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  1. kazuaki

    Superbowl weekend carnage and pics, & eye protection

    That's amazing. Those goggles are pretty tough, so that thing must have had some serious velocity on it.
  2. kazuaki

    Superbowl weekend carnage and pics, & eye protection

    John, did it go through the lens of his goggles? I can't tell in the pic.
  3. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    Yes, the built-in speaker still works at the same time as the intercom output. You are just tapping into the speaker wire, not disconnecting it from the speaker.
  4. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    OK, I tested out the radio and it had issues. I had to rework it slightly. My original wiring was based on a few webpages I found with info. Well, it didn't work well. There were two issues. First off, the mic connection was clearly incorrect as there was a loud sound whenever you hit the PTT and tried to speak through the intercom hookup. Second, the output audio was at a very low level. So, here is the revised version. Mini XLR Function Radio Connection Pin 1 Ground Pin 1 on board connector (towards front of radio) Pin 2 PTT Pin 5 on board connector Pin 3 Mic + Backside of faceplate (see red circle in pic) Pin 4 Speaker + Red speaker wire (connector under power wires) Pin 5 Speaker - Pin 1 on board connector (towards front of radio) Here is a picture of the backside of the faceplate. When you remove the faceplate from the radio, you will see this circuit board in there. The connection with the rec circle in my picture is what you need to tap into for the Mic + connection. Here what it looks like once you solder a small wire to this point (this isn't exactly easy to do). The other connection that needs to be revised is the Speaker +. Instead of going to Pin 4 on the board connector, it is tapper directly into the red speaker wire. The speaker wires on this radio come off of a connector just under the power wires in the corner of the circuit board (red circled area in pic). As you can see in this picture, only two connections are being used on the board connector at this point. Forgive the messiness of this setup. If I were doing it all over, I'd make it much cleaner with shorter wires. So, after all of this, it seems to work perfectly. I haven't taken it on a drive or anything, but I ran a test talking back and forth between this radio connected to my intercom and my RM-60V that a setup temporarily in my trailer. With the revised wiring, the output audio was nice and loud and the mic was clear with no extra noises. At this point, the radio is wired exactly like the RM-60V. I guess I should have just done that from the beginning. I won't declare this a complete success until after it survives my President's Day trip, but it looks promising.
  5. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    I can do that.
  6. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    I just made the plate out of some 1/16" aluminum I had laying around. The screws are M2.5 size, FYI. You have a few options on the Mini XLR connector. I had a harness from Rugged that included the connector, so I just cut it up and used that. realbadlarry pointed out to me that Rugged has some adapters on clearance that look like they'd be perfect to use for this. They're only $3, but I think they only have a few left. You can also just buy the bare mini XLR from them for $7. I'm also sure that Amazon and other places have things you could use. Adapter on clearance: https://www.ruggedradios.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=706_1222&products_id=1908 Bare mini XLR connector: https://www.ruggedradios.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=189&products_id=406
  7. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    Yeah, like I said, that implementation in the pic is for a different purpose (repeater). For the way I am using it (connect to intercom), I'm only using pins 1,2,4, and 5 in the radio board connector. Pin 6 has 5 volts on it, which serves no purpose for intercom use.
  8. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    The connector that best fits the plug on the radio board is TE Connectivity Part #2058943-5. Just google "2058943-5" and you'll see it available at DigiKey and a bunch of other places. The 5 pin Mini XLR connector that plugs into the intercom is available from lots of places, including Rugged. Here are my notes for the pin mapping from the 5 pin mini XLR to the radio board. THIS SETUP DIDN'T WORK WELL. SEE MY REVISED SETUP A FEW POSTS DOWN.
  9. kazuaki

    Handheld radio question

    Here's the deal with the cable on the Rugged RM-60V. The Rugged comes stock with the mini XLR connector that is needed to connect directly to the Rugged intercom. It's a nice clean setup (see the pic of the white radio). The TYT TH-9000D is the exact same radio, but does not have this cable installed. If you buy the Rugged harness posted above, you have to run part of that cable around to the front of the radio and plug it into the port where the handheld mic would normally go. I'm sure it works fine, but it's just not as clean. I recently purchased the TYT radio and added the intercom connector myself (see the pic of the black radio). It was pretty straightforward to do. All of the connections are made to a 6 pin connector on the main board inside. Once I have a trip under my belt with the TYT radio and I confirm everything works perfectly, I'll be selling my 6 month old Rugged RM-60V. While I appreciate the support that Rugged offers, I'm frustrated by how locked-down the radios are. On the current radios (like my RM-60V) you can't even manually select a frequency.
  10. kazuaki

    Lost Footage #1Badbeast

    Jaime, I almost threw up during the spinning drone shot at the end...
  11. Well, it looks like I need a recommendation for a reliable shop in the Murrieta/Temecula/Elsinore area. I've been unable to locate the exact source of the leak. I checked several suggestions I found online, but the source must be buried beyond my view. Anybody have a shop around here they trust? Of course there are the normal Chevy/GMC dealers, but I'm hoping to find an honest independent shop. Thanks
  12. Well, the local shops didn't pan out, so it was Transport By LRS to the rescue. One of his drivers showed up at the time promised and got my truck loaded up on the trailer. My wife borrowed my friend's truck and brought it to me, so I could tow our fifth wheel home. We got home about 11:45 tonight and my truck showed up on the trailer about 10 minutes later. Both truck and trailer are home safe and sound. Look up LRS on Instagram (@lievenseracingservices), he took great care of us. Now to figure out what the hell is wrong with the truck...
  13. Well, John Woods is closed until 1/7 for vacation. I'm having a friend bring his truck out to tow my fifth wheel home and I'm having LRS trailer my truck home. I tried upgrading my AAA membership, but they said the upgrade would take 7 days to be effective (useless). Hopefully, I'll be home before midnight. Then I still have to figure out what's wrong with the truck, but at least I'll be home.
  14. I'll call him first thing in the morning.
  15. Thanks for the offer. If it comes down to it, I have a buddy that can tow my trailer, but I still need to get the truck handled. If I find a decent local repair shop, I may leave the truck there and then use his truck to take the trailer home.

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