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Author Topic: Good choice for a mobile radio  (Read 326 times)
KD5HQN
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« on: November 13, 2002, 02:43:15 PM »

I am looking to purchase a mobile unit for my car, and I would like any information on what anyones oppinion as to what would be the best ar at least a really good choice for a radio.  I have a tech license and am looking for either a 2-meter with APRS capabilities or a dual band 2-meter/440 Mhz with the same capabilities.

Thanks for any info that can be offered.

Jeremy Bakke
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2002, 02:59:41 PM »

You might want to look over the Review forum on this web site for information on any particular rig. I suspect if you get ten replies to your post, you'll get ten answers. Speaking for myself, I'd look at maybe an Icom 706 or Yaesu FT100 as these give you UHF, VHF, and the HF bands. After all, one has to assume you will upgrade you license.

Alan, KØBG
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« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2002, 10:14:02 AM »

If you're really serious about APRS, the Kenwood TM-D700A is the rig to look at.  Dual band with a built-in TNC and APRS.  All you need is a GPS and interface cable and you're good to go.  At close to $600 it's a bit on the pricey side, but you have to consider the built in TNC, other features (dual in band or cross band recieve, cross band repeat, etc), and convenience.  It also has interesting remote control capabilities when coupled with the TH-D7AG HT (also with built in TNC/APRS) and/or some of Kenwood's more recent HF rigs (including the TS-2000).
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« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2002, 10:17:11 AM »

As an added note, the Alinco DR-135TP is a dedicated 2 meter rig with built in packet and APRS as well.  It's not quite a full-featured as the Kenwood (which you can use to send and recieve APRS messages without a computer, as well as get an accessory keyboard for easier entry), but it is half the price.
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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2002, 02:33:16 AM »

I have a Kenwood TM-G707A dual-bander for a mobile rig, and I highly recommend it.  The large display w/ the alphanumeric option for the memory channels makes it easy to keep track of 180 channels.  I also own many other Kenwood radios, and I find the quality to be excellent.  I am just getting into APRS.  It has been recommended to me that for mobile APRS, using a dedicated 2m rig is best, as you can then fully use your other radio for voice comms.  I have an extra 2m mobile in the form of an Icom 2100H.  These can usually be found for $100-$130 on the used market.
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