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Author Topic: FM Dual Banders With AM Airband RX Coverage  (Read 4706 times)
KG6Q
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« on: November 20, 2011, 11:07:52 AM »

Anyone know of any dual band HT's (e.g. 2m/70cm FM) that also include the AM airband?

The new dual band Wuxon specs mention the airband but ti appears to be FM only.
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ND5Y
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« Reply #1 on: November 20, 2011, 02:38:58 PM »

I had both the Yaesu VX-6R and FT-50R. They cover both the VHF and UHF air bands in AM mode.
I think most current Yaesu, Icom and Kenwoods do. You can look at the specs on their web sites.
As far as I know all the Wouxun models are FM only. I know the KG-UV2D, KG-UV3D and KG-UVD1P are.
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« Reply #2 on: November 20, 2011, 09:55:26 PM »

My favorite hand held right now is the little micro size Yaesu VX3R, Which is a really good receiver!

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/3003spec.html

Aircraft receive seems to work good.

The little VX3 does 1 1/2 watts on it's internal battery, And 3 watts with additional input power.
I have been very surprised how well it hits local repeaters, And suggest others experiment before deciding they really "need" a full 5 watt hand held...........
Other advantages of the little micro size VX3 include the super low cost of extra batteries, "NP60" for less than 5 bucks each on Ebay, Including shipping!      
The little VX3 is also super easy to do the so called MARS mod if you are so inclined......
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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2011, 05:03:55 AM »

The VX-3R is an awesome little radio!  I recently revived a dead one (total cost was about half what a Woxun will set you back) and it has replaced my 18-year-old Alinco DJ-580T (which also has a credible air band RX).
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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2011, 02:58:41 PM »

The Yaesu FT-60R receives 108-to-a-gig (essentially) - and the air band is AM.

And don't forget to check out th3e Kenwood TH-F6a!

Clint Bradford, K6LCS
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« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 01:54:20 PM »

If you can find anyone willig to part with it, the Icom T81A covers 6m 2m 70cm and 23cm, and covers the airband AM and business band VHF and UHF, and even FM broadcast. you will want the PC software to program the memories tho...
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KG5UN
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« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 04:45:10 PM »

If you want the 225-380 MHZ air band as well, many radios that advertise coverage there fall horribly short in performance, the VX3R is just one of many.

My favorite is the FT-60, very sensitive across the entire range.
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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 05:19:20 PM »

My TH-D7A receives just fine in that range.

One thing I've discovered, however, is that the SQUELCH doesn't work very well on AM
airband signals on any ham rig that I've tested.  That's because the squelch circuit is
still designed for FM.  I've turned on a practice ELT and some rigs won't open the
squelch across the room, even if the S-meter is full scale.  You may have to open the
squelch manually to hear weak AM signals.
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« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2011, 05:51:43 PM »

the VX-7R, VX-8r Handhelds do AM aircraft... the Kenwood Tm-733 mobile will do AM aircraft as well.. all 3 require the mod performed first.
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2012, 11:02:17 AM »

Very pleased with my FT-60. Simple and logical to use which is backed up with a great manual. RX on OE antenna is fine for my needs. For the money why look at anything else?

Bob.
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