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Which Ham radio to purchase?

2 years 9 months ago #8262 by Dr. Evil
So, I managed to take and pass the Technician exam today. Since studying at ham study.org for the past 2 weeks, I have a far better appreciation for my AZLRO friends that are ham radio operators.

I am trying to decide which radio to get. Which radio would you recommend for mounting in my LR4, and which handheld radio would be nice to have while on foot, away from my rig?
My brother who is a ham in Indiana is recommending a mobile Baofeng. I know that Punnet bought a Yaesu in 2012.

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Joanne Shen-Ortega
2010 LR4 HSE HD, 18&quot; Compomotive/BFGs, Tactical 4x4 sliders &amp; gas tank cover, LR front underbody protection, LR/Warn 9000XP winch, Eezi-Awn 1800 T-Top Roof Top Tent and awning, and ARB fridge/freezer for summer picnics!

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2 years 9 months ago #8264 by LeBlanc
the Baofeng HT (handheld Transceiver) is a decent radio, and cheap too! you can buy a couple of them for like 60 bucks.. We pretty much all run the Yaesu radios in our trucks.. With these Land Rovers, it's nice to have a faceplate only option that looks builtin... The biggest issue most people have is programming them. The FT-8800 was a popular mobile rig and Craig Ludwig was able to program them for people.. I have the Yaesu FTM-350 and if you found that one, I could help you get the memory programmed with all the AZ repeaters etc.. They no longer make that exact unit, and replaced it with the FT-400 or whatever..

Pierre LeBlanc
'87 RRC
'02 D2
N2FWD

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2 years 9 months ago #8266 by Javelinadave
I can program your Baofeng radios if you go that way.

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2 years 9 months ago #8267 by 05LR3AZ
A lot of us have the Yaesu FT-8800 in vehicle. I have a Yaesu VX-7R handheld.

05' LR3
01' E-350 7.3L 4x4 - Sportsmobile pop-up
94' DI - ROKROVR
[bt]91' RRC SWB[/b]
Shaun - KF7KOY

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2 years 9 months ago #8268 by Javelinadave
Here is the $32 Baofeng radio:
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Best $32 a ham could spend.

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2 years 9 months ago #8269 by DirkV
Cheap Baofeng handhelds and mobile Yeasu 8800 is the route we went. I redid my installation (in LR3) this winter, and I'm pretty happy with it. Be glad to show you at the next mtg, if only to give you ideas.

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2 years 9 months ago #8272 by jonc97
I feel the cheap Baofeng radios don't perform nearly as well as the Kenwoods or Yeasu radios do. I would recommend going to Ham Radio Outlet in Phoenix and checking out some handheld radios there.

My Mobile unit died a while back and I'm sticking with my Yeseau hand held and an external mag mount antenna for now. Works great.

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2 years 9 months ago #8274 by Dr. Evil
Please vote:
Yaesu VX-7R vs the new Yaesu FT2DR - is digital the way to go?

Joanne Shen-Ortega
2010 LR4 HSE HD, 18&quot; Compomotive/BFGs, Tactical 4x4 sliders &amp; gas tank cover, LR front underbody protection, LR/Warn 9000XP winch, Eezi-Awn 1800 T-Top Roof Top Tent and awning, and ARB fridge/freezer for summer picnics!

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2 years 9 months ago #8275 by LeBlanc
Digital is the latest thing.. I believe both parties need to have the digital capable rigs to talk.. you're probably ok for a long time with good old analog..

I'd certainly resist getting a HT for your vehicle... nice for outdoors... but the lower power can be a limitation ..

5-8watts vs 5-50+watts

Pierre LeBlanc
'87 RRC
'02 D2
N2FWD

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2 years 9 months ago #8277 by Dr. Evil
Do I have to permanently mount a mobile transceiver in the truck and connect it directly to my car battery, or can I temporarily fasten it and then use a cigarette adaptor for power? Is a mag mount for Ham antenna acceptable?

Joanne Shen-Ortega
2010 LR4 HSE HD, 18&quot; Compomotive/BFGs, Tactical 4x4 sliders &amp; gas tank cover, LR front underbody protection, LR/Warn 9000XP winch, Eezi-Awn 1800 T-Top Roof Top Tent and awning, and ARB fridge/freezer for summer picnics!

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2 years 9 months ago #8278 by Javelinadave
The radio really needs to be wired to the battery. They pull a lot of power when you broadcast and will more than likely melt a fuse if you go this way. As for digital or analog most people at this time are analog so the digital features may be unused and unneeded. I also recommend that you buy the same model radio as a friend. They can be difficult to program and use and it is nice to have an informed friend to help you learn it.

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2 years 9 months ago #8279 by LeBlanc
Joanne. We can talk on Thursday about options.

Pierre LeBlanc
'87 RRC
'02 D2
N2FWD

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2 years 9 months ago #8281 by Dr. Evil
With the LR4's delicate electronics, air bags, computer system, I am a bit leery tapping or drilling into the firewall to install a mobile directly into the main battery. I am not ready to install a second batter - I may need to get an EE major first...

I know Diana got an HT with separate antenna when she was active in the club. I will ask Puneet what he did with his Yaesu 8800 in his LR4. Thank you to all for chiming in.

Joanne Shen-Ortega
2010 LR4 HSE HD, 18&quot; Compomotive/BFGs, Tactical 4x4 sliders &amp; gas tank cover, LR front underbody protection, LR/Warn 9000XP winch, Eezi-Awn 1800 T-Top Roof Top Tent and awning, and ARB fridge/freezer for summer picnics!

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2 years 9 months ago #8282 by Javelinadave
If you do get a Baofeng I live just north of you and will be happy to program it for you or anybody else in the club. I can also program a handful of Icom mobile radios too. It takes less than 30 seconds.

I was thinking a bit about the mag mount antenna idea. Is there any steel on an LR4 to stick it to?

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2 years 9 months ago #8285 by puneetbhalla
I have a secondary battery that powers the Yaesu and the fridge. That way I can broadcast even when the vehicle is switched off without draining the main battery. Can also function as a repeater while hiking etc though never used that way.
I have a Kenwood HT also, with GPRS, but too complicated <!-- s:banghead: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_banghead.gif" alt=":banghead:" title="banghead" /><!-- s:banghead: --> for me to figure out and hardly used for that reason. Keep it simple! :)
Its usually good to get a unit that others are familiar with. That way you can tap into their expertise.

'11 LR4
-KF7PVP

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2 years 9 months ago #8288 by Dr. Evil
I have a Frontrunner roof rack and there is a flat metal space perfect for a mag mount antenna. I have placed my CB antenna there in the past.

I am fortunate to have a smart brother who is an EE and is willing to help me program my radio regardless of brand. I am leaning towards Yaesu since so many AZLRO people have one.

I will have to check out Puneet's LR4. Puneet, are you coming Thursday to my house?

Joanne Shen-Ortega
2010 LR4 HSE HD, 18&quot; Compomotive/BFGs, Tactical 4x4 sliders &amp; gas tank cover, LR front underbody protection, LR/Warn 9000XP winch, Eezi-Awn 1800 T-Top Roof Top Tent and awning, and ARB fridge/freezer for summer picnics!

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2 years 9 months ago #8289 by puneetbhalla
I'll be there tomorrow.

'11 LR4
-KF7PVP

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2 years 8 months ago #8334 by Dr. Evil
I ended up getting the Yaesu VX8DR HT with mag mount antenna. I bought the rt systems programming software and I was able to figure out how to program it without any help- very straightforward. Got my vanity call sign- don't laugh too hard: KJ0ANN. Easy for me to remember!

Joanne Shen-Ortega
2010 LR4 HSE HD, 18&quot; Compomotive/BFGs, Tactical 4x4 sliders &amp; gas tank cover, LR front underbody protection, LR/Warn 9000XP winch, Eezi-Awn 1800 T-Top Roof Top Tent and awning, and ARB fridge/freezer for summer picnics!

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2 years 8 months ago #8335 by jonc97
That's awesome. I just got programming software for my VX7 and it was also easy and straight forward to use.

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2 years 8 months ago #8338 by James Howard
Nice callsign, KJ0ANN!

1968 Land Rover Dormobile
1992 Range Rover
N1JH

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2 years 8 months ago #8339 by LeBlanc
Anyone with the RT software want my data file to import? Apparently they are compatible across radios.

Pierre LeBlanc
'87 RRC
'02 D2
N2FWD

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2 years 8 months ago #8350 by gadget1
Congrats Joanne on the fantastic Call sign and the Radio.:toast:

Welcome to the madness... :ahhh:

I use Chirp software for programming myself as it is open source and can span multiple platforms.

STEVE T
KE7TLS
04 D2 Work in Progress

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