Monday, January 14, 2019

Day 6 - Benson, AZ - TT

This is the shot of the installation of the dual-band radio in the truck. The support is a gizmo that fits into the pretty much-unused CD slot on the stock radio. It has a magnet on it to hold a cell phone with a metal plate glued on. I found a lightweight steel angle at Ace Hardware and drilled a new hole for the 1/4-20 screw on the head unit. It looks fine though I don't know how much it'll vibrate. This unit supports cross-band repeat. Directions are on YouTube since they aren't in the owners manual. Cross-band repeat allows you to communicate with this mobile unit using a low power handheld and it repeats your audio out on the higher power 2M radio.

I tried it out using the one watt setting on the UHF Baofeng handheld and connected to the repeater here in Benson. Again, not sure if anyone monitors the repeater but I did receive the identification morse code from the repeater so I believe it works.

We didn't go anywhere today. I wrestled with the cover on the cargo carrier so I could fit the bicycle on it again. The cover is still a little damp so I really should spread it out so it can dry.

2 comments:

david R said...

Nice install, Our appointments are made, ticket bought and we'll be in Loma Linda next Monday.

RichardM said...

Thanks for the update. I’m sure that in spite of the circumstances, you’ll find things to do and places to go.