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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Base/Mobile (non hand-held) | Bridgecom BCM-220 Help

Reviews Summary for Bridgecom BCM-220
Bridgecom BCM-220 Reviews: 4 Average rating: 5.0/5 MSRP: $$240
Description: 222 Mhz 30 watt mobile, 250 channel
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KK9H Rating: 5/5 Nov 7, 2017 13:36 Send this review to a friend
Solidly built mobile radio  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I am the repeater trustee for my local radio club and we have repeaters for 2M, 220 and 440 which I need to be able to monitor and control if necessary. My trusty Icom IC-38A finally quit working after 30 years of faithful service so I needed a replacement to use as a base station to monitor our 220 system. I had seen the Bridgecom at Dayton and really liked the commercial nature of its construction so I bought one as a replacement. In the short time Iíve had it I like it very much. A quick read of the manual and I was off and running. Things like squelch, offset and PL tone settings were easy to find. The receiver sounds good especially with the front facing speaker and my transmitted audio reports were all very complimentary. What more could you want? I will eventually program some frequencies into memories, but I will use the radio primarily to monitor just our club repeater. I would gladly recommend this radio to anyone looking for a nice 220 mobile or base radio.
K5YBX Rating: 5/5 Dec 9, 2016 12:23 Send this review to a friend
Excellent Value  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
It reminds me of a solid, commercial radio. Everything about it is heavy-duty, including the microphone. The front speaker is excellent, with lots of crisp audio. It was easy to learn to use and program. Great audio reports from listeners.

Something to consider if you plan mobile use is that the display, although very clear and bright, is small, like a hand-held display. For some, this could be an issue in the mobile environment. Also, there is no indication of volume level on the display. Not a big deal, but it would be useful.

I really like the rig and dealing with the Bridgecom folks is a pleasure. Highly recommended.
K4RNV Rating: 5/5 Jul 13, 2016 14:37 Send this review to a friend
Great 220 rig  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Our 220 repeater is a Bridgecom and I have only had a handheld 220 in the past. A not very good Chinese radio; then upgraded to a better handheld; but now I have the power to get into the repeater "full quieting". A very solid radio.
KE6JZ Rating: 5/5 Apr 17, 2016 20:40 Send this review to a friend
Quality has returned to 222 Mhz  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have owned many 220 radios in years past. Icom 28A,38A, Kenwood TM231/331. All were great rigs that were ultimately discontinued. There has been a dearth of 222 equipment for many years.With the latest incarnation of Chinese imports the overseas importers have tried to take advantage of a lack of 222mhz equipment.These radios typically have cheap construction and/or buggy software and performance.And you get what you pay for.

Finally a US company brings forth a quality 222 Mhz mobile radio. The construction of this radio is superb. It feels of commercial quality from the front firing speaker with plenty of loud, clear audio.

The case is of solid construction consisting of a large heat sink on the bottom protruding out the back. No fan on the back (so no fan noise), but the rig runs fairly cool even on high power.

All knobs and buttons are solid and have a quality feel to them. The Microphone is a heavy, solid DTMF type with VFO/Memory toggling. You can input the frequency directly from the Microphone keypad or dial it with the VFO knob. Very intuitive.

On air audio reports are all good so far. Receive audio is very good. Sensitivity appears very good.

The scan function works very well and is simple to activate.

The price of the radio includes a programming cable and software CD. The software loads easily and the cable actually works! The program is very easy to use and you can program plenty of memories quickly. Also , the internal settings are available in software to personalize the various functions. This software runs very well with no buggy attitude, unlike some of the offshore software provided with the newest imported rigs.

If you have been holding out in hopes of some US company coming out with a 222 mhz radio that will make you remember the "good old days" of the "big three" and their 220 radios then your wait is over. There simply is no comparison here. This Bridgecom mobile is built better than any of the older 220 mobiles I have owned in the past. Truly commercial grade.

And you get what you pay for.

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