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Author Topic: Dual HF Band Mobile Radios  (Read 5863 times)
KF5LYZ
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« on: June 10, 2014, 10:32:39 AM »

Just a general question, may have already been asked, but with a couple hundred pages of threads, thought it would be easier to ask again.

Does anyone make a Dual Band HF mobile, and let me clarify, I am talking about one that has TWO HF VFOs to work with.. Think of a FT 8900 that has both sides on HF.

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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2014, 10:42:41 AM »

Not two knobs, but two VFOs for sure. Yeasu FT-857; Icom 706, 7000, 7100, 7200; Kenwood TS-480, to name a few. But.....

The 8900 can listen to two channels at the same time. You can't do that in any miniaturized transceiver! About the cheapest one, is the IC-7600, although a couple of TenTecs might.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2014, 10:43:38 AM »

Define "mobile"

If you mean something the size of an 8800, then no.  If you can fit something like a K3 under the dash, then yes.  

Back in the day people mounted KWM-2's under the dash.  Icom sold a mobile bracket for the 735, which is slightly bigger than a K3, so you could probably consider the K3 a "mobile sized" radio.


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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2014, 12:21:38 AM »

Just a general question, may have already been asked, but with a couple hundred pages of threads, thought it would be easier to ask again.

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KF5LYZ
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2014, 08:17:27 AM »

Not two knobs, but two VFOs for sure. Yeasu FT-857; Icom 706, 7000, 7100, 7200; Kenwood TS-480, to name a few. But.....

The 8900 can listen to two channels at the same time. You can't do that in any miniaturized transceiver! About the cheapest one, is the IC-7600, although a couple of TenTecs might.


Thanks for the info everyone, another quick question, of these, is/are there a few that are more ruggedly built? ie: one good for in the field use vs wouldn't want to take it out of the shack... Looking for one that is good to go in a field/tactical GO-Box... Thx! I am researching different ones, just wanted a few different opinions...
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« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2014, 08:24:47 AM »

Modern transceivers are all fairly rugged as far as construction is concerned, as most use surface-mounted devices. Some of the controls (pots, knobs, etc.) are notoriously fragile, but the truth is, they're easy to spot.

You can't argue with success. Icom sold over 70,000 IC706s, and almost 25,000 IC-7000s before they stopped making them. Yaesu has sold similar numbers of their FT-857. If they were not made well, those numbers would be much lower.
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