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RandyT
03-05-2008, 08:51 PM
Hi guys,
Someone sent me this in a PM and I thought I would post it so others could comment and review as well.

PM:
I am taking my HAM class right now and am looking at mobile radios.

Do you have any recommendations? The popular ones I hear are the FT-8800R and the D-700...

Also, when I go to get this, what is a list of what I will need? Radio, Antenna, and what?

My 2 Cents:
Congrats on the decision to become a ham! The benefits are many. Great questions. If you would like to play around with APRS you can't beat the D700, it is also a great dual bander. The Yaesu FT8800 is a great dual bander that provides cross band repeat and dual RX (same as the D700 but w/o aprs). My next choice would be the Yaesu FT7800, a dual bander w/o repeat or dual RX.

You can get a 2m only rig for cheaper but I recommend spending the extra bucks for a dual bander as you will regret it later. Cross band repeat is real nice if you like to hike because you can use an HT and your Jeep acts like a repeater extending your signal both on tx and rx.

Any radio you buy new will have all the wiring and mounting brackets you need. You will need an antenna mount, antenna and some coax.
I started with a MFJ mag mount antenna and it worked better than I though it would.

Best of luck and I hope to talk to you soon!

AZG23
03-05-2008, 09:03 PM
I was gonna say post pics of your install to go with the net topic tonight (3/5)...however with certain info available..it may not be wise to share "that" much info....Im not sure though...whadda ya'll think..maybe keep it ambiguos enough to not give away too many details..??

RandyT
03-05-2008, 09:12 PM
I was gonna say post pics of your install to go with the net topic tonight (3/5)...however with certain info available..it may not be wise to share "that" much info....Im not sure though...whadda ya'll think..maybe keep it ambiguos enough to not give away too many details..??

Good idea Brad.
My set up can be seen here:
http://virtualjeepclub.com/showthread.php?t=17962&highlight=aprs

AZG23
03-05-2008, 09:29 PM
aight...Ill add a few sorta vague pics...and preface it with since its a HT..it comes out when I get out..just disco the magmount and on goes the rubber ducky..so its never left in the Jeep

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v214/azg23/100_2304.jpg

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gefelix
03-05-2008, 11:16 PM
A few installation pics.....
Yaesu 7800 with remote kit & Comet dual band antenna
Uniden Pro520XL with 2' Firestick antenna

corwyyn
03-05-2008, 11:21 PM
One comment I'd make is that depending on the mount your are getting the coax may be included. I just purchased a mount for a dual-band antenna this past week at HRO and it included 16' of coax with the proper connectors on both ends. You'll need to figure out where/how you would like to mount it and what style you want to use - do you want a mag mount, a mobile mount for the door/hood/trunk, or maybe you're ready to drill a hole and do a roof mount?

As far as radios go, most of the big manufacturers make decent rigs, and I do agree that if you can afford it a dual-band unit is your best bet. My personal choices would be an Icom, Yaesu or maybe Alinco (gotta drop that last one in since I own two of their radios :) )

OddBallXJ
03-06-2008, 04:46 AM
I like Yaesu, but that's primarily because I originally bought the Yaesu FT60 then decided I really needed/wanted mobile radios. I bought 2 2m rigs but should have saved the pennies and picked up a dual-band with cross-band repeat capabilities.

Sc00by
03-06-2008, 01:57 PM
Sorry some of the pictures are blown out. But should give an Idea on what I have.
I also wasent aware of the cross band repeater option on the FT8800 :aagh: Any one here willing to teach me how to set it up & use it once I get an HT:confused:

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OddBallXJ
03-06-2008, 03:17 PM
There's a nice link on www.aen-mar.org /links on how to set up the yaesu ft60 for transmit boost. I wish I had an 8800. cant do it right this minute though (unless someone would like to trade a 2800 for an 8800)

yellow_X
03-06-2008, 04:57 PM
Great net last nite, heard every word, just couldn't make it into the repeater, tried both of them, I was the the one that couldn't be read during the check in

OddBallXJ
03-06-2008, 05:00 PM
There's a nice link on www.aen-mar.org /files on how to set up the yaesu ft60 for transmit boost. I wish I had an 8800. cant do it right this minute though (unless someone would like to trade a 2800 for an 8800)

Fixed it. sorry for any confusion.

lpennock
06-05-2008, 08:03 AM
If you want to do APRS you want a D700. The 8800/8900 are completely tied up when being used for APRS. With the D700 you can use one side for APRS and still use the other side for Voice. Also Cross band is easier to use on the D700. To do the transmit boost mode you need to do some special configuration to make fake entries to the repeat only goes a single direction. With the D700 you just choose locked mode.

With that said the 8800 is about 25% cheaper than the D700. You pays your money and takes your chances. ;)