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ICOM VHF radios

I have 2 ICOM VHF radios; IC-F121 AND IC-F121S. Are these radios worth using?

I was given these two radios for payment of a job. They were complete when I received them; but, I lost the programming cable ($15), the 2 microphones ($25 each), and the steel whip antennas when I moved. Is it worth spending $75 to get these radios working? I still have the programming software but I don't know anything about these radios.





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They are 2 meter radios: 50W (VHF), 45W (UHF) Output. They are not a CB.

This radios are used by law enforcement.

To use this radios as a civilian you will need LMR (Land Mobile Radio) license because they use stations that are licensed to operate.

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They are 2 meter radios: 50W (VHF), 45W (UHF) Output. They are not a CB.

This radios are used by law enforcement.

To use this radios as a civilian you will need LMR (Land Mobile Radio) license because they use stations that are licensed to operate.

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Yup. Ham radio. Must be licensed to operate, unlike a CB...

However if you are willing to separate with one of them, let me know. I'm looking for a 2m for my jeep...

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What is involved to get a ham license?

How far will the radios communicate?

Would these be practical for 4wd use with a license?

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What is involved to get a ham license?

How far will the radios communicate?

Would these be practical for 4wd use with a license?

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Not everybody use 2 meters radios for outdoor trails because of the license that they need to be use. They wont be practical because of not everybody use them. The most practical Radio is the Citizens' band radio, CB. This is the most system of short-distance radio communications between individuals without permit.

This Icoms are VHF (Very High Frequency) they are the two-way radios most commonly used by boats or law enforcement.

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Let me know if you want to get rid of them and I'll take them off your hands.

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one version is 136-174mHz. the other is 440-490mHz...

preprogrammable radios. they are not like the typical HAM radio where you can manually select any frequency you want. they are usually used in commercial/emergency service vehicles.

attaining a Amateur (Ham) Radio license is not difficult if you dont mind studying. if there is a radio club near you, you can often hook up with them to learn what you need to... ours used to put classes on for the technitian class and general class as well.

try www.arrl.org
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ham radio operators do often monitor their radios while mobile or at home. i have a quad-band radio in my JK and an old 2m kenwood at the house that i finally hooked back up.

i have to say that my Ham radio saved our asses in June of 2003. we were just west of Topeka, KS on I-70 when the grey sky turned black. with my radio, a repeater book, laptop with streets 98 and the help of another Ham who was at home and was able to pull up live weather in Topeka, we avoided a very severe storm moving northeast across the interstate. we diverted to a little town called Eskridge. while there waiting on the bad stuff to blow over, we heard the truckers on my CB going crazy. the wind blew at least one truck over.

i've talked to locals and gotten directions.. and even restraunt suggestions.

the problem with a radio like you have here, is that unless you can program on the fly, or preprogram the radio with specific frequencies, then you're limited. they'd be good for an improvised repeater or local traffic, though.

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Hi Rob,
If you end up wanting to get rid of them let me know. I am with a local Search and Rescue team and we use VHF. In fact I have the 121 mounted in both my jeep and tahoe. I can't think of one reason you would use VHF in the area as a civilian. I would buy a HAM Radio or a CB. getting your HAM is easy as stated above.
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If you end up wanting to get rid of them let me know. I am with a local Search and Rescue team and we use VHF. In fact I have the 121 mounted in both my jeep and tahoe. I can't think of one reason you would use VHF in the area as a civilian. I would buy a HAM Radio or a CB. getting your HAM is easy as stated above.

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