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Author Topic: First radio; Yaesu FT-60R, any other suggestions?  (Read 2718 times)
CHRYSIPTERA
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« on: February 03, 2008, 03:49:00 PM »

Hello,

This is my first eham post!

I have recently gotten interested in amateur radio, and almost every part is fascinating me. Unfortunately I live in a basement condo without much hope of putting an antenna on the roof. I also bike nearly everywhere I go(I live in Boston), so an HT makes a lot of sense to me.

I had settled on getting the VX-170 (2 meter only), but after I started researching the AMSAT stuff I figured the FT-60R would be better because you need dual band, and I absolutely want to try this..

So my question is, what else should I be looking at? Are there other radios that are better/cheaper? ($200 is about my limit)

Jer
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K9KJM
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« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2008, 01:41:16 AM »

If 200 is your upper limit, You will need to look at good used radios to do the satellite work.

IF you wish to buy new, Look at the new Yaesu VX 3, A great little micro size hand held that is a really good receiver with a 1.5 watt transmitter thrown in to boot!  PERFECT for cross band repeat operations.
The VX 3 is selling brand new right now in the 167 dollar range.

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KB1KVJ
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2008, 05:36:17 PM »

ft-60r is a great radio for your first dual band ht.
simple to use. It will grow with you  but plan on getting a  mobile radio for a base and car  soon  down the road.
you really dont want to use a ht for long qso every day
in the car unless to and from work is less than a 20 min ride lol .But getting a a dual band is great it also makes a great scanner to thats the best thing i like when im working is just letting my ht scan my memory channels
good luck  

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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2008, 05:58:29 PM »

I'm doing my homework on the subject too. First let me tell you that all things being equal I would always pick up an Icom over a Yaesu, mainly because of quality. reliability and reputation, all well known facts by the amateur community, however I acknowledge that the Yaesu vx170 2m and vx177 70cm are just too hard to beat on what they have to offer and also affordability, Icom, this is a fact!. The trend now is miniaturization, low power and poor battery performance, sorry not for me, I like a radio to feel good in my hands, rugged, simple to use, waterproof with long battery power and if possible an sma antenna connector. All of these you will find in the Yaesus even If you have to carry two radios with you. These are some of my considerations, hope they'll be helpfull to you.
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« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2008, 08:46:13 PM »

Jer,

First off, welcome to ham radio! My first radio was an Alinco DJ-160T (2M only), which I still have. You will have a lot of fun with a dual band HT. I'm going to start experimenting with satellites soon, with an Arrow antenna on the way. There are several satellites that can be worked with HTs. I plan on using the two HTs that I have with the Arrow antenna (one for transmitting uplink and one for receiving downlink) since I don't have an HT with full duplex capability.

A few years ago when I was first considering satellites, I downloaded a file from the AMSAT site which listed radios that are good for satellite operation. I pasted an excerpt from that file below (did not include the mobile and base station radio info). It's a bit dated, but it may be good information for buying a used HT.

73
Jack

"Subject: [amsat-bb] Rigs for FM Sats including AO-51 (Echo)
From: Darrell Bellerive, VE7CLA
Date: Sat, 10 Jul 2004 12:02:22 -0700

A list of criteria has been added. This is my best guess from what I
have learnt so far. Please send me corrections.

Also please check to make sure the rigs will meet all the criteria.

Updated list as of July 10 18:30 UTC:

Criteria:
1) Must be capable of tuning the satellite sub-bands:
2 metres: 144 to 146 MHz.
70 cm: 435 to 438 MHz.
2) Must be capable of transmitting sub-audible or CTCSS tones:
SO-50: 67.0 Hz and 74.4 Hz.
AO-51: 67.0 Hz.
All rigs on this list will transmit a tone in full duplex mode.
3) Full duplex. Able to receive during transmission. While not
absolutely necessary, full duplex is extremely desirable.
All rigs on this list will do full duplex.
4) Cross band memory storage. The ability to store frequencies from
different bands into a memory channel. While not absolutely
necessary, it makes tuning for Doppler frequency shifts much
easier.
All rigs on this list will allow cross band frequencies in
memory channels.
5) Power output from handhelds should be 5 watts. Some handhelds
will require 12 volt batteries or external power.

Handhelds:
Alinco DJ-G5T
Alinco DJ-580T 12V battery pack EPB-28NH works better
Icom IC-24AT Not sensitive enough on 70 cm
Icom IC-W2A
Icom IC-W32
Kenwood TH-77
Kenwood TH-78 Full Duplex?
Kenwood TH-79(AD) Mod required to receive satellite sub-band
Kenwood TH-D7 Voice and digital modes
Standard C-568
Yaesu FT-470
Yaesu FT-530
Yaesu FT-50R Only some versions of firmware?
Yaesu FR-51R"

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CHRYSIPTERA
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« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2008, 07:45:31 AM »

Thanks for the response everyone! I am still looking at the FT-60R, and hopefully will get my Tech on Feb-11th Smiley
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K9KJM
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« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2008, 12:23:13 AM »

After doing a little research on the FT-60, At only $179.95 at Hamcity, That seems like a pretty good deal for a dual band hand held, DTMF pad and full 5 watts!

Good luck on your exam, And Welcome to the hobby!!!!

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KB9YUR
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2008, 03:10:48 AM »

The FT-60R is certainly a good radio and I've been
using one for almost 3 years. I would also consider
something like an older Yaesu FT-290RII which is a bit
larger than an HT, but offers 2m SSB and can be used
as a portable, mobile and base depending on how you
want to configure it. Most of the time, I've had more
fun with my FT-290RII than the HT.
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008, 02:42:33 PM »

I have a Yaesu FT-60R and have no complaints.... it's been a consistent performer and has gotten strong signal reports all over my area*

By all means, let us know when if you passed on the 11th!

73 and enjoy.

David
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