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    Tom previously posted:
    "They have 3 aaa batteries. I will bring it to the cleanup run and you can try it out."

    Sounds good...see you then...
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    Jim previously posted:
    "For a GMRS mobile radio antenna, I'm thinking of a metal mount above the spare tire (typical - center rear of the jeep spare tire). Is some horizontal ferrous plate needed for ground plane / what considerations are needed for antenna mounting (non-magnetic)? Would I wish to mount it high - at or slightly above roof-top to get above the metal rollcage / would a lower mounting (hood) result in signal being blocked / reduced by the roll cage?"

    Higher mounts are generally better. Trying really hard to be concise here, but 1/4 wave whips will perform better with a horizontal conductive plane ( a groundplane or sometimes refered to as a counterpoise) roughly 1/2 wavelength in diameter or so. It does not have to be ferrous, just conductive. For the location you are talking about I would suggest looking into no-groundplane antennas. Sometimes called No-Ground or NGP antennas, they tend to be 1/2 wavelength or 5/8ths wavelength antennas that perform well with very little or no flat metal expanses underneath them. They tend to be a little longer, but they are still pretty short at GMRS wavelengths.

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    I am at the bottom end of the FRS spectrum, I have the cheapest handhelds in a phone holder on a GoPro mount. They're actually made for kids, so they can get wet, dropped, whatever. Works great for the amount I use it, which is usually a few group runs a year.
          

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    Jim previously posted:
    "Midland MXT275"

    oops that's the model i meant to post the same price in my amazon search threw me off

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    Jim previously posted:
    "This review page keeps coming up in my searching. One item I give focus - is their CONS listing for each device:
    https://www.hamtronics.com/best-gmrs-radios/"

    Thanks for the article Jim. I actually really like the Midland radios on there. Another reason why I'm leaning towards just handhelds instead of a mount is using them while skiing/hiking and these seem like good quality while not that expensive.

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    The radios I use are supposedly waterproof and float. Not a feature I specifically looked for, but nice to know when I take the kids kayaking.

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    I ended up installing this GMRS radio in my Jeep. I'll be giving it a thorough test this weekend.

    https://www.amazon.com/Midland-Micro...ix=gmrs&sr=8-8

    I also have this pair of handhelds.

    https://www.amazon.com/GXT1000VP4-Ch...b-0001847aafdb
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    speedkills previously posted:
    "I understand James likes to travel super light in his rig,"

    I've also got 3 shifters, 3 pedals, hand throttle and no power steering or power brakes....radios just distract me and use up a very valuable hand that probably should be doing something more important.

    speedkills previously posted:
    "I also go out a fair bit that I don't go with this group or post up, just feel the need to get out and hit the trails."

    I am kind of the opposite, when i hit the trails solo, I have no interest in a radio - there is no one else to talk to...I only feel some obligation to have one when doing group runs as it seems while we don't require them, its becoming more of an expectation and maybe advantageous, especially when the group size gets big and for things like the clean-up runs. Its all good...we each set our rigs up how we like.
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    Tom previously posted:
    "I think it does. It has the same connection that Baofeng, and Kenwood use for external mic/speaker.
    I think this one would work with it. I have one, loaned permenantly to my son, that I used on my baofeng. Its a speaker mic with an external speaker port. I plugged a bluetooth device to it and to my rollbar speaker and it worked pretty well."

    Just tried it out with my retevis and it works good.
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    FINOCJ previously posted:
    "radios just distract me and use up a very valuable hand"

    Don't worry James we'll get you set up with a rad earpiece hands-free GMRS setup.

    I'm joking here but in the winter I plan on trying to make one for when I go snowmobiling, its annoying when a club member is trying to reach you and you have to stop and kill the engine and try to find how to key the mic with gloves. I might try to install a switch on the handle bars that I can remote key with. For your CJ we'll put it on one of the shifters

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    derf previously posted:
    "I also have this pair of handhelds.

    https://www.amazon.com/GXT1000VP4-Ch...b-0001847aafdb"

    How do you like them? I was looking at them as well.

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    TjMike previously posted:
    "How do you like them? I was looking at them as well."

    Haven't gotten much use out of them but they will be my GMRS on the trip tomorrow since the other radio let out the magic smoke while I was trying to tune it.
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    derf previously posted:
    "since the other radio let out the magic smoke while I was trying to tune it."

    Bummer. I was going to ask you how you planned to mount that antenna. Did the cable get pinched?

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    Trevor? previously posted:
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    I'll debug it after the Red Cone trip today and report back.
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    FYI - Midland is offering 15% off for Black Friday (Code BF15)
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    https://midlandusa.com/collections/offroad

    A question - For a mounted radio, what do folks think of the handset control / display style vs. conventional handset / radio face control / display?

    I have never used an "all inclusive" handset controls style radio and I'm thinking of going in that direction.

    Handset control & display: MXT275VP4 MicroMobile

    Conventional: MXT400VP3 MicroMobile

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    I used a Cobra CB that was mostly all in the handset (everything except for the power supply). Never had any issue with it. It's handy to have everything right there although I rarely made adjustments except when turning it on initially.
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    Spieg previously posted:
    "I used a Cobra CB that was mostly all in the handset (everything except for the power supply). Never had any issue with it. It's handy to have everything right there although I rarely made adjustments except when turning it on initially."

    I like my cobra cb as well. I do occasionally accidentally switch channels, but that is a personal issue. One just needs to remember to lock it. One thing I like is the ease of seeing channels and other controls.
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    Jim previously posted:
    "A question - For a mounted radio, what do folks think of the handset control / display style vs. conventional handset / radio face control / display?"

    I've used the Cobra 75WXST as well with everything in the handset. Mounting it in the confined space of the jeep was easy... more options to tuck the "body" out of sight and hang the handset in easy reach and sight. I also tried using a midland 1001z CB and it was hard to find a spot in the TJ where I wanted to put it. It was either out of reach, up on the dash, or in the way. The midland had a better receiver in it. I think there can be some compromises in cramming everything into a little handset but for offroad use I doubt that difference is really important. My Icom HAM radio has a remote face, and that is useful for mounting, but it took a lot of time and a few custom brackets to mount it the way I wanted it.

    So I think the all-in-handset radios are great if you have limited space, or you want to spend less time installing it for whatever reason. I think those two Midland GMRS radios are very similar in listed features and performance... but the bodies are already smaller than most CB radios so that may open up some options.

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