Testing the Range of my Two-Way Radio

Any place with high elevation offers ideal conditions to test the range of a radio gear. I was in Tagaytay last week testing out the two-way radio equipment I have installed in my EcoSport. With multiple successful contacts from Tagaytay to other radio stations in Quezon City, I was able to determine that my current radio setup has an effective range of at least 70 km.

Tagaytay to QC Radio
Tagaytay to Quezon City, Distance: 70 km

The two farthest-ever distances reached by my radio setup is (1) about 135 km, when I accidentally received a “CQ” (a call) from a station in Calapan, Mindoro, while driving along Roxas Blvd., in Manila and (2) about 210 km QSO with local stations in Baguio, while driving along NAIA X elevated highway in Pasay.

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Manila to Calapan, Distance: 135 km
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Manila to Baguio, Distance: 210 km

The equipment I used for these tests are as follows:

Yaesu 2900R VHF 75-watt base radio
Diamond SG7000 dual band mobile antenna (1/4-wave VHF, 6/8-wave UHF)
Diamond K33 antenna mount
Diamond SX200 SWR meter
4 meters of RG8 cable

 

 

To watch the full-length video on how I installed a two-way radio in an EcoSport, head directly to Installing a Two-Way Radio (Advanced) and Installing a Two-Way Radio (Basic).

To view all posts related to my amateur radio adventures, head directly to Amateur Radio.  To view the reviews of other EcoSport-related accessories, click here.

Related link: Stock Antenna Modification

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3A Anker USB Charger

While most USB chargers are rated at 1.5 A  to 2.4 A (for comparison, a typical USB port of a laptop is rated at just 0.5 A which explains why it takes a long time to charge with it), we seldom see one with a rating of 3 A! This is particularly useful when charging hi-powered mobile phones (such as an XPERIA). This ANKER dual USB charger, with one port rated at 3 A, and the other port at 2.4 A, is by far one of the most powerful chargers we’ve found in the local market (as of Sept 2018, Philippines).

You should try their USB cables, too, as they are also one the best ones in the market.

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Portable Air Compressor

As a new owner of an EcoSport, you must learn how to prepare for a roadside emergency. One important tool that you may want to consider buying is a portable air compressor. With a portable air compressor, you can inflate a flat tire while on the side of a road, as there are instances that it might be useful.

Portable compressors come in different forms. Like in most any emergency device, the simpler the design, the better.

In buying one for your car, some essential features must be present:

1. It must have a gauge for monitoring pressure (does not matter if digital or analog)
2. Must have an air hose socket that does not require you to hold steady while pumping air (screw-type sockets are recommended)

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To watch the video on how I used a portable air compressor (tire inflator) to inflate a flat tire on my EcoSport, head directly to Portable Air Compressor.

To view the reviews of other EcoSport-related accessories, click here.

Related link:
EcoSport’s Proper Tire Pressure

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