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Author Topic: Getting back in the saddle?  (Read 3282 times)
KC5YN
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« on: September 26, 2012, 12:08:29 PM »


Been off the air for a few years, mainly due to family illness' and now wanting to get active again.

You opinions solicited, and yes the questions are pretty broad:

Mobile - looking at a FT8900, four bander for mobile use in daily driver. I guess two or three antennas would be required. The combination of cross-band repeater and multi-bands is attractive. But, will it handle all the new "stuff" which I'm just learning about?  (Stuff = technical advances old farts are slow to comprehend)

HT - Huh

Shack - Have a NIB D1000 with tuner. (In the other closet are an Atlas 210 and Swan mobile HF rig) The 'back yard' is 4 1/2 acres, so I'm open to most applications. Would like to do a little DX but more comfortable ragchewing. Besides a decent vertrical, would small tr-bander with maybe a 40 monobander under it be a good start. I don't plan on a lot of experimenting, so I want to try and get it right the first go around. (Last used was a TH6-DXX that worked well.)

Thanks for your thoughts,
Fred  KC5YN
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AD4U
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« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2012, 02:23:46 PM »

I have a FT 8900 in my truck.  It works great.  I do not use the 10 meter band.  I have a Larsen 6 meter antenna with NMO mount.  I also have a Larsen 2 / 440 dual band antenna with NMO mount.  Since the USA version of the FT 8900 outputs all signals into one SO 239 you will need a diplexer to split the 6 meter signal from the 2 / 400 signals.

For just a little more $$$ you can purchase an all band all mode rig.

Dick  AD4U
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KC5YN
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2012, 07:30:39 AM »


Thanks for the thought Dick.

Is there an all-band, all mode mobile rig that will also crossband repeat?

Having an extra aerial or three on the truck is not a problem.
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K1CJS
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2012, 08:00:10 AM »

I believe the Kenwood TS 2000 will do crossband repeat.
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