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W1ECC
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« on: December 02, 2009, 06:02:13 PM »

What would be the easiest 2m/440 radio for me to start with?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ed
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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2009, 06:13:33 AM »

The one that does what you need it to both physically and electrically, and at a price you can afford.  Once you've identified those attributes, the answer is easy.

Mark K5LXP
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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2009, 06:26:36 AM »

This is one of the three most asked questions, and the answer is allways the same. As Mark said, follow your needs, not anyone else's.

Alan, KØBG
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« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2009, 08:51:33 AM »

Quote from:  link=topic=64227.msg415999#msg415999 date=1259805733
What would be the easiest 2m/440 radio for me to start with?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Ed

First of all, you will want to know that installing the right antenna in the right way is about 50 times more important than the choice of radio.

Choosing a radio - 101.

1. Start by finding a good local club with good elmers.

2. Look at your overall budget for a radio, antenna and accessories.

3. Decide if you want a new one or a used one, based on the amount you plan to spend.

4. Compile a list of the radios available in that cost range.

5. Download the owners manuals of each of those and read them. Note that some manuals are written better than others, so don't let a confusing manual steer your choice.

6. Then check to see if any of the local hams can demonstrate any of the radios in your list.

7. Read the reviews on line, but take them with a grain of salt. Try to read between the lines.

8. Get one and get on the air!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2009, 11:44:42 AM »

And, to the above list I would add:

If you are within driving distance of a ham radio retailer, spend some time in their store playing with and listening to various rigs.  Nothing quite like "hands on", and your local ham radio dealer will welcome your visit.

73,

Terry, WØFM
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2009, 08:09:31 PM »

Read the reviews here, but with a critical eye, you'll see who has legitimate concerns about a radio.
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2009, 03:53:16 PM »

Yaesu FT-857D... hands down.
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« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2009, 05:12:49 PM »

Jim, the basic design of the FT-857 is almost 10 years old. The Icom IC-7000 is stretching almost 6 years, and the Kenwood TS-480 about 4 years. One has to ask oneself, which one is better? Do we base it on age of design? Or do we base it one IF verses AF DSP? Or ergonomics? Or do we go to the lowest common denominator, user preference? If we do indeed choose the latter, then we have to ask ourselves, have we tried all three? If we haven't, the the argument is moot. In my case it is not, and I know which one is superior. Do you?

Alan, KØBG
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« Reply #8 on: December 18, 2009, 05:45:15 PM »

Yes.
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« Reply #9 on: December 27, 2009, 05:12:11 AM »

Hello Ed -
 Good comments on here. Since you are stipulating only 2 meters and 440 for mobile I wouldn't go with the FT-857D. For a combination of ease of use, cost, and small size for installation I would recommend the Yaesu FT-7800R. Read the reviews here on eham. Good luck.

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Bruce  K6RQR/9
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« Reply #10 on: December 27, 2009, 07:08:20 AM »

Bruce, I'm a little indifferent to your suggestion. While you're correct, the 7800 is smaller, it is only an FM radio. I'm of the opinion, as others are, that purchasing an FM only radio as a first radio is a big mistake for a variety of reasons. Without going into the all, suffice to say FM only operation is just to limiting.
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« Reply #11 on: December 30, 2009, 06:17:58 AM »

I would not buy a dual band radio right away.  I'd spend $100 for someone's outdated and used 2m mobile before buying a 2m/440 rig.  Lucky for me, when I got my ticket I belonged to two ham clubs.  Then I just looked around to see what everyone else was using...

To me, this is an incremental hobby.  I didn't buy a dual band until five years later, and then never used 440 all that much.  After twelve years I still have that same FT-8100.

Mike
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