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Author Topic: Looking for a 220 mobile rig. . .  (Read 3947 times)
N4NOO
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« on: July 27, 2011, 09:13:23 PM »

I've never had a 220 rig so I have never researched them and I would like to give it a try.  I would like comments on rigs you've enjoyed and which ones to stay away from on the used market.  I have always used Icom and Kenwood for VHF/UHF radios.  I like them but I am open to others.  I would like to get my hands on a multi-mode rig.

Thanks for your help,
Rick - N4NOO
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K1CJS
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« Reply #1 on: July 28, 2011, 06:09:50 AM »

About the only manufacturer that makes them now is Alinco.
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AD4U
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« Reply #2 on: July 28, 2011, 06:57:56 AM »

There are several listed on ebay right now.  You pay your money and you take your chances.

Dick  AD4U
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KR4BD
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« Reply #3 on: July 28, 2011, 10:46:57 AM »

I have had several mobile 220 rigs over the years and still see some of them at flea markets.

Kenwood has had several decent models in the past including dual banders and tri-banders.  Dual banders I still own are the TM-621 and TM-631.  Both were good rigs which were first offered in the mid to late 1980's.

I've also owned a Midland 13-513 mobile 220 rig which was deaf as a stump.  This rig was first out in the very late 1970's and was probably the first synthesized 220 rig.

A crystal rig (1976 vintage) I still own is a Clegg FM76 (also available as a Midland 13-509).  This is a good radio, but the "crystal situation" kind of stiffles you these days. 

As mentioned, Alinco and Jetstream still offer such rigs.

Tom, KR4BD
Lexington, KY
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K1CJS
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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2011, 05:08:34 AM »

Jetstream makes one.

73 John AA5JG

Thanks, John.  I wasn't aware of them having one.

Added--I also wasn't aware that it was a Chinese POJ.  I'll stick with Alinco, thanks!
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NI4Z
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« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2011, 05:45:49 PM »

Chris,

You mentioned an all mode rig in your query.  The only stand alone 222 rig that was all mode was the Icom 375.  Yaesu made a 222 module for their FT-736.  Both are quite rare pieces.  Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, and Alinco have offered 222 FM rigs and they are now joined by JetStream.  If you wish to get on 222 SSB / CW now the simplest way (provided you have an HF rig) is to use a transverter.  Down East Microwave has an excellent name in the VHF-UHF community.  I hope this fills in some blanks in your investigation.

Condy NI4Z
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KA3NXN
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« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2011, 12:35:33 PM »

What ever you do stay away from the ADI AR-247. They were riddled with problems. I owned several and so did some of my friends. Every one died from similar issues with the display and power amp.
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N0FPE
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2011, 07:29:17 PM »

I have 2 of the Jetstream 220 radios and they are fine. And they are 50 watts where the Alinco is only 25. If you put the JS and the alinco side by side they look almost alike right down to the microphone. I have had NO problems with my JS radios, one in the huse and one in the truck. One thing I will say is the free Jetstream software sux!!! But then its free!!!

all this is IMHO and YMMV

Dan/NØFPE
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KI4SDY
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« Reply #8 on: August 14, 2011, 04:56:11 PM »

The problem with the ADI display is an easy fix by simply checking the computer type multicontact connector that plugs into the front panel display. In many cases, it simply was not pushed in all the way when it was assembled making for unstable contact. It sinks in quite deep into an unaccessible space and was most likely difficult for the assemblers to accomplish correctly. They probably should have created a special tool for that, but most likely did not.  Wink

As for the power amplifier, I think we all know what happened to those, in particular the ADI AR-247. The new ham is thinking, I have a dual band VHF/UHF antenna and "ham radios have "final amplifier protection circuits." It should work fine until I can get a SWR meter to check it. In other cases, they probably bought a 220 antenna, installed it and never checked the SWR. Shortly after the installation, the radio quit transmitting!  Cry
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K6RMR
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« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2011, 08:45:23 PM »

The Jetstream 222 Mhz. radio got a Very good review in the Jan 2010 QST.
                 Stan K6RMR
 
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KG6BRG
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« Reply #10 on: October 14, 2011, 06:32:34 AM »

Icom IC 38A is a good used buy, maybe $100.00 used, not much more. Stay away from IC 37, too many problems.  I just bought a dual band icom # 2330A, 2 meter 220 MHz.  So far a good preformer, paid $ 50.00.  Deals are out there.  Be patient. Cheers.
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