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Old 07-21-2011, 05:03 PM   #1
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Trying to find the best valued Ham Radio...

Im trying to find a good valued Ham Radio setup.

this is what i have been looking at...

http://www.amazon.com/Connex-CX-3400.../dp/B003DQ3ZT6

http://www.gigaparts.com/store.php?a...u=ZYS-FT-7900R


Any word of advise for a good radio make and antenna?

recommendations?

experiences?

pictures?


thanks in advance.
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Old 07-21-2011, 05:47 PM   #2
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dang.... anyone?

maybe im being a little impatient.. hahaha
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I don't even think that IS a ham radio.

And it's expensive. If you just want to be on 2m, just get a low end Yaesu and call it good. That will set you back $200 or less.

Icom and Kenwood also make good solid inexpensive units.

I'd say get a spring mounted 1/4 wave antenna and put it on a roof NMO mount. Others will tell you to get a longer 5/8 wave antenna and put it on a hood mount like the one from Relentless.
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Sorry, your second link is a solid radio. It's that first link to that thing on Amazon I'm not so sure of.

My sig shows one installation. You can do a cleaner install on a Detachable Face radio, but they're a little more expensive.
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I am running a Larsen 2/70 NMO antenna and a Yaesu 8800 that I bought off of eBay for $250. It's a great setup. I talk to people regularly from Hawaii to Boston. The other day I made contact to somebody from South Africa.

If you dont need a dual receive, a Yaesu 7800 would be good. Are you going straight to 10m?

Here's my setup. NMO is on my roof.

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I don't even think that IS a ham radio.

And it's expensive. If you just want to be on 2m, just get a low end Yaesu and call it good. That will set you back $200 or less.

Icom and Kenwood also make good solid inexpensive units.

I'd say get a spring mounted 1/4 wave antenna and put it on a roof NMO mount. Others will tell you to get a longer 5/8 wave antenna and put it on a hood mount like the one from Relentless.

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Sorry, your second link is a solid radio. It's that first link to that thing on Amazon I'm not so sure of.

My sig shows one installation. You can do a cleaner install on a Detachable Face radio, but they're a little more expensive.
i think im going to get a Yaesu radio. ive been reading up on them and i found them to be pretty legit.

im about to check out your sig here in a second

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I am running a Larsen 2/70 NMO antenna and a Yaesu 8800 that I bought off of eBay for $250. It's a great setup. I talk to people regularly from Hawaii to Boston. The other day I made contact to somebody from South Africa.

If you dont need a dual receive, a Yaesu 7800 would be good. Are you going straight to 10m?

Here's my setup. NMO is on my roof.

i really like the size of your unit. the yaesu 8800.

im not really up to speed with the ham radio lingo yet though. like "dual receive" and "10m" lol
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Is there a Ham Radio Outlet near you? They can help you, they are knowledgable and expensive. I found a really cheap Icom 207h used on eBay. It is similar to Yaesu FT 8800 in being that it has a remote head. I love this radio, for the price. It is dual band and modded for 120mhz all the way up to 480mhz. I have a dual band antenna with a NMO mount on the center of my roof. If you are looking to work repeaters you don't need much more than 5w. So don't get caught up thinking you need a lot of power. The only other advice I would give is to run a relay with a fuse on the ACC. If you get a remote head unit, the back seat is a great place to hide the transceiver and easy access to run power lines and coax.

Dual receive is When a transceiver can monitor two different frequencies at once. Usually one for 2m and one for 70cm. And 10M is a HF band, a tech license gives you some privileges here. Also CB Radio is within the 10M band
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