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Author Topic: Icom 229H or 2100H?  (Read 435 times)
KE7MEK
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« on: March 21, 2008, 09:27:12 PM »

Trying to decide between buying a 229H or a 2100H, any opinions would be welcome.


Russ, KE7MEK
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« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2008, 04:24:02 AM »

The only opinion that counts, Russ, is yours! Go to your closest dealer and play with both of them, and buy the one that meets YOUR needs, not someone else's.

Alan, KØBG
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N2IK
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« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2008, 02:44:25 PM »

As always, Alan's advise is good. The 229H is an older model. Make sure you read the 229 manual and compare it to the manual for the 2100H which is available for download on the Icom website. I own a 2100H and one obvious difference is that the 2100H has a microphone with many dedicated function buttons which the 229H lacks. I know that the 2100H has alphanumeric memory tags, does the 229?

Try to figure out how you will use the radio and try to enter simplex and repeater pairs and PL tones into them. Then what do you need to do to operate the radios? Which menu scheme seems more straight forward to you?

The 2100H is a newer radio and will be supported longer. Although todays basic 2M radios may not be worth repairing at current labor charges.

IMHO the key to success in using todays sophisticated radios is to preload them with all your local requencies so you can operate them with minimum distraction to your driving. If you can reach a lot of repeaters, or travel a lot, the software to manage the memories can be a big help with setup of the radio and greatly eases the task of tagging the memories.

But you are the best judge of your own needs. So make a thoughtful choice and have fun!

73 de Walt N2IK
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W4KVW
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« Reply #3 on: March 22, 2008, 06:11:19 PM »

BOTH rigs are NO LONGER being built.The 2100H was replaced in the ICOM line with the 2200H.The ONLY difference I can see in the 2100H & 2200H is the high power is more on the 2200H.I had a 2100H & it was a VERY good 2 meter rig.I now have the V-8000 & it is just as good plus the 75 watts output is nice as well for distant simplex as well as repeater operations!

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