6 Meter Midland Mobile Radios

Frank Gentges metavox at earthlink.net
Mon Nov 26 16:45:48 CST 2007

Mike and All,

I called Midland and found that another manual is needed with the one I 
already got.

The current manual covers the case wiring and the power amplifier.  The 
new manual I was missing covers the exciter and the receiver.  I did 
note this manual does state direct FM which bodes well for adding a data 
mode with FSK and DuoBinary FSK.

When I get the new manual, it may be obvious how to modify the radio for 
data.  We will see.

Meantime, the number of these radios keeps growing amongst the members 
as Mike keeps finding, fixing, programing and distributing them.

Frank K0BRA

Michael Chisena wrote:
> Hi all, While most people are out feeding on Thanksgiving, I was playing 
> with NMO antennas. Yes I admit it, I don't have a life.   Had a wild one 
> with a Diamond NMO base 6m antenna. It's a base load design with a small 
> coil and a whip. I forget the exact p/n.   Ran it on the antenna 
> analyzer and it failed on all frequencies.   It would not tune. In my 
> world antenna failures don't happen often. It's like finding a hammer 
> that can't seem to drive in a nail. Worthy of investigation.   Did the 
> basi! c DC (Ohm Meter) checks, and that came up zero connections for the 
> center conductor. Most base loads show zero ohms (DC) center to ground, 
> ground to whip center to whip.   This one only had the ground to whip 
> path. Since it didn't work at all in RF, there was no internal cap or 
> similar trickery.   Either way, if it was not going to work, it was 
> junk. Junk can still be of value by ripping it apart and learning why it 
> failed.   After a little digging I found two flaws with it.   The wire 
> going to the metal part that holds the whip, was broken. This may have 
> failed when I twisted the top off the plastic coil protector.   After I 
> removed the plastic (press fit no way it was coming off w/o a fight) I 
> could see how the coil was made.   But the antenna s! till had no dc 
> connection to the center conductor.   The second and greater mystery was 
> why the center conductor was not working into the base of the coil. The 
> whole system looked idiot proof.   The only way to get at it was using a 
> cut off wheel on the dremel tool, and start hacking through the base.   
> After much cutting and brass dust this was the answer.   The pickup tab 
> mounts to a plastic disk in the base of the coil. The contact to the 
> center of the antenna is a press fit, and that lost it's ability.   
> Either the plastic lost it's resiliency or the metal parts developed a 
> bi metallic failure, that prevented the RF and the dc from going 
> through.   Either way, the thing was toast. It's now littering the 
> bottom of my junk pail. I gotta wonder how many other Diamond mob! ile 
> antennas are made the same way. So consider this a heads up if you start 
> getting flaky performance from yours.   The Larson's are soldered 
> together, kinda prevents this from happening.   In other news...   Is 
> there anybody who still wants a 6m radio. I can spend part of the night 
> and knock together a couple of more units. At that point I want to stop. 
> Mostly to have some spares should a client's unit fail, or someone needs 
> a control head.   Been thinking of ordering a second batch of ten, is it 
> worth the time?   Got into testing the antennas Frank G has for the 
> band. These are AS base loads, similar in style to some old CB 
> antennas.  The price is right. Seems they were set up for about 49.9 
> mhz. They re tune well to 52.5 with the 1.5vswr points outside the ham 
> 6m range. Did two of them and a base to test them on. If anybody is 
> holding one and wants me to 'tweek' it up, I'm going to try like heck to 
> be at the TACO's meeting this week with the base, the antenna analyzer 
> and my favorite bolt cutter.   I may skip out of work early today and 
> visit a cb dealer/customer and pick up some bases. Figure 7 or 8 units 
> should do the trick. Will also check with Radio Shack and see if they 
> sell something adaptable.   Tip. One of the best places to shop for this 
> kind of stuff is a Pilot Truck Stop. They have a whole wall of CB goods 
> that can be adapted for 10 and 6m w/o too much work.   Sandy said 
> something that struck my fancy. The Larson 2m 5/8's wave mobile is also 
> a 1/4 wave on 6m. I think I have this right. Saw the same thing happen 
> on K3CSA's car. So a radio and a diple! xer might be the trick to dual 
> band that antenna. Something to look into.   Software Load Outs. Will 
> need to update any body using the first batch of Midland 6m radios. The 
> all black STR's that Ive passed out, have this updated load out already. 
> The ones I want to update are the 320 channel Syntech II's. There is a 
> repeater on 53.13 that uses a 107hz PL, and the Ashburn unit will get 
> it's PL back some day when fixed.   Is there anybody who knows who is 
> using 53.67? I hear it active once in a while, but I don't know who it 
> is. Might be a closed system.   Is there any interest in a 6m users net. 
> Was talking to Evan of the 53.61 pl 67.0 hz now in Ashburn.   Was also 
> thinking of a 6m group that meets every so often at the Old D! ominion 
> Brewing.   Just a thought. Mike  
> "You are, what you do, when it counts"
> The Masso
> "Gravity, the quickest way down"
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> "You ever drop an egg, and on the floor you see it break?
> You go and get a mop so you can clean up your mistake.
> But did you ever stop to ponder why we know it's true?
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