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WD8ILB
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« on: May 13, 2006, 06:07:56 PM »

I want to purchase a 2m/70cm HT...to use mobile with an external mag mount.

Anyone know anything about the Yeasu FT60R ?

Please advise....

73

Kenn / WD8ILB
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2006, 05:00:09 AM »

I don't advise anyone on using a handheld mobile, especially with a mag mounted antenna. And for a lot of reasons...

Mag mounts are not typically covered by insurance policies, they mar the surface they're on, most handhelds end up just lying on the seat ready to become flying bricks in the event of a crash, most handhelds don't work very well in a metro areas with an external antenna (intermod), and the list goes on.

If this is for temporary use in a rental car, and the necessary precautions are taken, fine. If this is your daily driver, there are much better choices, and in most cases less expensive ones too.

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2006, 12:55:58 PM »

Alan is exactly on target.  For what you would spend on a new HT having all the bells and whistles you'll never use, can get a somewhat older, but sturdy, reliable and simple to use dual-band mobile, such as a Kenwood TM731.  

Get the Larsen dual-band whip, drill the hole for a permanent NMO mount through the vehicle roof over the dome light panel, and use a fish tape to work the coax down the driver's side door post so that you don't need to pull the headliner. If you haven't done a mobile install, get an Elmer to help you on your first one, especially the power connections. This is a necessary right of passage along with learning to prepare coax, assemble and solder a PL259, and making your first 1/4 wave ground plane antenna.

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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2006, 01:10:03 PM »

Ditto!

Not to mention 5w is a rather lousy power output, even with a good antenna, for anything other than urban areas with clear shots at the repeater(s). Forget simplex with a 5w HT mobile.

Lon W3LK
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« Reply #4 on: May 17, 2006, 05:09:24 PM »

Or... you are renting a car or this is for a work car. I used my T-90A and a MFJ-1724b that I slapped on top of my work van. I was able to work stations all around houston with only 5 watts, even simplex. I got others from work intrested in ham radio and one friend and I talked on the way home every day from work simplex with .5 watts both using a very similar setup. I personally recomend a cheapper 2m HT with easy to find battery packs. My biggest regret with the T-90A is ICOM's insistance of using propriety batteries and accessories. Like the $70 Alkaline battery adapter. And the $80 standing charger!

Look for an older cheaper HT like the ones radio shack made in the 90s... You can find them on ebay for around $50 and you can spend the rest of the money on a new battery and a car charger. You can check out reviews here on eham.com.

If this is going to be for your personal car on a permanent basis I wouldnt go with a magmount, I have good use with a trunk lipmount and a simple 5/8 whip. Best wishes!
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2006, 06:12:53 AM »

For use on a rental care or company pool vehicle which you can't drill, another solution which works fairly well is the Radio Shack window-clip mount.  This has 10 ft. of RG58, which is a bit better than the thin spaghetti coax used on some others and BNC connectors on both ends.  Use a BNC to PL adapter to connect to your mobile radio, and attach a Smiley rigid BNC quarter-wave whip for pretty good results with an inexpensive setup which carries in your briefcase.
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