2112 Milwaukee
Located just northwest of Milwaukee
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2112 Milwaukee
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1673 - American Eagle 1673

You can normally find me on 21.189 (ch. 19) AM,
but when skip is active, you'll find me at 27.385 (ch. 38) LSB.
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My Mobile Unit




I was telling the person I meet on ch. 30 about my radio and that I am looking for another one and he said he had a Uniden PC122 for sale. For a microphone I bought a generic power mic, took a risk that paid off, I get great reports with the. For an antenna I bought a 4' Firestick with a huge triple magnet for the trunk. It's dead on 1:1 on ch. 20 and only 1.2:1 on ch. 1 and 40, worked out well. What I really like is that this radio fit in one of the storage things on the dash/counsole, so it looks as if it came with the car.

Mobile radio
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Mobile radio
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For a base, it was harder.
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My Base Station

 

The same person that sold me the PC122XL also sold me a Galaxy DX 959 and a 10 amp power supply. For a mic I found a Syncron MB+4-s base power mic on Facebook buy-sell-trade (can't remember the price).  That part was easy, the hard part was setting up an antenna system, the most important part. I live in an apartment building and the landlord will not allow anything outside of the building, but fortunately he said I could place one in the attack.

I started with a dipole I purchased on eBay for around $14. I could have built one but for only $14, I'd rather skip the hassle. For coax, I bought some RG-8x locally for $0.90 a foot but I'm not at all happy with it, later I purchase some of the same from eBay for a second antenna for only $0.35 a foot and it's much higher quality.

Anyway, I could not get my SWR down, I assumed it was because I was getting reflection from things in the attic like the duct work so I purchased an antenna matcher.  I was able to get a MFJ-949D DELUXE VERSA TUNER II for only $59.00.

I put the dipole horizontal because I planned on putting up a vertical antenna so I would have one each way. After looking into different options, I decided to copy someone who made an antenna buy putting 2 Firesticks back to back vertically. I followed his example perfectly but I could not set the SWR anywhere near safe so I gave up.  I spent a while thinking about what to do, then I decided to use one of the Firesticks and make a groundplane. I purchased some #14 solid THHN and used the parts from the back to back system and it worked great. After finishing my SWR was 1:1 on ch. 1 and 1:1.3 on ch. 40.  I can't get the SWR down any further on 40 because the screw used to adjust the antenna is all the way down already, but I'm not worried, after learning how antenna systems work, I realized that with the Versa Tuner, all my signal would be getting out so I called it good.

Radio setup
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Dipole antenna
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Firestick groundplane
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Base of Firestick groundplane
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