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The last new thread in NorCal West about an offroad coffee meet in Roseville got me thinking - why don't we have an ongoing monthly Trucks & Coffee meet for the Bay Area?

I belong to two other car clubs with monthly meetings, and one of them meets at Mimi's Cafe in San Mateo every first Saturday of the month, where members kick tires in the parking lot, and have breakfast inside afterwards - this monthly event typically draws more than 30 cars, and close to 100 club members... talk about passionate people! Mimi's Cafe is a great spot for being fairly central to the Bay Area, large parking lot, decent food.

Not that we have to care about how many/who shows up to our meet. The purpose is to get to know fellow CF members, exchange information, do some tire-kicking in the parking lot, with breakfast afterwards if so desired; we can also have Tacoma-trashing sessions, if that's your cup of tea. All Frontiers are welcomed, meaning Gen 1, 2, 2WD, 4WD. If you have an X and just can't hold yourself back, fine.

What do people think? Maybe we can plan the first one in two weeks, Sunday 6/26, at say 10 AM at Mimi's Cafe in San Mateo? I'm not an early riser, especially on weekends, and I'd be coming from Santa Cruz. ::smile::
 

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I love this idea! I live in Vallejo so San Mateo would be just at the edge of my range but something like this would be cool.
 

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I love this idea! I live in Vallejo so San Mateo would be just at the edge of my range but something like this would be cool.
Excellent! If you can come on 6/26, I'll be there. Hopefully more will join, but two's a start!
 

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Sounds like fun... I may join you guys. You gonna have you bumper installed by then?
I hope so... I should get the bumper back from the powdercoater's next week, and it shouldn't take more than a couple of days to install; however, I'm installing a new set of headlights while the bumper's off, and am considering painting the front grille black; these may take some time, depending on how easy they come off/go on.
 

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Is anyone available to go to this meetup this Sunday? If so, I'll happily oblige! My bumper's been installed, and headlights in place, so I'm once again mobile.

Please comment/post here so that I know if this is a go or not - NEW MEMBERS HIGHLY WELCOMED!!!
 

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Well then, the Inaugural CF Monthly Meet is ON. :wav:

Let's meet at 2:30 PM at Mimi's Cafe. It has a big parking lot, so just park to an edge of it, as we have some CB antenna tuning to do as well.
@enjoi408, bring your CB radio/antenna and we can test its SWR with my meter, if your setup hasn't already been tested.

If we don't need food, perhaps we could take the kids to a nearby ice cream parlor afterwards.
 

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I just got my CB radio last night. Need to get some replacement audio wires today to relocate the speaker. Trying to understand the power source. Uniden states "Uniden recommends connecting the power lead to the Ignition Switch
Accessory Terminal." I have no idea what this is but I assume its in the steering column. Once I figure this out, I might be able to wire it in tonight. Got the firestik yesterday with extra antenna coax cable. Anything else I'm missing?
 

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Wish I could help you out enjoi, but I don't know much about CB installation. Pathung has offered to help me with my own antenna tuning issues on Sunday.
 

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I guess we can have a mod day Sunday then! Haha!

I'm doing a lot of googling, and I think I'm like 95% there. Can't wait to install my CB!

See you guys Sunday!
 

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I just got my CB radio last night. Need to get some replacement audio wires today to relocate the speaker. Trying to understand the power source. Uniden states "Uniden recommends connecting the power lead to the Ignition Switch
Accessory Terminal." I have no idea what this is but I assume its in the steering column. Once I figure this out, I might be able to wire it in tonight. Got the firestik yesterday with extra antenna coax cable. Anything else I'm missing?
My truck comes with two 12V power outlets on the dash; one is always hot, while the other is hot only when the key is switched to ACC (I think). Rather than dive into the steering column, just tap the hot wire that goes to the ACC-powered 12V outlet... or if you want your CB to always be on standby (key or no key), wire to the the always-hot 12V outlet - this is how I wired up my winch's power on/off switch, as I don't want to bother with inserting the key in the ignition when I'm winching stuff.
 

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@enjoi408 I didn't read your post correctly the first time. :comphead:

"Ignition Switch Accessory Terminal" just means to connect the CB power to a source that comes on when the key is in the ignition and turned to the ACC position. This will allow the CB to automatically power on when the key is in the ACC position, kinda like the factory radio. This is how I have my dashcam powered. On the Frontier there is a fuse panel next to the glove box that I tapped power from. Not sure about the Pathfinder, but there should be something similar.
 

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Shoot, I won't be able to make the 2:30 time, I got to pick my daughter up in Lodi. Dang it, I just got a CB radio too and need to tune it. I have a tuner thingy but am still figuring out how to use it and wire up the power. I did get a cigarette lighter plug in though and that's good enough for right now. I'm totally down to meet next time, pour one out for me!
 

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A bit too late in the Sunday for me, I'm afraid. Location is cool, I have two accounts down the street. However, I'll be rolling out of bed for work 12 hours after your meet up time lol
 

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We can meet in the morning next month... and can alternate timing each time so that everyone gets to come out; hopefully our turnout will expand as time goes on.

I usually keep my SWR meter in the truck, so it's available to anyone who wants to take a reading.

Ham'sters, bring your ham radios tomorrow! I just got my call sign last night and am eager to try some simplex communications :)
 

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We did it! jbumx2, enjoi408, and I met up this afternoon in San Mateo, and had a good time chatting first in the restaurant (as I wolfed down my sandwich), then out by our trucks.

We checked out my new bumper, jbumx2's CB antenna's state-of-tune with my SWR meter, enjoi408's antenna positioning, and finally his rig overall - he's got 6 inches of lift, and a really cool custom bumper - he really just needs a working CB, though he also has a ham radio/license.

We thought this a good first meeting, and would like to do it again, but on a Saturday (possibly AM) next time.

Let's tentatively make the next meeting date to be Saturday 7/23, 10 AM, at Mimi's again. Hopefully we'll meet more of you on that day.

LEFT TO RIGHT: ME, JBUMX2, ENJOI408.


 

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Wish I coulda done it. See you guys on Bald Mt.

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