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    Default Sooo I bought another radio

    Well after 2 years of dual banding, and playing on repeaters. I decided that it was time for a little more long distance simplex operation. VHF/UHF is pretty awesome for up to 75Km, but wanted to try my hand at 3-500km and maybe a little DXing when conditions are good.

    Sold my Yaesu FT8800 VHF/UHF rig, replaced it with a Yaesu FT8900 440/144/28/50 with cross band repeat. should be some more fun challenges.

    The radio is already programmed and installed in the truck (it is exactly the same physically as the 8800) just need a new antenna setup now, and I am good to go!

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    awesome! i really want to get a fixed unit with more power for my truck. my handheld has some serious range limitations.

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    Psst, HF is a lot of fun mobile as well. Tell the wife you need another radio..... I have a spare couch if you need to hit one up for a few days after the needing another radio.

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    Oh no it happened again. Just picked up a IC 706 HF CW all modes +2m

    still working on installing. I have an antenna for the 2m side. i'll have to get another for the HF. It uses 2 antennas.

    So ya. FT8900r with CR8900a antenna will be in the for sale in the for sale section later tonight

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    Well, its about time..
    I just sold my IC-7000 this spring from my truck. Just stuck with lonely 2 metre. I've shifted towards more SOTA operations for a spell.

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    Now just remember to run grounding strap between all the large metal parts of the truck. And don't forget to put a grounding d
    Strap at the end of the exhaust pipe up to the frame or you will have noise problems. Bond and ground like the straps are free.

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    Even on on a diesel truck?

    I have the radio grounded fairly well. No noise issues yet

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    Quote Originally Posted by uriedog View Post
    Even on on a diesel truck?

    I have the radio grounded fairly well. No noise issues yet
    Yup. You may not notice much on 20 meters and up but 40 and down you will hear your alternater( maybe) and your injectors. When you mount that ( and all your ham sticks) 20 ham stick, keep it as far back from the cab as possible..

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    I personally only bond if there is an issue, compared to the bond everything or it won't work school of thought. Never experienced what you are talking about Mike. Three trucks and 8-10 different radios, some with amps, hamsticks, homebrew antennas.

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