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Don’t discount the KL Trailhawk


Just wanted to say that the Cherokee KL Trailhawk isn’t seriously considered by many as a worthy crossover SUV for getting out in the mud and rocks and for a potential overlanding vehicle.

A few friends and I went out this past Sunday to put my newly lifted larger sized tire 2026 KL through it’s paces in SE Ohio on unimproved county roads. These have devolved into little more than goat paths and a line on a map.

Take a look at KL videos on YouTube and see the attached photos. I went where the Gladiator and JK went this weekend. Didn’t get stuck or even stopped once.

Tire size is now 31.5″ Falken Wildpeak A/3T. The lift is a cheaper (often maligned) “leveling kit”. I have about a full 12″ under the vehicle as well as factory locker in the rear.

The KL is not perfect for family groups, it’s not roomy but the seats fold flat enough for a tall person (singular) to be comfy, on the passenger side if camping in the car.

Anyway, it surprised the other folks on our outing and proved to me I can go a lot of places my 11 year old JK 4-door could go.

I also have the 2.4 L Tiger shark and had zero issues with power.


Happy Thanksgiving

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Smoking a turkey, and cooking up char cloth. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Hello fellow overlanders!


It was a pleasure meeting Mike AA1PR on the talkgroup this morning. Here is a picture of my Jeep to get the intro going. This picture was taken shortly after I got this one. I have another one also that doesn’t run that I have had for a long time.

My other hobby


51 Dodge Meadowbrook

Weekend Camping Mt. St. Helen’s

A short trip into the Gifford Pinchot forest for some truck camping. Hope everyone is getting out even though the weather is turning. Great time to enjoy the wilderness with fewer people.

New Topic/Group – Emergency Comms?

Hi guys,
KC7FBN here, I wonder if a topic of Disaster Comms, CERT, AuxComm, ARES/Races etc would be a good topic? Just asking

Ham radio venture overland added to pistar p25hosts

If you have a P25 radio and enable P25 on your PiStar device, you will now find ‘31655 Ham Radio Venture Overland’ in the menu choice of servers to connect to in your PiStar configuration menu.

This is a P25 reflector server I host at ‘31655 41000’. From this server, you can connect to any P25 talkgroup. If you key talkgroup 31655, you will also be linked to the primary talk group 31655 on Brandmeister.

Also bridged is FM analog using AllStarLink. If you have access to AllStar, you can reach this talk group using bridge Node# 42282 AA1PR (East Coast) or #54897 KB7RQQ (West Coast). More ways to play… and grow I hope.

Doing a ‘pull request’ on Github to have the talk group added
Notification that the talkgroup has been added to the P25Clients file that will download with PiStar and update on users current devices.

P25 is bridged to venture overland (dmr)

I have set up a P25 server for anyone that has a P25 radio and wants to play. My server is bridged here (Brandmeister DMR TG:31655) so you can play without annoying anyone as we enjoy and welcome the traffic 🙂 I’m working on getting the server added to Pi-Star’s P25Hosts list so it’s likely it will show up on your hotspot after an update very soon. Currently, it is private so you will have to add it manually to the P25Hosts list.

Here is the server and the format for entering it. 31655 <tab> <TAB> 41000

It’s also possible to cross-mode your Yaesu System Fusion radio from Pi-Star (YSFtoP25). Remember that if you connect directly as P25 with your Yaesu digital radio (also possible) to the server from Pi-Star, you need to run wide-mode from the radio to match the wider bandwidth for P25 (VW mode).



New to the group looking forward meeting folks and exchange ideas