Looking to add to my com bag for a radio that can add 10m + 2m and 70cm I have other 2m only and power supply already in it. Plus several antennas already. Just trying to decide between these two units. I already know the power output difference what else should I be looking at? Look forward to users of them to comment. Thanks.(only looking for mobile type units have plenty of handhelds)
FT 817ND because the FT 8900 is too limiting as it only has FM. There is nothing inherently wrong with FM, but you can go much further with SSB. And you can explore the digital modes with the FT 817 ND, I doubt you can with the FT 8900. And you can always add an amp to boost the 817 if you wanted later on. Why not get the FT 857?