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Author Topic: Used HF transceivers that would be good for mobile  (Read 2707 times)
AG5T
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« on: February 02, 2013, 02:10:39 PM »

I currently use a Yaesu 747 in my house for my HF rig. I have used it in the car before, but it's old and falling apart. Taking it in and out of the car would probably not last. I would like to know what older rigs could be used as mobile HF rigs. I don't have the budget to buy a new HF rig, but would like to know some model numbers that I could look up online on ebay, etc. I like the size of the Kenwood TS150 and think those are good size mobile radios. However, years ago I did manage with the Yaesu 747 in the vehicle. My other option would be to replace the Yaesu 747 (maybe even with another 747 that is new or lightly used) and tape up the old one and put it in the car. In any case, just trying to get an idea of the older stuff that's out there that might be available by purchase or in an auction. I don't want to spend more than $300. Any ideas?
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WN2C
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2013, 03:54:55 PM »

Suggestions: Kenwood TS 140, Alinco DX 70T or 70TH (good noise blanker and the TH has 100 watts on 6 meters) Icom 706 MK II (or G) but be careful as the finals may not be available on the MK II if they go. Atlas 210 or 215 may work however it is analog display.  Kenwood TS 50.
But if you can, save up and buy an Icom 7000.  It has a noise blanker that works and it has all the filtering you need.  None to buy. JMHO

What about the most important part...the antenna.  What are you planning on using?

Rick  wn2c

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M6GOM
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2013, 06:25:06 PM »

By far the best mobile hf radio is the Kenwood TS480. Easy to use with a 200w version as well.
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W9MMS
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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2013, 10:28:20 PM »

By far the best mobile hf radio is the Kenwood TS480. Easy to use with a 200w version as well.


>>> don't want to spend more than $300. <<<

You must have missed the part about $300.00


(((73))) Milverton
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N6AJR
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013, 09:43:26 AM »

ft 857 or an IC 706 mII G
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W5WSS
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« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2013, 08:14:24 PM »

The Icom 718. Icom offers a 718 mobile bracket sold separately.

Perhaps you can find one (radio) on the used market in that price range.

I use my 718 and bracket in the mobile and 20ft of 50 ohm coax two Pl 259 UHF connectors and a Hustler mo-1 mast,resonators , ball mount and spring and the Icom wiring harness through the fire wall directly to the battery.

I got the ball mount and spring at a ham fest for $5.
The used Hustler resonators are plentiful and an ohm meter can show if the coil is OK.

I installed the antenna in the middle of the car rooftop and the system works really well.

Good luck.
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