VX-8's, GPS, APRS & Amateur Radio

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Thu Oct 22, 2009 11:48 am

On my trip to the mainland yesterday I received a couple of APRS packets. Whilst at Clydebank, Glasgow I had qso's with hams in Ayrshire through the Dalry repeater which was 25 miles from where I was....EXCELLENT for a handheld to do that kind of distance. 1800mAh battery was WELL-WORTH getting...it stood up to several hours on dual band mode doing GPS & APRS whilst scanning 6m, 2m and 70cm's and talking on 2 meters. All in all, I'm VERY happy with my VX-8....IT WAS A LOT OF MONEY to pay out for it and all the extras but in my opinion (and a few hams on other forums) it's worth every penny! :D
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Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:16 pm

Have ordered a dual band mag mount antenna so I can sit in the car with my VX-8E and work 2 meters & 70 cm's. The trouble I was finding standing outside doing portable operations was the neighbours next door have a German Shepherd that barks it's head off all the time I'm trying to call CQ or have a QSO!!! Anyone else tried a small dual band mag mount antenna? I REALLY fancy a Wilson 2 mtr 5/8....perhaps put it on my b'day/Xmas list for this year?? :)
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Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:17 pm

do they do a wilson 2 meter antenna

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Mon Jan 11, 2010 2:55 pm

Yeah, it's a quite big, 5/8 mag mount antenna just for 2 meters.....I'm VERY tempted!
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Mon Jan 11, 2010 3:50 pm

well you learn something new every day


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Mon Jan 11, 2010 7:35 pm

how talls a 7/8 for 2mtrs.
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Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:47 pm

2000mm divide by 8 = 250mm then multiply 250mm by 7 = 1750mm or 1.75m or 69.89 inch or 5.74 feet or 5 feet 9 inch approx :D

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Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:54 pm

well thats small
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Tue Jan 12, 2010 9:15 am

If it's too small I can convert it into barleycorns which is 206.693 bar. however that is only 1.02832 smoots, mind you that equals 8.6992 links :lol:

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Wed Jan 13, 2010 11:17 am

Found something online for my Yaesu VX-8E: a mag mount with SMA connector and plug so I can use the Diamond SRH-940 6m/2m/70cm antenna (which is fantasic) stuck on top of the car! Good eh? Cross with myself that I didn't find it before I'd ordered the dual band mag mount antenna but never mind, it was less than a tenner!! So, I've got the mag mount on order....wonder how long it'll take with all this bad weather?? :D
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Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:56 am

A VERY BIG YAY!!! Tuesday I went to the mainland with my VX-8E and success (with the APRS features on it).....showed up on http://aprs.fi and my wife was able to stalk me (as she put it). Anyway, why now I hear you ask...it's because I've been in and changed settings and programmed it up right. Just now I've been storing a 70cm repeater into the memory, with great difficulty 'cause it had a REALLY odd split...that'll be another repeater to try next time I'm accross the water. :D
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