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Author Topic: Sealed 2m mobile radios  (Read 658 times)
AC2RC
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« on: January 28, 2010, 07:33:38 PM »

I'm looking for a list of 2m or 2m/440 mobile radios that will be used for racing  specifically rallys.I need a sealed [no fan] unit like the Icom 2200H.They will be exposed to vibration and dust.
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2010, 06:51:26 AM »

Yaesu and Icom both make fully-sealed models. However, any radio with a button or knob, will sooner or later need to be cleaned.

PS: You aught to see what happens to radios installed in garbage trucks!
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VA3WXM
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« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2010, 11:21:29 AM »

Yaesu makes the FTM-10R which they claim is designed for outdoor/harsh environment use.

If you're willing to consider commercial radios the Kenwood 90 Series line is mil-spec certified for a number of dust, water and vibration standards.  Yes, you need special software to program them but they're built like a tank and are designed to take abuse.
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KC7YRA
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« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010, 07:16:36 PM »

The FT-10M series is a great suggestion.  Very tough radios that are water proof.

I have a couple more thoughts.

1.  Kenwood TM-271A,  No fan, tough as nails and the best part, CHEAP.  If you destroy 1 a year, easy fix.  Just buy a new one.

2.  Get a radio with a remote face.  You can mount the body is a tupperware box (With a fan that is covered with Gortex, Lets air in but keeps water out) then wrap the faceplate in plastic.  Would stay clean (mostly) and could be used for a number of years.

The benefit is that radios for the mobile environment are pretty good at withstanding shock and vibration.  If you are overly worried about it, take your radio (the one we mounted in tupperware) and put some R/C car suspension under it.  It could take a MASSIVE amount of force and shrug it off easily.

Just some thoughts.

Brad
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