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Author Topic: 2m/220/440 base or mobile?  (Read 741 times)
KF6ASC
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« on: July 27, 2004, 06:23:59 PM »


Is there a 2m/220/440 base or mobile radio?

thanks
David

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KZ1X
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« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2004, 10:35:52 PM »

Yes; Drake UV-3 "base."  Also many mobiles can be configured this way :  IC900, IC901, TM742 ...

The only current such radio is the Kenwood, and you'll spend nearly $1000 by the time you're done.
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K7VO
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« Reply #2 on: August 01, 2004, 04:30:56 PM »

Are you talking about FM or all mode?

All mode, base only, would be the Yaesu FT-736R with the 222MHz module.

Mobile, FM only, as others have suggested, would include the Icom IC-901A, IC-900, or Kenwood TM-742A with the 222MHz module.  The Drake is old, rare, collectable, and goes for an insane amount of money.  

Actually, I had an IC-901A and sold it because it was worth so darned much and finances were tight.  I found a way to mount a 2m/440 rig and a separate 222 rig in the car and pocketed the difference, or rather used it to pay bills.

Another point:  the mobile antennas from Comet and Diamond are only 1/4 wave on 2m and 1/2 wave on 222.  I used to have a 2m/222 dual band rig in the car (an Icom IC-2330A) with a Diamond CR-224A dual band antenna.  It was a 7/8 wave on 2m and a collinear on 220.  Going to the triband antenna meant a major loss of coverage area out on the fringes.  In a word, I didn't like it and I'm going to two antennas on the car now as well.  I hate driving a porcupine mobile but the sacrifice in peformance turned out to be too great under poor band conditions.

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K7VO
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2004, 01:44:00 PM »

One more thought:  The FT-736R doesn't have a great receiver and has been known to have power supply issues.  You may find it more cost effective and you will probably get better performace getting a good 2m/70cm rig (i.e.: a Kenwood TS-790A or an Icom IC-910H) and an Elecraft 222 transverter for your favorite HF rig.  

The Elecraft seems to be very versatile as it accepts a fairly wide range of input power levels and it is far less expensive than comparable transverters from DEMI or SSB Electronics.  I expect, once finances are in a happier state, that's what I'll do for 222 SSB/CW.

At present I run an old Kenwood TS-780 2m/70cm all mode and an ancient Yaesu FT-127RA Memorizer for 222 FM at home.  

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K7VO
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