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Jaye Inabnit ke6sls ke6sls at arrl.net
Fri Jul 30 01:20:40 UTC 2010


On Thursday 29 July 2010 13:22:27 Tom Kinahan wrote:
> Jaye KE6SLS:
>
> You said:
>  >What is the set-up that you are using?  (eg. antenna, power level, power
>  >supply)
>  >
>  >What is the digi path setting when mobile?
>
> I'm using the radio as bought, with the dual band rubber duck, with high
> power (I assume about 5W) running off the included battery. I've already
> got too many antennas on my truck, but I'll try tooling around with a mag
> mount connected to the VX8GR after I pick up the adapter. I could add the
> 12v external power while mobile.
>
>
>   Locally I set the digi path using the a local home station that happens
> to be in the neighborhood, so W1BRI, Wide2-2. While on the road, I use the
> default (P3) built into the radio: Wide1-1, Wide2-1.
>
>   I can't really ever reach a wide directly, unless I'm at work, where one
> of the local Wide digipeater is very close to. Again, rubber duck, so far.
> I do realize the limitations of the rubber duck.

Understand.  The rubber attenuator will have a negative effect for sure.  I'm 
going to look into the new(er) ft350 or whatever I just seen in QST the last 
two months--this way I don't have to carry a spare aprs rig with me when on 
the road.

Seems like your digi path is good.  It is mostly gong to be an RF issue.  The 
power supply while underway will help too.  I used it extensively while under 
way the last two months on my motorcycle.  It also kept the battery fully 
charged.

I am currently using a little 1/4~ magmount for the aprs in my truck, that 
seems to work pretty good with the radio set at 1 watt while in town here.  
Out of town, I switch to 5 watts.

Best-o-luck.  73


-- 
jaye, ke6sls

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