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Author Topic: Looking for rock solid mobile combination VHF/UHF  (Read 2435 times)
AB4O
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« on: April 24, 2012, 06:13:42 PM »

Well my trusty Yaesu VHF rig has finally gone display nuts for the lack of a more suitable term. I am looking for a dead reliable dual band mobile radio and antenna combination. Any thoughts on the matter from the forum gurus on these matters? Brand doesn't really matter as long as once properly set up, I turn it on and it just works like the Energizer bunny:-)
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2012, 04:30:08 AM »

If you want "dual watch" try the Yaesu FT-8800 (I own two). The FT-7900 is a good choice if you don't need the "dual watch" capability.

My antenna is a Comet SBB-500, but is discontinued. Comet has some other good choices. Mine is NMO mounted in a hole,  center roof on a Mercury Mountaineer.
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AB4O
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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2012, 04:41:24 AM »

Thanks for the reply Scott. I think I am going with a Larsen NMO 2/70 antenna, but am wide open on the radio.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2012, 01:31:08 PM »

In the car I use an FT 857 d. most of the time I use it on 2m/440 with a small antenna on the diamond c 400 k mount and when I go on a trip I screw on the ATAS 120 and play HF too. very reliable, and does ssb, fm,am, cw and digital modes and not much more than a good 2m 440 mobile.  I'm just saying .... And you can find them used for about 500 bucks.
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AB4O
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« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2012, 03:09:59 PM »

Thanks for the reply. I actually have a FT-857d I use for emcomm use portable. Just really wanted to stay dual band.
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M6GOM
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« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2012, 05:28:28 PM »

Kenwood TM-V71 or TM-D710. They used to have an issue with the filters failing due to having DC on the pins but that has been resolved with a board redesign somewhere around 2010/11 so any you buy now new have the revised board and no problem.
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N5MIS
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« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2012, 06:20:25 PM »

I just got a yaesu 7900r and it does every thing I  want it to with no problems at all
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AA4HA
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« Reply #7 on: April 25, 2012, 09:42:06 PM »

Well my trusty Yaesu VHF rig has finally gone display nuts for the lack of a more suitable term. I am looking for a dead reliable dual band mobile radio and antenna combination. Any thoughts on the matter from the forum gurus on these matters? Brand doesn't really matter as long as once properly set up, I turn it on and it just works like the Energizer bunny:-)

I guess a question I would have is all you are looking for is FM operation? SSB and CW are also other modes of operation in the band.

I have an FT-8900 but I run APRS on one side of the radio. I sure wish that the radio had SSB capabilities. For now, I keep my FT-100d for full capabilities on 2 m and 70 cm. It is kinda nice to have the ability to run 6 and 10 meters but it also gets silly not to have SSB/ CW on those bands.
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Ms. Tisha Hayes, AA4HA
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« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2012, 06:17:54 AM »

Are you looking for a dual band FM only transceiver? You don't need SSB? I use a Yaesu FT-7100M as well as an Icom IC-2720H. Both will monitor two frequencies at the same time. I have a Yaesu FT-7100M for sale.
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KD8RFT
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« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2012, 09:51:04 AM »

For a dual band FM vhf/uhf rig it is hard to beat a Kenwood TMD-710A. I have been using it daily for the last six months. No issues.
  • dual band with two seperate radios/seperate volume/seperate squelch. VHF/VHF, UHF/VHF, VHF/UHF, UHF/UHF
  • APRS built in
  • TNC built in
  • dual external speaker outputs
  • remote faceplate
  • 10 memory banks of 100 channels each (1000 channels)

I am running a Larsen 2M/70 NMO through roof mount antenna. Get one, they are the best. Drill the hole and mount it through roof as close as you can to center of sheetmetal.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2012, 11:57:23 AM »

For a strict 2m/440 FM rig only They are all about the same. most put out 50 watts or so, and have dual band options, and I have had  Alinco, Yaesu, Icom and Kenwood rigs and they all work quite well.  For instance in my pick up I have a spectra 900 MHz rig, a Icom 220/2m rig  used on 220 only. an Icom 2m only radio, an FT 857 with both the 2m/440 side on 1 antenna and the 6m/hf side on either a ATAS 120 or the DK 3, and a kenwood 742 on 2m/440/1.2 ghz. so see what kind of a deal you can get on a rig, new or used and enjoy.  They are really all about the same and it comes down to personal preference, so get what you like.
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