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post #1 of 6 Old 03-24-2010, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to Buy a Ham Radio

Hey guys I'd like little help I just got my Tech lic. and now I'd like to get a radio. I was thinking 10m (modifiable) or a dual band 2m and 70cm (Yaesu FT-897D)
I'm taking my General test on Apr 17th.

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post #2 of 6 Old 03-25-2010, 01:22 AM
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So judging by the radios your looking at you want it for home use. I would find out what freq. is most used in your area and then go from there.

I'm a Tech. and have only been licensed for a little over a month now so I'm still learning as well. I got into it for the jeep when I'm off the radar with no other ways to communicate with the world. 2m seems to be the most used in my area so I purchased a Yaesu FT-8800R mobile unit that also gives me 70cm. It allows me to do everything I want to do so I won't have to buy another radio down the road. Point of the story, I would buy the radio that will allow you to grow instead of buying a starter radio and then having to buy another in the future.

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post #3 of 6 Old 03-25-2010, 05:57 AM
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Like Oz, I got mine for trail use when the CB doesn't have enough range. I wanted the Yaesu FT2900 because it had the most power (75 watts) IIRC. However the mounting options for the FT7900R were much better, so that's what I got.

I really can't offer you any advice on base units other than consider a used (and tested) unit from a reputable dealer. Demos can also save a few bucks. That way you can either spend less or get more radio for your money. Also, if you're talking base units, don't underestimate the cost of an antenna. It's easy to spend $3000 on a tower and antenna.

Anyway, here's where I mounted mine.


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I've got the 8800R as well. I love the cross band repeat funtion for using my hand held if you have to leave your jeep.

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Absolutely love my Yaesu, I use the FT8900-R quad band/dual receive radio. The ability to xBand repeat to an HT is the best!

I had an Icom IC2200H before that, was decent for cheap.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-08-2010, 02:11 PM
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Wouldn't one of HAM be smelly after a few weeks in the Jeep? Especially in summer. Just axeing? Congrats on your license.

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