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Author Topic: Yaesu FT-8800 verses Icom IC-208H  (Read 2550 times)
HUNTERWARRIOR
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« on: May 21, 2004, 12:48:51 AM »

I'll be taking my Tech test in a few weeks and need to purchase a 2 meter rig for my truck. I've narrowed it down to either a Yaesu FT-8800 or a Icom IC-208H. Can anyone explain to me which would be better and why? Or give me some pointers in how to choose?

Thanks CW
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SCROOK
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« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2004, 09:43:32 AM »

You have already reviewed the reviews here:
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3218
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3427

only the Icom has a detachable faceplate, no?
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« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2004, 09:53:59 AM »

When you ask for an opinion, you get just that, an opinion. Problem is, which one better fits YOUR needs better?

Frankly, I wouldn't buy either one. I'd buy an IC706MkIIG with the prospects of moving up to General.

Alan, KØBG
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2004, 10:11:31 AM »

<< only the Icom has a detachable faceplate, no? >>

No. So does the Yeasu.
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VA3WXM
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« Reply #4 on: May 21, 2004, 12:18:49 PM »

A couple of plusses (to me) for the FT-8800:
1) True dual receive
2) Crossband repeat

It really comes down to what you want to do with it.

Keep in mind the FT-8800 is quite a bit more money than the IC-208H but it does a lot more too.

If you're looking for another comparison the Yaesu FT-7800 is a better match to the IC-208H.
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HUNTERWARRIOR
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« Reply #5 on: May 21, 2004, 01:29:52 PM »

In the reveiws both the Yaesu FT-8800 and Icom IC-208H received mostly 5/5s and 4/5s. It appears that owners of each love them equally. It is obvious that either will do 2 meter just fine. As far as price is concerned, it just needs to be under $1000.

Next question I guess needs to be - How useful is the dual receive feature? Will I use it daily or is it more trouble to mess with then it is worth and won't get used much if any?

This is all new to me. How useful is the dual receive feature? Please explain how it is used.

Thanks all for your thoughts CW
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2004, 01:45:49 PM »

The question is, are you planning to stay a Tech?

Alan, KØBG
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HUNTERWARRIOR
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« Reply #7 on: May 21, 2004, 02:08:19 PM »

Alan, KØBG

I won't stay a Tech for too long. I know where you are going with this. In that case the discussion switches to Icom IC-706 MkII verses Yeasu FT-857.

CW
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2004, 04:31:11 PM »

I personally own a 706 which I have had for three years without a hitch. The Yaesu is a nice rig too, and so is the FT100D if you can find a later model with the latest factory mods. Kenwood has a new one too, but it is bigger than the other two. One version has 200 watts out on HF which is nice.

Again, the one ou buy should meed your needs, not some one elses.

Good luck in what ever you end up with.

Alan, KØBG
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« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2004, 08:16:08 PM »

I wouldn't walk across the street for the Icom even if it was free...but

I'D GET DOWN ON MY KNEES AND BEG FOR THE YAESU!

Man, I'm glad I got that outa my system!

Buy the Yaesu and the software and the cable to program it. You'll love it! I've got one, and as soon as i can save up, will own 2 more!
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W9ASS
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« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2005, 06:17:42 AM »

Alan: Maybe you should create a "push the 706 on everybody" forum and link it to that shitty little geeksite of yours. It seems obvious that he doesn't want a 706 or he'd ask about a 706. Just a thought.

Hunterwarrior... I suggest the Yaesu FT-8800r for what you are asking, over the Icom IC-208H. I own both radios and the serves as a great paperweight.

Good luck.
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KE7AKS
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« Reply #11 on: May 18, 2005, 02:18:23 PM »

I own an FT-8800 and an IC-207 (the early version of the IC-208.  The 8800 is definately worth the few extra dollars.  The dual receive feature lets you operate as though you actually have two radios on, and you can be monitoring several repeaters on the other side by scanning. One really nice feature is the Hyper memory system, lets you set up different channel sets for each area of the country that you happen to be in.
You can set a hyper memory to scan Emergency, Police,
Fire, Search & Rescue, and key repeaters, seperate from your day to day commute set up. If I remember right, the 8800 has 1057 memories possible.
really easy to switch back and forth, quickly (pushing only one button) between two different repeaters.
I like both radios, but I LOVE my 8800.
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W4KVW
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« Reply #12 on: March 22, 2009, 01:04:25 PM »

Well the ICOM 706 series of radios has sold MORE than ANY other ham radio in HISTORY.I prefer the 208H which I just installed in my 2007 Dodge Quad Cab TODAY.I removed & sold my ICOM 7000 because it was used VERY little on HF & I put an ICOM 746 PRO back in my shack as a backup HF & full time 6 & 2 meter SSB rig.It makes for a complete shack along with my ICOM 756 PROII for full time HF work.I have had a 706,706 MII,& Yaesu 857D & I'd take an ORIGINAL 706 over the 857D ANY DAY.ALL of the last couple of Yaesu rigs(857D & FT-2800)have had some SERIOUS issues & the ICOM's have had VERY FEW if any.My 2 cents worth.

Clayton
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KB1LKR
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« Reply #13 on: March 22, 2009, 01:42:36 PM »

Would a comparison to the Yaesu FT-7800 to the IC-208H perhaps be closer?
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2E0NWR
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« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2009, 04:47:22 PM »

Hi  I had a Yaesu FT8800 set  it was fine except for the scan button(s) beside the Volume control(s) when adjusting the Volume when Mobile the  set would scan when talking to a contact  this was very  annoying
I now have a FT-7800  this set is fine for me as the controls are well spaced out. I have been looking at a Icom IC-E208 though.

I have  an Icom 706Mk11G I use for Base Station work and Mobile for HF Work also  I find this works fine for me.

Best of luck in your  search

Duaneguitar
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