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nattybumppo
02-05-2013, 12:36 PM
A friend gave me a Yaesu FT-2200 that he didn't want, thinking it was a CB, but isn't it a ham radio? What do I have here...is it worth keeping?

corsair23
02-05-2013, 12:42 PM
http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/ft2200.html

The Yaesu FT-2200 is a compact, full-featured 2 meter mobile transceiver. Despite its diminutive size, it provides RF power out at 5, 25 or 50 watts. 49 Memories are available. Extended receive from 110-180 MHz is featured including the civil air band (118-139 MHz in AM mode). The optional DVS-3 Digital voice unit permits digital voice recording and playback. This radio requires 13.8 VDC at 12 amps. (140x40x160mm 1.25 kg). A backlit DTMF hand mic is supplied.

The Yaesu FT-7200 is similar to the FT-2200 but covers the 430-450 MHz (70 cm) band instead of 2 meters. RF power output is 5, 20 or 35 watts. This radio requires 13.8 VDC at 12 amps.

Clicking through the link above, apparently the FT2900R (http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/fm_txvrs/2900.html) is the current new model in that line of rigs...It runs $150-$200 it would seem depending on current rebates. Dave can probably give you a better idea of what the FT2200 is worth but maybe $50-$100 if it is in good working shape?


Sounds like a good little radio for a 40 - Someday I plan to put something similar in my 40...

nakman
02-05-2013, 01:07 PM
Definitely worth keeping, if you wanted to be a part of the ham world. You're an antenna away from a nice little setup.

RicardoJM
02-05-2013, 01:16 PM
Keep it. Get your ticket. Install it in your trail rig. Tune it to 146.460 and enjoy. :D

Fishy
02-05-2013, 03:00 PM
I eyed one of those on Ebay before I bought mine. I think it was going for around $90 with bids on it.

EDIT: It's pretty big, right? With a big heat sink built in?

DaveInDenver
02-05-2013, 04:23 PM
It does have the exposed heat sink and IIRC no fan. It's not that big, smaller than a FT-1802 or FT-79/88/8900. About the same size as the current FT-1900 I think. There's not much empty space in the case, it's a very small radio.

Good little radio, worth hanging on to for when you get your ticket. Probably worth $75 to $100 on eBay or eham.com, I'd likely ask about $50 from a friend if it's in nice shape and functions.

I've always thought the guts of the Kenwood TM-241 are probably the same as the FT-2200, although I've never had both at the same time to compare. They seem /very/ similar.

http://www.m0ukd.com/pics/files/FT-2200.jpg

http://images04.olx.com.ar/ui/16/20/24/1317766455_260741624_1-Fotos-de--Base-Kenwood-TM-241-VHF.jpg

Fishy
02-05-2013, 05:07 PM
Probably worth $75 to $100 on eBay or eham.com, I'd likely ask about $50 from a friend if it's in nice shape and functions.


That sounds fair.....I'll give ya $50 for it! ;)

nattybumppo
02-07-2013, 08:08 PM
Thanks, Stan. But I think I'll keep it! It came with a magnetic antenna, is a hard-mount antenna a better idea?. Maybe I'll just mount it up and listen in on you guys for a while.

Old40Dog
02-07-2013, 09:22 PM
Sascha...your crowding in on the DOG space now you're so da.. lucky....such a a lucky dawg man! Maybe you need to consider changing ur handle on here....to LuckyDawg!:lmao::lmao::lmao:

Go for a Diamond NR770HNMO that you can lay down and be done with it. About $70 and you'll never look back!

nakman
02-07-2013, 10:41 PM
Mag mounts are good except for 2 situations, IMO.

The first is pretty unlikely, however the more serious of the two, and that's if you ever stop super abruptly (as in an accident) that antenna could become a foil (fencing term?) and potentially pierce into something ahead of you. Again, unlikely, but a safety thing like bolting down your hi lift.

The second is the exact opposite direction, which is the tendency for tree branches to periodically lower and remove your magnetic antenna. It's almost a guarantee on Slaughterhouse, or one of the other wooded runs, less of an issue on something exposed obviously. But still, can be annoying.

that said, I've got a mag mount that I keep with one of my spare mobile rigs, that roof makes a dang good ground plane and it's a pretty sweet temporary setup. Just not a long term solution, IMO..

nattybumppo
02-07-2013, 11:15 PM
My Slee rear bumper has a hole ready to mount an antenna to right in the middle up high. Dave, is that part you mentioned an antenna? Problem is if I get a good antenna mounted well to the truck I know I'm gonna want to become a HAM guy...

Old40Dog
02-27-2013, 08:10 AM
My Slee rear bumper has a hole ready to mount an antenna to right in the middle up high. Dave, is that part you mentioned an antenna? Problem is if I get a good antenna mounted well to the truck I know I'm gonna want to become a HAM guy...

Yeah, its the antenna. You'll also need a base, depending on the mounting hole and the coax. www.hamradio.com But I recommend you go by the storewith your rig and they can fit you on the spot. 8400 E Iliff Ave #9 Denver, CO 80231 (303) 745-7373

And yes,you'll get addicted to the better sound quality, low noise level and extended range pretty quickly. It was great on the Outlaw Run when we were 10 miles or sometimes more apart.