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Post by Twink » Tuesday, 31 March 2009, 12:35 PM

i've been looking through here.... and i haven't found too many pics.... i wanna see pics of those BIIIIIG mobeels! i've never seen a bluegill... anyone got pics of that?
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ah ha..... ah ha ha ha..... (flooded with sarcasm) is everyone ashamed of their radios?
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If I had a big setup I'd be proud of it but I'm still a card carrying member of the low power tribe.

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Post by Gummybear » Thursday, 02 April 2009, 18:59 PM

Redwarrior- NOW that is a BIG radio! I want that mual-u-lator board.
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Post by linearone » Friday, 03 April 2009, 7:06 AM

$550 plus you have to have all the external audio gear, mics, amps etc, plus you need to supply a heatsink, case and power supply for the board plus have the knowledge to hook it all up. he sells you JUST the board.
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Post by Gummybear » Friday, 03 April 2009, 10:21 AM

I would say what a rip. it did make a big difference though. I am not sure it is any better than an astatic mic and a quality tech doing mods to the rig for clarity. I know my cobra sounds beaver dam clean for a 29 because of all the work I let my tech do.
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Gummybear wrote:Redwarrior- NOW that is a BIG radio! I want that mual-u-lator board.
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Post by casper9 » Friday, 17 April 2009, 3:47 AM

those are some awesome setups, the suburban with 4 antennas on it probably sounds great. but are those all cb antennas or does he have some ham sticks on there?
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Post by Wile E. Coyote » Friday, 17 April 2009, 5:52 AM

Now that is some big radio set up's. I can remember when radio's in the Jax area were alot smaller and the most power was around 10k back in 1976 when I was stationed a Jax Navy base. Boy, what a change. Nice Pics.

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Post by BG » Friday, 17 April 2009, 16:37 PM

how can they have competitions / meetings like the ones in these pics?? where is the FCC? I don't worry about the FCC showing up at my door for my barefoot 10 meter mobile....but why arent they messing with these guys running 5000+ watts? i would never get away with it.
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Post by yota167 » Friday, 17 April 2009, 18:58 PM

BG wrote:
how can they have competitions / meetings like the ones in these pics?? where is the FCC? I don't worry about the FCC showing up at my door for my barefoot 10 meter mobile....but why arent they messing with these guys running 5000+ watts? i would never get away with it.
It's like anything really. I see lifted pickup trucks with no mud flaps, bumpers that are illegally high, engines that don't meet emission standards, the list goes on....but they never seem to get into any trouble....I ran a gigantic MM4 on one of my trucks with a Fatboy 5 pill sitting on the sit for over a year. Parked it next to cop cars from time to time. NOBODY ever said anything to me. I've been pulled over....nope nothing nadda....DOSY meter insight right next to my radio and fatboy 5 pill. I don't think they really care unless their gettting complaints.

Now ask a HAM( I shouldn't generalize sorry...some hams) that question and your going to get a totally different answer....they are gonna tell you that your going to jail for years and your house will be confiscated.
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Post by Gummybear » Friday, 17 April 2009, 19:22 PM

I know if I can find break list, the FCC can too. So I guess Cb breaks are not high priority. :cheers:
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Post by drdx » Friday, 04 June 2010, 8:39 AM

I'll bump. What's considered a big setup these days? I'll assume that if you're not rolling with a 5kw carrier, you need not post? Just as in the race car/street car world, there is a difference between a real daily driver setup and a "race only" or "keydown" setup. My guess, daily driver, a few kw in a reliable package is big, but as soon as I mention it 5 people will mention how they have 10 20kw mobiles that operate everyday in their area. Many of us can volt something and come up with 5kw for a few seconds, but who's really out there talking? I'd like to see some of that myself. Talk is cheap.


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Post by 420Snowman » Friday, 04 June 2010, 10:22 AM

I totally agree Dr. lets see these setups that can key 20kw and do that on a DAILY basis without burning the car or shack to the ground!!!! Come on guys, we know youre out there!!!

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Tuesday, 08 June 2010, 17:03 PM

Gummybear wrote:I know if I can find break list, the FCC can too. So I guess Cb breaks are not high priority. :cheers:
It's not that they can't find the Key Down events...That part even a dummy could figure out.

Just guessing I don't guess you have ever been to a Key Down...

I can just see some FCC Field Agent showing up at a Key Down ready to confiscate everyones radios, and when he steps out of his car, there's a couple hundred drunk Redneck CB'ers there ready to tell him different... :mrgreen:
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Post by 420Snowman » Wednesday, 14 July 2010, 14:29 PM

Click Click, I want to see these big radios everybody talks about!!!

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BG wrote:
how can they have competitions / meetings like the ones in these pics?? where is the FCC? I don't worry about the FCC showing up at my door for my barefoot 10 meter mobile....but why arent they messing with these guys running 5000+ watts? i would never get away with it.
whats the difference in someone running 5000 + watts and a guy running a export radio
or a guy running a cobra 19 with a power mic

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Post by 420Snowman » Tuesday, 27 July 2010, 10:48 AM

10 Meters are illegal to use on 11 meter bands, I have to agree with Mudduck....

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Post by Hummer » Monday, 02 August 2010, 11:18 AM

I agree with 420Snowman, there are alot of Cbers with mobiles out there that push 10k and over.... where are all the high powered mobiles at? Don't be shy, Take the time and upload those pictures. Break Break!!!
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BUMP!!! COME ON FELLAS, (AND LADIES), I KNOW SOME OF YOU HAVE THE BIG, BIG SETUPS!!!
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Not anywhere near the Biggest out there, but I do get my name called from time to time in DX...

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nice set up JesseJames... What the avg you get out of this setup?
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Post by Sporty Mike » Wednesday, 04 August 2010, 9:16 AM

Your not going to see alot of the "big strapper's" setups. Just like if you go to a street race the real serious guys aren't gonna be showing anybody under their hoods. For those guys with the multiple KW setups it's all about competition, keydowns, or just being the guy who rules the air in their area. Competition, just like at the street races. They want you to think it's a stock 69 Lemans, when in reality it's got a built LT-1, with a 5000 dollar 2 speed automatic, and a stall converter that has a stall speed higher than most of us run on the freeway!! But on the outside it's just a 70's refrigerator green 69 Lemans. I've noticed it's kinda the same way with big radios, they want you to think it's a barefoot Cobra 25.


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Hummer wrote:nice set up JesseJames... What the avg you get out of this setup?
@ around 14+ volts it will do 2000 on the Bird...I'm fixing to order a "Peak" board for my meter so I can see what kind of watt's I'm doing Peak...Right now I don't have a clue, but I figure it should be some where around 3800 to 4000w peak.
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Post by Hummer » Wednesday, 04 August 2010, 16:42 PM

Wow thats amazing, wish my setup could do that. My 150ish watts are nothing compared to that, How much keydown time do you do with that? I hear alot of people running *Censored* and they stick with acouple of minutes of keydown time.... Is that true with the keydown time? Heat causes stress so i would guess so it would be kept to a minimum.
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Hummer wrote:Wow thats amazing, wish my setup could do that. My 150ish watts are nothing compared to that, How much keydown time do you do with that? I hear alot of people running *Censored* and they stick with acouple of minutes of keydown time.... Is that true with the keydown time? Heat causes stress so i would guess so it would be kept to a minimum.
The 16-pill does get hot quick. You could probably fry a egg on it after just 10 minutes of talking...And just sitting still talking the motor compartment gets hot quick too from the heat off the three alternators. (and the fact it's been over a 100 degrees here in the Dallas area now almost everyday probably has something to do with it)

But, I have sit and talked for quite a long time with everything in cooking-mode and so far not had any problems...I am thinking of getting some bigger fans tho for the 16 pill, because the fans that are in it now, are actually the same size as what is in my 6 pill Davemade (which doesn't get hot, but it's also less than half the size of the 16)

Once I get some bigger fans, I'm hopping it wont heat up as much...
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Youre right Sporty, they dont want you to know anything until the street lights get brighter over there parking spot when they key down!!!!!!!!!!!! LOL


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Do they not put 4 fans on the 16 pill DM amps? It looks like all you have is a couple on there that would result in some uneven cooling unless it has some routing in there. I'd get another lid made with more fan holes or something if that's the case. My ww has 4 and it stays cool, I don't push it, but this time of year I do run the ac a few minutes to let it suck through some cool air before use. Heat is heat. No matter the size of the amp if you just jump in a hot car and start using it you're starting out at 100+++ degrees, already a hot amp.

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drdx wrote:Do they not put 4 fans on the 16 pill DM amps? It looks like all you have is a couple on there that would result in some uneven cooling unless it has some routing in there. I'd get another lid made with more fan holes or something if that's the case. My ww has 4 and it stays cool, I don't push it, but this time of year I do run the ac a few minutes to let it suck through some cool air before use. Heat is heat. No matter the size of the amp if you just jump in a hot car and start using it you're starting out at 100+++ degrees, already a hot amp.

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Post by drdx » Thursday, 05 August 2010, 17:46 PM

Maybe that's just a cost saving deal. Chances are, for that size case, the number of 16 pill boxes is a small fraction of the lower pill count ones, but that bites. That should at least be an option when you buy one. My box's fans pull air out, with the input under the board at the rear in the form of vents.

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Post by Hummer » Friday, 06 August 2010, 8:27 AM

ok now i know that were dealing with 12 vdc fans right, just go down and get two more 120 or 140 mm fans. Stick them on there and wire em up.... I have seen pics of these monster boxes and they all look like they have the wholes cut out but only two fans right JesseJames?
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Hummer wrote:ok now i know that were dealing with 12 vdc fans right, just go down and get two more 120 or 140 mm fans. Stick them on there and wire em up.... I have seen pics of these monster boxes and they all look like they have the wholes cut out but only two fans right JesseJames?
Right...but the placement of where the existing fans are would make it hard to add anymore.

I did check with Charger, and he does sell replacement tops for the Davemade 16 pill size boxs with all the screw holes and fan holes cut out, all you have to do is add the fans...The tops are $19 + S&H and did come in Davemade Gold, black, and silver, but he's out of the Gold color, and suggested getting the silver one, and some True Value Gold paint...(I'm not real sure however True Value Gold paint will match the Davemade gold or not...To me the gold on the Davemade box's looks more like a Stain than a Paint)
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Post by drdx » Saturday, 07 August 2010, 6:44 AM

Man, that's too pretty of a box to go to a spray can for the lid. That DM gold to me doesn't look like paint either. I always thought it was some kinda anodyzing or similar deal, like you said, a stain appearance. I'd wait on the matching one or go black. Black wouldn't be bad. I'm not a gold fan but it is part of the Davemade brand so for long term value just keep the original lid, wrap it up and throw it in the attic. That way, when you go to your next bigger box you'll have it around for selling at max dollar. A black lid would look like you're a Saints fan. If the box was silver like most a blue lid may be good if you're a cowboy fan.

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Saturday, 07 August 2010, 18:01 PM

I may go ahead and get a silver one and experiment on it with a stain or something else and see what I can come up with...I'm with you on spray painting it gold and then it look "cheesy"...Least if I can't get something to work, I can always spray over it with Black...
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Post by dragline » Saturday, 07 August 2010, 19:05 PM

all that fan stuff aside.... JJD i sure do appreciate you showing off your rig. Yea everybody wants to keep their "things" "secret". JJD what channel do you all monitor up there in big d? I been passing through pretty regularly lately and channel surfing but cant pick up anybody. Working out of the wal-mart DC over in palestine. Maybe my radio doesnt have "that" channel?

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Post by jessejamesdallas » Sunday, 08 August 2010, 5:56 AM

dragline wrote:all that fan stuff aside.... JJD i sure do appreciate you showing off your rig. Yea everybody wants to keep their "things" "secret". JJD what channel do you all monitor up there in big d? I been passing through pretty regularly lately and channel surfing but cant pick up anybody. Working out of the wal-mart DC over in palestine. Maybe my radio doesnt have "that" channel?
If Skip's rolling I'm usually on 28...You won't find many there if there's no DX tho. And during the week, when 28 is quite then I just keep the radio on 19...
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Post by dragline » Sunday, 08 August 2010, 6:29 AM

alright then willl give it a shot

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Post by 420Snowman » Wednesday, 11 August 2010, 9:38 AM

I hear Jesse ALL THE TIME, he has a unique BIG radio, you wont miss him if its Rolling!!!

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Post by drdx » Wednesday, 11 August 2010, 10:10 AM

Well, I've been guilty lately of not operating much. I took my stuff out to make room for hauling but put it all back in last night and it is all still dialed in. I've got the fever to upgrade to a 32 pill or maybe an AC amp but I'm afraid they're a little moody and beyond my current reach technically. It is hard for me to justify changes to a working setup for just a slight increase in signal but every bit counts. If you hear jesse you should hear me as well, as we're only 40 miles or so apart. I run mine at slightly less wattage but not enough to really notice probably. We can talk back and forth when the skip isn't rolling and we've passed several waves via skip which is always fun.

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Post by 420Snowman » Wednesday, 11 August 2010, 10:22 AM

Then I should be hearing you, I do hear Jesse a LOT when its rolling. Actually the majority of my DX in the last few months has been coming from the south, TX, TN, GA, FL, etc. Do you go by DrDx on skip too, or something else? Maybe I AM hearing you and just dont know it.....

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