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Title: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: STEEVR on June 26, 2013, 08:01:25 AM
Looking at getting my first radio and have it narrowed down to these two models.  I already have a 30amp power supply, so I'd be able to use either at home.  I will probably use the radio 90% at home and 10% in the car.  Part of why I like both of these is I'm replacing a handheld scanner, which I absolutely love listening to.  Reviews on both have been pretty good.  With Yaesu's rebates that are ending this month, there's only a $90 difference between the two.

Thoughts, suggestions, comments??

Thanks.


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: K5LXP on June 26, 2013, 11:20:31 AM
If you're really going to be using it 90% at home, then the mobile is the clear choice.  HT's make crappy base stations or mobiles.

Eventually you're going to end up with both but at the outset you can start with the mobile.   I have a VX6 and it's a nice radio, but for most purposes one of the $50 Whoflungdung handy scratchys can fill that bill.  You can always upgrade going forward.


Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: SMAUG on June 26, 2013, 07:13:32 PM
...If you're really going to be using it 90% at home, then the mobile is the clear choice....

To me, an HT's strength is being able to go with you on foot, by bike, or in a car where there's no room to mount a mobile.

I've found that if you have a decent antenna, you won't necessarily need the power of the mobile. However, you always have the option. If you DON'T have a decent antenna, more power usually doesn't help much

...and since you don't need the portability of an HT, why would you limit yourself?

Now if you're going to switch back and forth often, then the HT has the clear advantage. The mobile and its connections is too clunky to move around.

I think the best option is to put the 7900R in your base station in the house, and save for one for your car.


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: AC2KV on June 26, 2013, 07:18:25 PM
I would go with the FT-7900 and spend $36 on Amazon and get the dual band Baofeng HT. Then you're covered.


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: STEEVR on June 27, 2013, 06:12:00 AM
I would go with the FT-7900 and spend $36 on Amazon and get the dual band Baofeng HT. Then you're covered.

Thanks everyone for the great suggestions.  I think I'm ordering the Baofeng UV-5R Plus today to get my feet wet and then will go with the FT-7900R once I know what I'm doing.

In the meantime, I'll be programming/listening only until I take the license test.


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: AC2KV on June 27, 2013, 09:02:38 AM
If you decide on the Baofeng, you might want to consider getting the USB programming cable for it for $9 or so. That combined with CHIRP - http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home (http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home) will make your life much easier.

CHIRP is a free download.


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: KK4RXN on June 27, 2013, 09:55:49 AM
My experience with the UV-B5 has been great, and I got it off Amazon for about $48 - it's around $44 shipped now, and there's a US shipper:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B00BXVOKTW/ref=dp_olp_new_mbc?ie=UTF8&condition=new

I got mine from China from ZHANGHOU, and they were very good to get back with me quickly when I had questions waiting on it for 2+ weeks from China.

It's easy to program, either with the keypad or with the Baofeng software and cable, and I'm getting good signal reports around my area. Inside my house with a magnetic mount antenna that I use in the car often I'm able to hit about 45 to 50 mile distance repeaters, and 30 miles and in are easy to talk on with good audio.

I just passed my Tech exam 2 weeks ago and had this Baofeng listening for a couple of weeks before that, so I was hoping to not be disappointed... and I'm sure not. Especially for the money - just my 2 cents in case you want one of the earlier versions. I've heard they're a little tough to program and their power/audio isn't as good as the B5 (or B6 - it is just a little different - it has a flashlight on it but is the same internals).

Barry
KK4RXN

Jeremiah 29:11-13 / John 3:16


Title: RE: Deciding between Yaesu FT-7900R and VX-6R
Post by: NJ6OE on June 27, 2013, 08:27:59 PM
Far ahead getting a mobile.