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Author Topic: Hand held radio  (Read 1371 times)
N4KCE
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« on: May 08, 2011, 01:27:55 PM »

Anyone know of a 2 meter and or 440mhz hand held radio with air tx/rx?
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KE3WD
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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2011, 03:24:41 PM »

I doubt that you will find a legal one, that is, type accepted by FCC for use on the Aeronautical Bands. 


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W3LK
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2011, 04:04:41 PM »

There was a 2m/airband HT about 10-12 years ago (I think it was Yaesu), but it didn't last long and is long out of production.
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AD6KA
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2011, 06:36:01 PM »

There was a 2m/airband HT about 10-12 years ago (I think it was Yaesu), but it didn't last long and is long out of production.

Right, the VXA-700 "Spirit".
Only 1.5 watts output on airband.
Not a well reviewed product, it was replaced with
the VXA 710, don't have any info on that one.

Ken,, AD6KA
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W3LK
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2011, 06:53:06 PM »

http://www.vertexstandard.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=204&ProdID=1243&DivisionID=2&isArchived=0

It appears the VXA-710 is in production. It does NOT have 70cm capability, though.
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K9YLI
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2011, 04:39:31 PM »

 well,,  air  band is   AM  while the rest ar  FM..

makes a more complicated radio with very little  sales prospect.

Pilot  hams   or  ham pilots  the only likely  buyers.

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NA0AA
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2011, 11:33:45 AM »

I imagine that they don't make 'em because there are not enough pilot/amateurs.

That, and in an emergency, I can imagine a pilot switching to 2 meters and wondering why he's not getting any help!

[I'm a pilot BTW].
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VE7DQ
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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2011, 09:47:58 PM »

The VXA-700 was the only transceiver to combine both amateur (VHF only) and airband.  It was/is type accepted.  They show up on ebay occasionally; that's where I got mine.  It was a gift for my wife, who is both pilot and ham.  She likes it.

I believe it was rated at 5 watts PEP on AM; carrier power is 1.5 watts.  

They work OK, but unless one has the programming cable and software, it's challenging to program memories.

The VXA-710 is airband only.
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KE3WH
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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2011, 09:59:02 AM »

Definitely do not need a distracted pilot working VHF when they should be flying. Im not big on VHF/UHF operations anyway.
Passenger might be able to work VHF radio, but wouldn't there be a problem of hitting multiple repeaters in LOS? And the need to have separate wiring.
Then there is instrument interference issue, but never seen or heard anyone trying this to know what that is for sure.

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