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Forum: Scanner / Receiver Antennas Yesterday, 9:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 192
Posted By mmckenna
That's a lot of money for that antenna, but it's...

That's a lot of money for that antenna, but it's up to you.

The antenna will work without a ground plane, but it'll work better with one. The biscuit tin under it will work. Ideally you want a...
Forum: Kenwood & EF Johnson Forum Yesterday, 9:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 137
Posted By mmckenna
Hecto, Welcome, let me see if I can help you...

Hecto,

Welcome, let me see if I can help you out.
Bear with me, when a new member with 1 post asks detailed questions like this, it takes some work to answer without going into too much detail or...
Forum: Radio Equipment Installation Forum Yesterday, 3:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,055
Posted By mmckenna
A personal pet peeve of mine, too. Usually a...

A personal pet peeve of mine, too. Usually a tek-screw or something similar straight into the dashboard.

I think the first personal install I did used sheet metal screws. All it took was one...
Forum: Industry Discussion Yesterday, 12:19 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By mmckenna
I think that's a logical approach. Not as...

I think that's a logical approach.

Not as much money to be made, though.
Forum: Industry Discussion 12-09-2018, 5:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By mmckenna
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Not much better, but not aluminum. ...
Forum: Greater Los Angeles & Inland Areas Discussion 12-09-2018, 4:04 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,331
Posted By mmckenna
No, it's not the DOJ legal counsel. It was the...

No, it's not the DOJ legal counsel. It was the individual agency that did this. The DOJ in California is NOT requiring encryption.



We shall. As systems go digital due to natural...
Forum: Industry Discussion 12-09-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By mmckenna
I agree. NFPA shouldn't be involved in this,...

I agree.

NFPA shouldn't be involved in this, but someone needs to. Who would that be.

And there are building owners that think fire sprinklers and fire alarm systems are a waste of money, but...
Forum: Industry Discussion 12-09-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By mmckenna
And there is no shortage of "certified...

And there is no shortage of "certified installers" who took a few day course from a manufacturer and are now putting these systems up. Kind of like traditional electrical contractors that suddenly...
Forum: Industry Discussion 12-09-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,900
Posted By mmckenna
I won't touch on the annoyance with the NFPA,...

I won't touch on the annoyance with the NFPA, other than I agree with some of what you are saying. I'll also add that most of us don't have the authority to overrule the local fire inspector. So,...
Forum: ICOM Receivers 12-09-2018, 12:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By mmckenna
I didn't need up to 7GHz, but I'm under our IT...

I didn't need up to 7GHz, but I'm under our IT organization. When the network guys found out I was ordering this, they wanted one to do 5.8GHz WiFi and point to point radios. Of course none of them...
Forum: Greater Los Angeles & Inland Areas Discussion 12-09-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,331
Posted By mmckenna
The DOJ didn't require it be removed. It was the...

The DOJ didn't require it be removed. It was the departments own legal counsel that recommended it.

The California DOJ is not mandating encryption. Our department just went through a DOJ...
Forum: ICOM Receivers 12-08-2018, 8:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By mmckenna
Manufacturers are still not permitted to sell...

Manufacturers are still not permitted to sell radios in the USA that will cover the 800MHz cellular frequencies. That goes back to when cell phones were analog and a scanner could listen in on phone...
Forum: ICOM Receivers 12-08-2018, 4:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 411
Posted By mmckenna
A lot of people still using analog, which this...

A lot of people still using analog, which this radio will do just fine for.

Your County:
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Forum: Amateur Radio General Discussion 12-08-2018, 3:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 399
Posted By mmckenna
That's one of the main reasons I've stayed away...

That's one of the main reasons I've stayed away from e-ham.
If you posted "1+1=2", someone would start an argument over there. Although the same can happen here sometimes.

I tried to use e-ham a...
Forum: CB Radio Forum 12-08-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 233
Posted By mmckenna
Not on your list, but cheap and work great: Get...

Not on your list, but cheap and work great:
Get a used Motorola speaker. You'll need to solder on an 1/8" plug to match your radio.
They're built well and have nice big speakers. I've used them...
Forum: Greater Los Angeles & Inland Areas Discussion 12-07-2018, 6:28 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,331
Posted By mmckenna
Communications breakdowns can happen for a lot of...

Communications breakdowns can happen for a lot of reasons, and more often than not (in my experience) it's user error, not the technology.

Encryption, on its own, isn't a risk to communications...
Forum: Amateur Radio Antennas 12-07-2018, 6:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 176
Posted By mmckenna
The diamond RH77CA is designed for VHF and UHF,...

The diamond RH77CA is designed for VHF and UHF, specifically the 2 meter amateur radio band (144-148MHz) and the 70 centimeter band (430-450MHz).

It might work OK for weather band and the VHF air...
Forum: Kenwood & EF Johnson Forum 12-07-2018, 6:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By mmckenna
"Better" depends on what the OP is trying to do. ...

"Better" depends on what the OP is trying to do. MDC-1200 is kind of limited when compared to FleetSync. FleetSync has a lot more capability, like being able to send GPS location, longer data...
Forum: Greater Los Angeles & Inland Areas Discussion 12-07-2018, 4:41 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,331
Posted By mmckenna
Most have zero clue what it is, so won't have an...

Most have zero clue what it is, so won't have an opinion other than what Social Media tells them to have.
Forum: Kenwood & EF Johnson Forum 12-07-2018, 4:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By mmckenna
Not much you can do with MDC1200 on these. As...

Not much you can do with MDC1200 on these. As you said, FleetSync has more capabilities.

"Extended Function" "AUX" tab would be a place to look at output and input options for the rear connector....
Forum: CB Radio Forum 12-07-2018, 4:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,440
Posted By mmckenna
Certainly wouldn't be the first time some radio...

Certainly wouldn't be the first time some radio shop pulled a stunt like this.
BearCom was known for doing this on GMRS back in the late 1990's.
Forum: Kenwood & EF Johnson Forum 12-07-2018, 2:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By mmckenna
You'd need to upgrade both the KPG-89 and the...

You'd need to upgrade both the KPG-89 and the radio firmware to access the MDC-1200 functions.
Forum: Kenwood & EF Johnson Forum 12-07-2018, 1:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By mmckenna
Latest (Nov 2012): Radio Firmware 1.22 KPG-89...

Latest (Nov 2012):
Radio Firmware 1.22
KPG-89 v1.61.

I'm using a TK-3180 and have MDC-1200 on it.
Forum: Kenwood & EF Johnson Forum 12-07-2018, 1:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 810
Posted By mmckenna
MDC1200 on the TK-x180 line is a firmware upgrade...

MDC1200 on the TK-x180 line is a firmware upgrade for most radios.
Forum: Greater Los Angeles & Inland Areas Discussion 12-07-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 4,331
Posted By mmckenna
I'm sure Uniden and Whistler are already feeling...

I'm sure Uniden and Whistler are already feeling the pinch of streaming radio traffic. For most non-technical folks, using streaming media and avoiding having to put up your own radio, antenna, etc....
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