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Author Topic: 2 meter mono band ssb transceiver  (Read 7460 times)
KJ4DHI
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« on: July 15, 2012, 07:51:24 PM »

Does anyone make a 2m monoband transceiver? Just getting into VHF and have no real interest i HF.
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KM3F
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« Reply #1 on: July 15, 2012, 09:07:04 PM »

Look up the MFJ 9402.
Catalog page 49. Adventure Radios.
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You might also consider using a Transverter with an HF Transceiver.
The Transceiver need not be any more than a 10m Ham specific lower cost radio as long as the power can be dialed down to a watt or less.
If not, an attenuator network would do the job if it is switched around for receive so the received signal is not attenuated.
Good luck.
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KA4POL
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« Reply #2 on: July 15, 2012, 10:08:57 PM »

Icom IC-746 Pro
Icom IC-910h
Yaesu FT-897D
Kenwood TS-2000
FT-857D
IC706-MKIIG
IC-7000
will partly fit your scope.
You'll find them used in the usual places. It seems there is not sufficient request for manufacturers to produce new ones. I got an old (40 years) Braun SE600 http://rigreference.com/rig/5154-Braun_SE_600 which still does a good job.
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #3 on: July 16, 2012, 10:20:04 AM »

Does anyone make a 2m monoband transceiver? Just getting into VHF and have no real interest i HF.

Kenwood and Icom both made all mode rigs for 2 meters for a while - they're all getting long in the tooth at this point, but they'll make decent starter rigs.

Doing a search on Ebay for "2 meter all mode" should give you an idea of what's out there. Smiley
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K0CBA
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2012, 08:01:11 AM »

Mono band rigs apparently didn't justify their existence from the manufacturer's standpoint so a used rig is about your only option.

I'd like to put in my vote for the Icom IC-275H (The 275A model is the same but only 25 watts.).  They are "mostly all mode": (NO AM).
 
100 watts CW/SSB and FM, and an outstanding receiver. They are tough but not impossible to find and command a pretty penny if in good working order.

Sadly, depending on your area, 2 meter SSB can be a mighty lonely place. 
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« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2012, 09:22:34 AM »

I have a really nice Yaesu FT-290MKII that is all mode 2m and can be used either mobile or portable. It's a very versatile rig. I see them for sale all the time. You can pick one up complete with battery case, mobile linear and bracket for about $250.00. I also have the same thing for 6 meters with the FT-690MKII. Now if I can only find an FT-790MKII that will put me on 70cm and round off the collection.

Jaime-KA3NXN
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KG4NEL
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« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012, 02:02:18 PM »

I have a really nice Yaesu FT-290MKII that is all mode 2m and can be used either mobile or portable. It's a very versatile rig. I see them for sale all the time. You can pick one up complete with battery case, mobile linear and bracket for about $250.00. I also have the same thing for 6 meters with the FT-690MKII. Now if I can only find an FT-790MKII that will put me on 70cm and round off the collection.

Jaime-KA3NXN

Unfortunately, the 70cm ones seem to be double the price of the 2m/6m versions...regardless of the manufacturer Sad
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K3GM
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2012, 04:37:47 AM »

There are two old Kenwood 2m all-mode transceivers.  They would be the TR-9000, and the TR-9130.  I owned the former for many years.  These were made in the 80's and do SSB, FM, and CW.  Although they will do standard repeater splits, neither have tone capability.  CW with the TR-9000 was interesting.  You had to key the microphone to put the radio into transmit mode.  There was a control jack on the rear of the radio cor CW, but I never used it.  Both are rugged, heavy radios, but only 10 Watts output for the '9000 and 25Watts for the '9130.  As a reference on what they go for, I sold mine at Dayton a few years ago for $175.00.
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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2012, 07:49:00 PM »

There are two old Kenwood 2m all-mode transceivers.  They would be the TR-9000, and the TR-9130.  I owned the former for many years.  These were made in the 80's and do SSB, FM, and CW.  Although they will do standard repeater splits, neither have tone capability.  CW with the TR-9000 was interesting.  You had to key the microphone to put the radio into transmit mode.  There was a control jack on the rear of the radio cor CW, but I never used it.  Both are rugged, heavy radios, but only 10 Watts output for the '9000 and 25Watts for the '9130.  As a reference on what they go for, I sold mine at Dayton a few years ago for $175.00.

You missed the 2 meter all mode (SSB, AM, FM, CW) 700 series. There was the TS-700A, 700G (non-US version), the 700S, and the 700SP. Unlike the TR-9000/9130, the 700 series had a built-in AC supply and could also be operated on 12 volts DC. Many of these 700's are still in active use.

Pete, wa2cwa
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K0YHV
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« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2012, 02:18:55 PM »

Kenwood also had the TR751A 2 meter all mode that replaced the TR9130. Lots of people love them and think they are some of the best 2 meter all modes.  However, they do have problems with the volume and squelch pots going bad, and I don't think you can get the pots anymore.  It was replaced by the Kenwood TM255A, which is one of the best 2 meter all modes ever made, but you will pay a nice price for it.  Other 2 meter all mode monobanders:

Icom-211 (avoid), 251, 260, 271, 275 (Top of the line)
Yaesu-FT480, 225, 221, 290 (only 2.5 watts), 290RII (25 watts)

John AF5CC 
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N5VTU
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« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2012, 04:58:48 PM »

Don't forget the IC-232, IC-245, and IC-290.  Kenwood also had a TS-711A (monoband) and a TS-790 (triband) that were pretty decent rigs.  I think all of the Yaesu models have already been mentioned.  Unfortunately, all of these are only available on the used market now.

2mSSB can be a blast, but it can also be very disappointing to a ham familiar with operating FM equipment who can't seem to make contacts on ssb.  Remember, horizontal polarization is the norm, antenna height is king, and feedline loss can become an issue quickly.  Listen around 144.200 usb for activity.  If none, throw out some CQ's.  Also, consider setting up a sked with another local on 2m ssb until you get the hang of things.

Good luck
Stephen
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« Reply #11 on: August 09, 2012, 11:48:29 AM »

There was also the Gonset Sidewinder  - 2m AM/SSB/CW -mostly tube, heavy, but effective. If you can find one, $100 would be a fair price.
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