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Author Topic: Need new dual band HT  (Read 650 times)
NH6FA
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« on: October 19, 2001, 06:06:50 PM »

I've been away from ham radio for about 10 years and I have decided to get active again.  My old Santec     ST-200ET 2m HT(brick)just doesn't cut it anymore.  I need some advice on buying a new dual band HT, but don't have the time to wade thought all the (new to me)information.  I just need a basic radio that scans the 2M and 440 bands, tells me how much battery power I have left, etc, etc.  Nothing fancy, and in a price range that will keep my wife happy!!  Any help will be greatly apprecated.  

         Thanks.
                 Gerry Gaines NH6FA
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WB5DX
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« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2001, 09:40:33 PM »

Hi Gerry

I just replaced my old htx202 (another old brick, but a good one) with Kenwood's THG71A.  The reviews found on this site are near 5.0.  I visited with a few hames locally who have the unit and they were very pleased.  The ergonomics are excellent.  You can download the manual from Kenwood's site and review its functions.  I got mine from GigaParts for $245 (delivered!).  I subsequently bought a hand mic and the alkaline battery pack (which, in hind-sight, I would have passed up).  Now I need to find a good dual band ht antenna (sma connector).  Hope this helps  73, Bill WB5DX
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NH6FA
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« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2001, 11:30:43 PM »

Bill, thanks for the info on the Kenwood THG71A, I'll check it out.  Gerry  NH6FA
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AB0RE
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« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2001, 10:57:36 PM »

I also own a G71 and would highly recommend it.  I've owned several HTs and the G71 is at the top of the bunch for ease of use and quality of performance.  73!
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KD5MAW
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« Reply #4 on: October 22, 2001, 02:02:02 PM »

I've got an Icom W32A and the G71 Kenwood. The Kenwood is subtly "cheaper" in the physical quality department, but the Kenwood is a better RADIO. If you buy the W32, don't forget to buy a wheelbarrow full of batteries to run it on. [8^(
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« Reply #5 on: October 22, 2001, 11:55:52 PM »

Gerry, I am not using this dualbander...will part for 250$ + 20 for shipping from Montreal....comes with 3 chargers and 3 batteries...MH70 speaker/mike included.
Original Manual too. Have JPG close-up pictures on request.
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NH6FA
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« Reply #6 on: October 27, 2001, 11:32:44 PM »

Thanks for the offer on your HT,  I still haven't made up my mind yet.  I was leaning toward a dual bander, but I may just end up buying a 2 meter HT.  Gerry.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2001, 09:03:03 AM »

I also have the TH-G71A. The W32 is good also, but I would recommend that you get rid of the nicad battery, and get a couple of NiMH batteries. The W32 eats batteries. The G-71 has good battery life, and has excellent audio, and sensitivity. Only drawback is the protective case. It's a wrap-around held with velco. It's made for all betteries that the G-71 uses. To change the battery, I have to remove the belt clip. Minor annoyance, but worth it to protect the radio. I was lucky to get the programming cable. HRO had the last one. The S/RF display doubles as a battery life meter. To Bill WB5DX, the Comet SMA-3 is an excellent antenna. 73/Mark/W4KSR.
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