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  1. Ryan Harden
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  3. Monday, 11 March 2019
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Ok here are my initial thoughts. I need to have CB, but I'm also getting licensed for amateur radio. Our folks talk on 2-meter bands usually so at first, I wanted 1 radio to do it all. After a bunch of looking, nothing really does that well and the quad-band radio antennas are complex, ugly and not good for tree brush. Because everyone and their mom runs CB, I have to have that in my rig but I don't want 3 or 4 radios. Here's my solution to talking on CB (that's 11-meter channels), and then ham for 10-meter, 2-meter, and 70-centimeter (most common bands for wheeling).

Ham Radio Outlet has a crazy sale that David (Tori Reynolds husband) sent me to for a YAESU FTM-400XDR.

So for APRS 2m 70cm goodies I'd jam with the Yaesu FTM-400XDR System, Bluetooth maybe, RAM mount and the speaker camera mic thing maybe. Here's the link to HRO
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Yaesu FTM-400XDR - 2m/430 MHz: 50 W FM, C4FM FDMA w/ GPS for APRS(1200/9600 bps), Micro SD
RX: 108-990 MHz


This radio can also be modded to run FRS (family radio service) and MURS so I could hear (wouldn't want to transmit on those) for guiding.



David knows a lot about radios, I know just about nothing. The coupon is like $140 off so this looks like a good deal. Not sure on what antenna to use yet.

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Ok, so over on the CB side, the K40 top load antenna I have already is modulated for 10m and 11m so if I get a
Stryker SR-94HPC
and do the CB radio mod (literally just cutting one wire) I can use this radio on 10m HAM (40watts FM) and CB 11m (4 or 10 watts AM 1-40 CB channels).



Then, I'll put my cobra CB in the truck and get another k40 for that... or maybe get another Stryker because this unit us fairly cheap and I'll just sell the cobra.
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LOOKS LIKE THE PERFECT SOLUTION.... CAN WE GET BETTER PRICING ON A BUNCH OF THEM?
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Not sure about bulk pricing.
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Could you see if your distributors carry them or how many we'd need to order for you to make a bulk order? This way, any stock is done through your store? I haven't ordered these two radios yet so let us know.
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And here is how to set APRS up with my Samsung tab A and offline maps!

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Ordered the FTM-400XDR and CT-165 cable today.
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You guys may want to try the Uniden Bearcat 980SSB CB radio.It has the 5W AM, 15 W SSB as well as the weather channels. HRO sells them or you can get them on eBay for $145.99. I've had mine for years and it works well. My 2 meter ham rig is a Kenwood TM281, HRO has them for about $140 last I checked. 65 Watts on high power.
I would love to see more drivers get their ham licenses, its a great hobby. But don't use one without the license. Big fines from the FCC.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Uniden-BC-980-AM-SSB-Bearcat-CB-Radio-7-Color-980SSB/183200493409?epid=5028312738&hash=item2aa799af61:g:WlQAAOSwdGFYq2pc:sc:USPSPriority!53075!US!-1
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The big reason I wanted to post this with these products are for the mapping and tracking features. Don Mascarella has the Bluetooth add-on for his Kenwood that does the same thing. Alexander Bub Don actually got his examiner license and Jeremy Wolff is getting his soon so all we need is a 3rd person and we could do our own jeep'n ham cram/testing sessions at some events for our members (and the public).

As our groups and events are getting to be 20-50 rigs fairly regularly, once we level and map northern Wisconsin, it would be very good to have the leaders using ham especially in the large groups where we'd likely split up between around a trail network. If each team of Trail Guide Ambassadors could see one other (because most won't know what roads or trails we're on) this would be a very visual way to show where each group is.
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