast.

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I think that would be a nice addition to Sunday's breakfast.


I was thinking the same thing!



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Vegetarian biscuits and gravy


Are you sure that's a thing?

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Are you sure that's a thing?


Yes. Where there's a will... There's a way.


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So question. Ive never had a vehicle-mounted antenna before. I just orderes the kaymar bumper. Is it better to mount the amtenna on the rear bumper and go with a tall whip or the baja rack? If i mount it to the baja i will be more concerned about cable routing. If the kaymar i just have to get the wire under the truck and out to the rear bumper.

I dont forsee a vehicle mounted radio. Ill probably just connect it to my HT. Thoughts?

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So question. Ive never had a vehicle-mounted antenna before. I just orderes the kaymar bumper. Is it better to mount the amtenna on the rear bumper and go with a tall whip or the baja rack? If i mount it to the baja i will be more concerned about cable routing. If the kaymar i just have to get the wire under the truck and out to the rear bumper.

I dont forsee a vehicle mounted radio. Ill probably just connect it to my HT. Thoughts?


I'll give my thoughts, but I think you already know the answer. ::amuse::

Antenna clearance is a relatively key factor when it comes to the types of 2 meter (146.460MHz) communication we're doing on trail most often. When terrain is hilly/mountainous, it's not an uncommon occurrence for half of a convoy to be calling on one side of a mountain and the other half being unable to receive transmissions from the first, even though they are only hundreds of yards apart. This is by far the greatest obstacle we deal with for trail comms. Having said that, those same hills can be somewhat useful as reflectors of your signal... if you have the power to do it. With an HT (typical power ~5-10W), you will want all the advantage you can get... for that, mount it up above the roofline. With a rat-tail file and a grommet, you can move back the weather seal material at the rear tailgate and grind down an opening to weave a cable through. You use the grommet to protect the cable at that transition point... then it's just working the cable back behind panels, under mats until it is relatively hidden but still fairly accessible.

From an aesthetics perspective, I think the antenna looks best mounted on the upper tailgate or rear bumper of the LR4... this is obviously not an optimal location (low height, huge obstruction near the antenna)

I'll be going over some of this in greater detail at the April MORG during the Trail Communications & Orienteering technical series that NCLR puts on.

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Jares i kinda figured. I had a couple thoughts/questions.. so if the antenna is bumper mounted but the highest point is say 6' above the roof is it any better/worse than a 6' antenna mounted to the roof at the back of the rig (same overall height above truck).

Second i was thinking of building a mastlike the one kaymar makes for my bumper when it arrives. I could then use it to raise the starting point of the antenna to a place closer to the top of the vehicle..

I just dont know if the starting point matters or just the overall max height above vehicle.

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I got my radio and supplies today! Yay! I will know tomorrow if I am able to goto South Cow Mountain... If not, maybe we can plan the antenna install at Tom's place? Sorry for being up in the air, but I won't know if my UT family is coming for the weekend until tomorrow.
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