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  1. They can be manually tuned by frequency or programmed with memory bank channels to work, yes. Depending on when the radios were manufactured, they may need to be unlocked in order to transmit on GMRS frequencies. GMRS is what most trail leaders prefer to use for caravan communications as more people have GMRS radios than have ham and ham licenses. If you want the F8HP radios programed for easy channel switching, you want this cable and CHIRP to program them, or know someone who has that setup and can program for you. You can program the radio from the radio's keypad, but it is a mild PITA. (See "Programming a Basic Simplex Channel" at the bottom of the page.) Here are the proper settings for the F8HP or any UV-5* radio in CHIRP, or for manual programming use, for all 22 GMRS channels:
  2. Hi @GTGallop, long time no see! Hopefully see you on a trail soon. My thoughts on adding in 6m is yet another antenna. Running GMRS off a dual band is already pushing against a little mismatch although it's yet to damage any of my Yaesu radios (that I've noticed). It'd be interesting to see how 6m "bends" in the narrow canyons. That's usually the only areas where I find that UHF/GMRS can start to drop coverage for any of our runs. /Woody
  3. Poking @theksmith and @gmookher did either of you have a fluid leak on the trail? Notice the rock just behind me, that appears fresh from the photo's perspective, but it isn't from me, I just double checked my entire underside.
  4. Got the Gopro footage processed and uploaded to YouTube. Enjoy! The video is 25 minutes long.
  5. Here the photos and videos I took as a Google Photos album. Select videos and images below. I am still working on the Gopro footage from my front bumper although a few of the stills below were extracted from that footage.
  6. Here are all of the picture of people and vehicles and few select scenery pictures. I took tons of scenery photos and I'm not sure any of them truly captures the beauty of the area. Some select images:
  7. Apparently I took a LOT of photos and it will take me time to sort them all out. I'll start with just he Redfield Canyon Cliff House itself. Here is a link to all of the photos of the house I took: https://photos.app.goo.gl/1BVCkzfSaHM9mjUAA Some selected photos... How challenging it is right now to see the house if you did not have an idea where it should be or were not looking for it Once you climb up The kitchen wing Bedroom wing The main room and to give you an impressions of how cavernous it is inside Really nice woodwork Nice sunroof ;) and view Kitchen Looking out the front door
  8. I have experienced relatedly similar issues modifying fire tables. If you want to use fire glass in a fire table bowl that came with lava rocks, you need to leave the lava rocks below the glass and up to the propane fire ring to allow for adequate free airflow. (You also need to keep the ignition chamber and sensor completely surrounded with lava rocks and not covered with glass.)
  9. Unfortunately the concept is not unique for the purposes of a patent. However, as one would expect of @theksmith the implementation is superb, and less expensive if you are a DYI type.
  10. It's a 360 camera. The waterfall from that perspective (note the video rotation). Note also that it fell as he started to climb.
  11. Quick Saturday run of Box Canyon (Florence) and Mineral Mountain Road to US 60. It was totally dry but still scenic. Recorded in 4k (GoPro) from the front bumper point of view.
  12. At least on the iPhone you're better off using the Garmin SmartPhone Link app instead of Garmin Drive app (that's also an iPhone app). The former supports Drive model devices among others. It's what I used with my DriveAssist 51 until it died. Basically it adds Google Maps style traffic and rerouting. FWIW, with the Montana 700i, you use the Garmin Explore App which provides data sync, phone maps, and phone based inReach messaging, but no traffic support.
  13. I carry a Garmin Montana 700i. It comes with a lifetime update of Garmin City Navigator maps and a less frequently updated set of OpenStreetMaps. You can upload your own OSM maps if you are so inclined, and into masochism (it ain't for technophobes). My main reason for having the 700i is the inReach satellite communications, otherwise I'd point a person toward a tablet with Gaia or OnX strictly for offroad, and Google Maps or Waze for street routing. It is worth noting that you need to get a tablet with a cellular chip in it to guarantee you get an onboard GPS chip. Most WiFi only tablets do not have a native/onboard GPS components. You do not need to subscribe to cellular service, you just want the electronics. Because the Garmin really isn't that spectacular for offroad, I still rely primarily on the tablet and my phone. Even the Garmin Overlander is, blah. They just don't invest in trail map quality like Gaia and OnX or even street quality like Google. Now if you are driving a class A or pulling a large travel trailer or fifth wheel, a Garmin specialized for RVs does shine, as those can route based on street quality, width, and overhand clearance, something no free map system does yet. From a backup perspective, I carry Gaia on both my phone and tablet, both with downloaded maps of where I am going. Technically the Garmin does at least act as a nice backup "bread crumb trail" system since it is always recording where I have been. That is a self recovery situation I have had to use once before when I suffered a phone mapping failure, before I got a dedicated mapping tablet.
  14. Updated pricing for Fall 2023. Also worth noting is that BTech now has a new battery out for Baofeng UV5R style radios, anything that takes BL-5 battery, that charges via USB C. ($18 on Amazon). This can replace the need for a separate 12v adapter (aka "battery eliminator") for the same cost. The new battery also charges via the original old-style charger. I have the new battery and tested USB-C supplied power to the battery and radio while in use. BTech also makes a USB-C charging battery in the BL-8 form factor. ($19 on Amazon)
  15. Installed my Yaesu FTM-400 ham radio which meant pulling wire and completely removing the center console. Only 6 panel pieces, 6 bolts, and two wires to remove the entire unit. Quick note, lift the rear of the console up and then pull back or a couple of screw heads may pull off the trailer brake override control face. Ask me how I know. The picture I forgot to take was putting a one inch hole in the bottom rear (slanted surface) of the console to pop the wire up into the console. Final product: The antenna is using a Diamond lip bracket, the radio body and head are using 3M removable Velcro tape. I used a copious number of Velcro strips for solid attachment, and it is solid. I will be relocating the head once an A-pillar grab bar mount becomes available. It's usable for now but not ideal for viewing while driving. Not pictured with the radio body is the Anderson power pole brick for other accessory power attachment. Right now the radio is directly plugged to the 10 gauge wire (power pole connection). The brick needs to be screwed in but I need to acquire a couple 1/4 inch plastic or wood screws, The radio body speaker points into the console body below the junk drawer/arm rest which makes a nice sound chamber for loud crisp vocal audio.
  16. I wanted to get the Rebel out on some dirt so I took it down Schnebly Hill road (I17 -> Sedona).
  17. The next little mod is exactly that, little. But its both handy and necessary for the next two jobs, electric steps and ham radio. On RAM 3/2500 series trucks and maybe others, if you have an automatic transmission, there is still a clutch control hole in the firewall with a hard plug over it. The plug is the diagonal black cover in the hole in the firewall insulation. Remove the plug and drill it and you don't have to damage the vehicle to run wires in. Side note, it's a pet peeve that instructions for the AMP Research electric steps ignore this hole and suggest you slice the steering boot. Note, if you have the factory six switch auxiliary power control, the hole is hidden behind the aux power box. You will have to pull the power box to easily access this plug. The inside nuts are just outside of and above the steering column, the plug itself (Mopar 52107875AB if you mess it up and need a replacement) I drilled just over a 1 inch hole and inserted a wire boot I found on Amazon. Assembled with excess boot trimmed and glue sealed. The electric steps have five control wires, add to that RG316 ham radio antenna wire (thin), plus a +/- paired 10 gauge power wire (40 amp fused) to terminate on a power block inside the center console for the ham radio and any additional permanent or temporary accessories.
  18. It was a good run. I got a few photos and some "from the front bumper" video which I have not processed yet. Of the vehicle photos I had an issue with the lighting, but his one through the white line obstacle turned out good. If you zoom in, you might wonder what @theksmith is doing. I got a few night shots from the high points on Black Canyon trail. I should have used a tripod but the iPhone 14 motion compensation isn't too bad. Jupiter is pretty obvious in some of the photos.
  19. Same in that the rear seat area is mostly a trunk to me. Need to figure out how to secure the loads back there for rough trails. Should check if I can lay flat in it too for when I don't feel like popping a tent. Also should do another ECdD run just to break it in.
  20. Thanks and absolutely. I’m enjoying driving it.
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