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Discussion in 'Ham Radio - CB - Trail Communications' started by kristinandq, April 27, 2018.

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  1. kristinandq

    kristinandq Member

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    Some friends and I are going to take the test in a couple weeks. I was wondering what radio would be decent. Been looking at the Icom 2730a and Yeasu 8900r. What would be your opinion to get. I am open to other radios as well.
     
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  3. Brian1

    Brian1 Elite Explorer

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    I've been real happy with my Yaesu products. The 8900r looks like a nice radio.
     
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    i just installed the FT7900 in my Ex. granted it doesn't have dual watch or cross band repeat, but for 260.00 for a dual bander I couldn't beat it..
    Make sure you get the separation cable with whichever radio you get.
     
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    With so many options, what a dream the radios are today! What bands do you want, where do you want
    to talk, how many antennas do you want to haul. How about remote EME or grid chaseing, the sky er ionosphere is the
    limit.

    By the pound is not an option too.

    73 KI6FG.... Friendly Gary
     
  6. kristinandq

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    With being new at this. I want easy, quality and reliability. Just one antenna. Do not think I will be interested in much more. Thinking $600 is where i want to be with everything to have it up and running. Can go a little more would rather not though. Been researching antennas been thinking of a Larsen. Opinions and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
    thanks again
     
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    The Larson 2/70 is a great antenna. I had one for years. Radio wise, it's all what you want to do with it as far as dual watch, cross band repeat... ham radio outlet, DX engineering, R and L electronics are some of sites out there to check out.
    Good luck on the test. After being in the hobby for 28 years I'm finally cracking the study book open for Extra!!

    73's
     
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    I run the Larsen 2/70 NMO antenna and like it. I made a bracket to mount it near my cowl opposite the am/fm radio antenna so I didn't have to drill any holes.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Ended up ordering the ft7900r and a Larsen antenna. My CB antenna is in the same location as your Brian1. Here is a very stupid question. Can i put the other antenna on the passenger side or should i put the CB antenna next the the radio antenna?
     
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    Separate the 2 antennas for best performance of both radios. We used to run a 4 ele. Quad on 2 meters
    in S CA. with T-Hunt partner WB6ADC
     
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    the best place for the antenna is right on the roof with a NMO mount drilled through the roof. myself, I use a mag mount on the roof. Haven't convinced myself to get the drill out yet! K0BG.com has a ton of info on mobile installs.
    Gary, you brought back a lot of memories of T hunting with a 4 element quad. i had mine on a early 80's Toyota sticking out the moon roof driving around the Cleveland area in the 90's.
    Oh the looks we got!!!
     
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    I run an older Alinco DR-610 Dual Band and Mag mounted Larsen 2/70 antenna. Good to see an ham radio section - didn't see it till now :)
     
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    Kristinandq, did you get your ticket yet?
     
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    No I wish. Work picked up 60 hours a week have no time to go test
     

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