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Best Ham Radio

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by YotainOregon, Aug 14, 2020.

  1. Aug 14, 2020 at 7:20 PM
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    YotainOregon

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    Input on what you run? If so what product?
     
  2. Aug 15, 2020 at 1:31 AM
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    Old green toyota

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    I have a Yaesu 7900, it's a dual band with a remote mount. I have good signal reports, clear audio and full quieting.

    Right now I only have a 1/4 wave mag mount. The original plan was a 1/2 wave but this works so well I haven't had to change

    Things to consider are ease of programming (I had to use RT systems) menus, backlights, and open to mods. I can transmit and receive out of band if I need to. In an emergency I can use FRS, GMRS and MURS at full power.
     
  3. Aug 15, 2020 at 2:52 AM
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    m603holden

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  4. Aug 15, 2020 at 5:55 PM
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    YotainOregon

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  5. Aug 15, 2020 at 6:00 PM
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  6. Aug 15, 2020 at 6:04 PM
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    cllowe24

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    Billstines with 885 coils 2”aal Lce header, pro dry drop in filter, charcoal filter removal, light bar in grill, ditch lights, yaesu dual band radio, and a bunch of other junk
    I prefer yaesu products. They are pretty reliable but reall any major brand will be fine. I am looking at a icom hf bade right now so I might stray.
     
  7. Aug 15, 2020 at 6:41 PM
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    Old green toyota

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    Yeah that's it, I posted this pic in another thread but I'll show u. The remote faceplate feature is nice because you have more options to place the controller. And its easy to take off and hide.

    Any vhf radio will be far superior to a CB, I was making contacts 100mi away and it was crystal clear.

    Just go name brand, I'd avoid the Chinese radios until you figure the ins and outs a little better. They sometimes have weird quirks that dont make sense.

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  8. Aug 15, 2020 at 6:48 PM
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  9. Aug 16, 2020 at 4:10 PM
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    YotainOregon

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    Thanks man I won’t spend a dime on china
     
  10. Aug 16, 2020 at 4:12 PM
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  11. Aug 16, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    Is there a "quality budget" ham radio? I know pretty much nothing about ham except that everyone says its better than CB, and you need a license...

    I have a small group of friends that I travel with and would like something better than walkie talkie. I'm not interested in talking to people around the world, just something reliable that I can use to talk to my buddies that are out of line of site.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2020 at 4:42 PM
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    Could you please barney the last two paragraphs up for me
     
  13. Aug 16, 2020 at 6:28 PM
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    Old green toyota

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    What's your budget? You can transmit 2 watts on MURS without a license, it works really well I use it alot in the woods. Get a license and repeaters extend your range, almost unlimited range. I was talking to a guy in the UK on 5 watts via echo link.
     
  14. Aug 16, 2020 at 6:32 PM
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    I have a small basic antenna, planned on a bigger antenna but my current setup works well enough to not need modifications.

    RT systems is a $50 piece of software to program your radio, but it works very well. The free version works, but I prefer the more expensive program for this specific radio.

    During an emergency you can use any means of communication to get help. My radio is modified to transmit and receive on frequencies that are typically blocked. But it's good to have just in case.
     
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    Wulf

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  16. Aug 16, 2020 at 6:49 PM
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    Uv5r is borderline acceptable. I've had a not so great experience with them.

    But maybe I got a bad batch. The ones I have wont open the squelch, even with a good antenna. I have an ed fong j pole strung 20' up in a tree and the uv5r wouldn't hear it. But an icom ht with a stock antenna was picking it up just fine.

    I've heard some uv5r have firmware issues, I might have a bad set. But I dont know how to tell !
     
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  17. Aug 16, 2020 at 6:53 PM
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    I just ordered BF-F8HPs with a Nagoya antenna. Had the same previously but sold. Not sure if you’re looking for handheld or not.
     
  18. Aug 19, 2020 at 3:27 AM
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    austi012

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    Has anybody tried to run a J-pole antenna mounted stealthy-like in the bed?
     
  19. Aug 19, 2020 at 7:59 AM
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    Wulf

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    There is a cable you can buy to connect to PC for programming. I believe you can also update it that way. I want to say I got a base file with settings more dialed in from another TW thread to flash it with.
     
  20. Aug 20, 2020 at 8:50 AM
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    I have a pivoting mount I use with an old firestick, loosen up the bolt and the bracket will rotate into position. I dont use CB anymore so I wrapped the antenna in LEDs and hung a flag on it.

    I have all the programming stuff, and I use chirp on it. I've been less then thrilled with the uv5 so I'll I'll probably end up giving it away to the next person I see do something nice on the trail.
     

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