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Author Topic: Dual Band Base Station Radio Recommendations?  (Read 945 times)
KC2NYU
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« on: October 15, 2014, 11:23:08 AM »

My shack was struck by lightning a month or so ago, and I finally got paid by insurance company. I lost an FT-7800 to the strike, and now is time to purchase a replacement. Looking for any recommendations on what to get for a new dual band base station. I don't need APRS or DSTAR capability. What's good these days ? 1) the big name companies ?  or do you get same capability from a less expensive  Chinese radio?? Any advice appreciated.

73 & Tnx in advance
Paul
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2014, 04:53:30 AM »

The FT7900 is the replacement for your old 7800.
If you want dual watch capability, get the FT-8800.

I don't recommend the FT-8900 because of few 6 and 10M repeaters, and the need for the special 4 band antenna.
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KC2NYU
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2014, 05:01:16 AM »

What about DSTAR radios- like ID-880h ?

73 Paul KC2NYU
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K5BBC
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2014, 12:39:19 PM »

What about DSTAR radios- like ID-880h ?

73 Paul KC2NYU

Nice radio, but small display and no dual watch.  I'd recommend going up to the 2820 if DSTAR is a desire.
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KD7OQC
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« Reply #4 on: Yesterday at 04:41:17 PM »

If you only need 50 watts and since you mentioned that D-Star and APRS were not requirements, I would encourage you to consider the Kenwood TM-V71A.  It offers true dual receive, excellent audio and fairly intuitive controls and menus.  For example, you have a separate volume and squelch knob for each "side" of the radio.  Should you want to use it for cross-band repeat in the future it is fairly easy to set up.

Our group has 5 of them, and no one has had any issues so far (12-24 months).
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