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Author Topic: The Best Handheld - Ham, Marine & FRS  (Read 1402 times)
VA3API
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« on: January 13, 2010, 11:24:57 AM »

I am looking for a handheld that will allow me to transmit not only on the ham bands but marine and FRS as well. (Yes I have the marine license).   I have kids and a boat.

73 de VA3 API
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #1 on: January 13, 2010, 11:34:58 AM »

The FCC does not like to have multiple services in one box.  But check with your regulator, as they might feel differently.
73s.

-Mike.
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N2QGV
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« Reply #2 on: January 13, 2010, 02:29:52 PM »

As noted above, the conversion would be illegal here in the states. However, a Yaesu VX-7R can be opened up using a software mod available in VX7 Commander memory management program. The radio will do FRS, Business Band, AM Air, and all the international marine FM frequencies. This would leave one with a non-certified radio and illegal to operate on those frequencies according to the FCC.
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N3MQM
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« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2010, 02:48:22 PM »

Of course with the OP being Canadian, he could care less about the FCC! Sorry OP can't help with the radio.
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K9KJM
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2010, 11:11:09 PM »

I agree that the Yaesu VX7 would be a good choice. It is not against the law to modify such a radio here in the states to transmit out of band, But it IS against FCC rules to transmit out of the ham band unless you are a MARS operator on the MARS frequencies, OR in the event of a real life or death situation.
The Yaesu FT60 would be a lower cost (Good) radio, But you actually have to pull the radio apart to do the (Simple)  mod.
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2010, 11:59:39 PM »

The legal situation in Canada is roughly the same as that in the US, only the regulator is "Industry Canada" instead of the FCC.   To be legal, you need type-approved radios on the marine and FRS frequencies.

I've used an IC-706 on the VHF marine bands, and it works OK. I haven't tried a ham HT "opened up".  The marine frequencies (160 mHz, if I remember right) are close to 2m ham frequencies, but a tight RF filter in the signal chain could put them outside the HT passband.

               Charles
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