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Title: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: N3BQA on February 12, 2014, 08:42:24 PM
I'm in the market for a new 2-meter FM mobile rig. I'm looking for simplicity in programing & operation. Only interested in 2 meters, no dual band rig. Simplicity is the priority! What's available?


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: M6GOM on February 13, 2014, 03:51:43 AM
None of them. They're all a pain in the ass to programme.

I suppose the Kenwood TM-281A is about the best.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: K7RBW on February 13, 2014, 06:08:20 AM
I'd also put in a vote for the Kenwood. It's a very solid radio.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: K5LXP on February 13, 2014, 06:14:31 AM
I know Yaesu radios offer a "memory only" mode, reducing operator input to turning the knob to the desired memory and that's it.  But you'd have to come up to speed setting up the memories and radio functions initially, so that may not meet your simplicity requirement.  Unfortunately, the only "simple" synthesized radios I've seen are from three decades ago, so you may have to get with the times if you want something contemporary.

Alternatively, something like a motorola maxtrac is as simple as it gets.  On-off/volume and channel up/down are the only controls you get.  You need an interface and software to set those up, so even a "simple" radio requires some degree of complexity to get going.


Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: KE5TJT on February 13, 2014, 03:12:22 PM
I highly recommend one of the Yaesus. They work great. They are a vertex standard company. I have an old Vertex Standard HT for aircraft use and it works like new with the original battery, except it's about 10 years old!!!!! The thing is built like a brick ***thouse.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: KA3NXN on February 13, 2014, 04:14:49 PM
All the name brands are fine. I personally own several Alinco single band rigs that are very, very easy to program and are affordable.  My 2m version is the DR135MKIII.


Jaime-KA3NXN


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: N6AJR on February 17, 2014, 01:29:04 PM
ft 1500


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: ONAIR on February 17, 2014, 02:59:59 PM
Yaesu FT-2900.  75 Watts, solid as a rock, a cinch to program!


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: N1DYX on February 19, 2014, 09:09:26 AM
I have a 2900 and I think it's a poorly made rig as far as the handset is concerned.  Also the speaker points down towards the floor, OK if you're laying on the floor but otherwise hard to hear in a vehicle that has a slightly higher noise level.  The Kenwoods I've had in the past have the speaker on top where it should be.
Agree on the ease of programming and all other functions.  Pretty economical 75watt radio.  No complaints on transmit or receive.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: W8JX on February 19, 2014, 09:35:48 AM
I'd also put in a vote for the Kenwood. It's a very solid radio.

I have owned one for a year and a half and it is a solid rig with strong/loud audio on receive.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: WY1C on February 19, 2014, 11:49:28 AM
FT-2800, Best 2m ever, easy to program.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: W7HBP on February 23, 2014, 11:10:53 AM
I'm in the market for a new 2-meter FM mobile rig. I'm looking for simplicity in programing & operation. Only interested in 2 meters, no dual band rig. Simplicity is the priority! What's available?

I liked the Alinco DR135 for ease of programming and they have 100 memory channels too. I found Yaesu and Icoms are complicated compared to Alinco. I have no expereicne with Kenwood units.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: VE5EIS on February 23, 2014, 06:22:35 PM
I run the Icom IC-2300H.  Cheap, 65 watts, reasonably easy to program, 4 power settings (5/10/25/65) and nice and compact, too.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: K6CPO on February 24, 2014, 03:44:09 PM
All the name brands are fine. I personally own several Alinco single band rigs that are very, very easy to program and are affordable.  My 2m version is the DR135MKIII.


Jaime-KA3NXN

I found the Alinco 6 meter FM mobile more difficult to program than the Yaesu FT-1900 2 meter mobile or the Yaesu FT-7900 dual band mobile.  Programming any radio is made much easier with software, but none exists for my particular Alinco...


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: W7ND on February 26, 2014, 05:06:43 PM
I had a Kenwood TM281A.  Great radio, very easy to use and operate.  My only gripe with it was it only has two power level settings, a high setting of 65 watts, and a low setting of 25 watts.  I wished it had a setting lower than the 25 w as I often just used mine for repeater contacts around town that were easy to hit on low power.  Also, if you're ragchewing, especially on high power, the heatsink could get quite hot.  I had mine mounted in such a way my leg would occasionally come into contact with it, and  I just about burned myself a couple of times wearing shorts.  I suspect pretty much all the radio mentioned in this catagory (Yaesu 1900/2900, Icom V8000, Alinco 135) are in the same boat as they have big aluminum heatsinks for cooling instead of fans.  Speaking of the Alinco, if you later on decide you want to do packet or APRS with it I believe it has a TNC add on board for the radio so you won't need an external TNC.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: K7EDL on February 27, 2014, 01:58:57 PM
Another vote for the Kenwood, easy to program and good clear sound in my noisy truck with my faiding hearing


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: KD0PBO on February 27, 2014, 09:33:31 PM
BIG +1 for the Kenwood 281A.

I have had its older brother, the 271A for around 3 years in my truck. Through 100+ degree heat in the summer and below 0 degree cold in the winter (specifically this winter) and it has fired up every morning. Built like a tank with a front firing speaker to boot. Run it on low power of 25w instead of 65w and it'll last forever. Easy to program too once you learn the sequence of buttons.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: KC8Y on March 01, 2014, 06:57:52 AM
RE W7NBD statement ...about the ICOM IC-V8000

I've had the IC-V8000 2-m xcvr ever since it came out.  True-it's a bear to program, BUT I bought RT System programming software for it,  problem solved.

I, also like the front facing speaker (only use the unit for a base station), and
the multi-power outputs, only run about 20-watts.

Guess everyone can make their own decision for a rig.

Ken KC8Y.


Title: RE: Which 2-Meter FM Mobile Rig To Buy?
Post by: VE4CDR on March 02, 2014, 03:45:23 PM
Another vote for the Icom IC-V8000. Choice of power levels, front facing speaker with good volume and built like a locomotive. The programming is incredibly non intuitive. After owning it for 2 years, I still have to use the manual to program it if I am unable to use the RT software. A great choice if all you need is 2 meters.