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Rock Dog
07-24-2008, 04:56 PM
What is the name of the Ham radio Shop out east towards aurora ?
If i remember right it is east of 225 near yale...

wesintl
07-24-2008, 04:58 PM
http://www.hamradio.com/

800-444-9476 303-745-7373 24 HOUR FAX 303-745-7394 denver@hamradio.com
8400 E. Iliff Ave #9, Denver CO 80231

N 39 40.476 W 104 53.444 DM79nq

Shark Bait
07-24-2008, 04:58 PM
Ham Radio Outlet
(303) 745-7373 www.hamradio.com
8400 E Iliff Ave, #9, Denver, CO 80231

Rock Dog
07-24-2008, 05:08 PM
you guys are FAST.... What radios are you running, and if you had it to do over would you change anything ??? Always willing to learn from others experiences...

wesintl
07-24-2008, 05:16 PM
I bought the yaesu 1802 (smaller than the 2800) and the larsen NMO-150-B-K (on groucho's recommendation)

I wouldn't change anything. I don't feel I need the dual band capability at this time like the 7800 or even more with the 8800. Straight 2m is fine for me in the rig.

Rock Dog
07-24-2008, 05:20 PM
Thanks i appreciate the feedback!

Shark Bait
07-24-2008, 05:28 PM
I have all Yaesu radios. In my 80, an FT-8800 dual band mobile radio. In my FJ40 I have an FT-2800 2m only radio. I also have a VX-7R HT hand held radio. I like the dual fact that the 8800 can monitor 2 stations at the same time.

Romer
07-24-2008, 06:07 PM
in my and both girls trucks are the Yaesu FT-7800

I have a Yaesu VX-7r Hand held

The girls have a Yaesu FT-60r hand helds.

I bought the VX-7R used for the same price as the FT-60r's whcih are pretty good radios.

I like the FT-7800 because its a dual band, military grade build and because the face plate comes off and allows you to mount the control section up front with the big bulky part mounted in the back.

Convert
07-24-2008, 07:00 PM
Yaesu 7800 in the cruiser and a FT60R HT Very happy with both. The detachable face plate is a great option on the 7800 allows you to mount the face where you want it and the body out of the way. I have not used the dual band but it is nice to have.

Shark Bait
07-24-2008, 09:46 PM
What's nice about the dual bands is the ability to switch between 2 frequencies at the flick of a button. For instance, I could monitor a repeater on one side while talking on the club simplex frequency on the other. That's why I like the FT-8800. I put the FT-2800 in the FJ40 because I figured I'd need something pretty rugged, which it is. I got it off Craigslist with an antenna for only $100. It's only 2m, but we mostly (only) use 2m when we're wheeling. I figured the VX-7R hand held would be nice when you're out of the vehicle. It is. I mostly use it from home with an external antenna for our 21:00 Monday night club net.

I should probably play with the other bands some. It would be fun to try HF sometime, too.

wesintl
07-24-2008, 10:02 PM
My thinking was straight 2m for the rig. I'd get a 7r handheld for quadband op to take hunting,fishing,hiking, etc. and round out my radio operations.

Hulk
07-24-2008, 10:11 PM
I have the 7800. The detachable faceplate is nice. If I had to do it again, I'd probably buy the 8800.

wesintl
07-24-2008, 10:15 PM
sell the 7800 to neil and get the 8800. You could just unplug the wires and let him have all the new wiring and you have the new unit.

nuclearlemon
07-24-2008, 10:15 PM
i have a crappy job, so i can only afford the ft2800. great radio, if inconvenient due to it's cb size (pick one or the other). antenna i found cheaper online.

nakman
07-25-2008, 08:59 AM
If you want to stay cheap then go with straight up 2m, like Wes' rig the 1802. 2800 also is great, but you may not be able to tell a difference on trail runs.

If you're thinking 7800, then the extra $$ of the 8800 is completely worth it. I've run dual band countless times.. heck just last Saturday morning prior to our groups meeting I was talking to Red Chili a mile behind me on simplex, while talking to Groucho 50 miles away through the Leadville repeater... also let's see Dave sold his 7800 to buy a 8800, Matt wishes he would have bought the 8800 instead of the 7800.. pretty easy to put 2 & 2 together.

DaveInDenver
07-25-2008, 10:04 AM
I did move the 7800 along and replaced with a 8800. I was not unhappy at all with the 7800, it's a fantastic radio for mobile use. Just dazzled with the glitz I guess. I'm still not 100% happy with the little controls on the 8800. Maybe in a Cadillac or 80 where you bounce around less, but it's something of a pain to deal with the small buttons and knobs unless my truck is loaded down. Such is the way with empty pickups, you are jostled around more. I'm not sure I would go with a 8800 next time to be honest, although the prices being as close as they are it's a hard decision.

nakman
07-25-2008, 10:09 AM
i have a crappy job, so i can only afford the ft2800. great radio, if inconvenient due to it's cb size (pick one or the other). antenna i found cheaper online.

Ige FWIW you were crisp & clear the whole time on the GTR. I really enjoyed your upgrade :D.

subzali
07-25-2008, 12:43 PM
I have the Yaesu FT-7800 (dual band transmitting) in my 40 with the homebuilt 2m-only antenna. I have the FT-60R handheld (dual band transmitting), and LOVE playing on 70cm to do some distance comparisons. So I'm torn because I love the homebuilt antenna but it limits my radio, which isn't smart. But I don't know if I can bring myself to put a 2m-only rig in the 40, because in an emergency I want to be able to hit as many frequencies as I can (even thinking about getting an aircraft frequency radio for some sort of severe emergency). I may put a 2m-only rig on my DD and use the antenna for that, just not sure if I would ever need 70cm around town, I'm guessing probably not. But I should probably put a dual-band capable antenna on my 40. Sigh.

If anyone wants a homemade 2m-only (transmitting) antenna, I have an extra that I will probably never use for this very reason.

Rock Dog
07-25-2008, 08:59 PM
since it is for the 80 i will look into the 8800 .... Still have not taken a test, but after the GTR i want one!

No..... I NEED ONE.... It's like a technology "fix" that i NEED !

wesintl
07-25-2008, 09:15 PM
you can buy, install and listen til you take the test and your call sign appears in the fcc database.

wesintl
08-02-2008, 10:14 PM
since it is for the 80 i will look into the 8800 .... Still have not taken a test, but after the GTR i want one!

No..... I NEED ONE.... It's like a technology "fix" that i NEED !

you should spring for the 8900 being a general ;)

Rock Dog
08-02-2008, 10:21 PM
you should spring for the 8900 being a general ;)

I did spring for the 8900 and got them to lock in the price on thurs. Really glad i did as the prices all went up today when i went to pick up an antenna...... the radio went up another $35 :eek:

Now deciding where to mount it is the next step in the process..
If i get it in by Monday, at least i will be able to practice listening in :D

When i told my bro i wanted to "ragchew" he laughed really hard. i guess it does sound funny....

Shark Bait
08-03-2008, 07:36 PM
I did spring for the 8900 and got them to lock in the price on thurs. Really glad i did as the prices all went up today when i went to pick up an antenna...... the radio went up another $35 :eek:

Now deciding where to mount it is the next step in the process..
If i get it in by Monday, at least i will be able to practice listening in :D

When i told my bro i wanted to "ragchew" he laughed really hard. i guess it does sound funny....

Neil, Did you get an HT yet? You might want one of these (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/showthread.php?t=6295). I use it with my VX-7R for the Monday night get together. I've still got extra twin lead, if you want some.

Rock Dog
08-04-2008, 01:12 AM
Hello Chris, no HT yet, just the 8900, quad band antenna, and mount... May ends up getting another smaller 2 meter antenna for the rougher trails as the quad band is not small. mounting it to the rear hatch similiar to yours, but may need to build a plactic cradle for it to sit in while folded so it does'nt beat itself against the window..

Now i think i may need to look into dual batteries for all the extra stuff i want. morphing towards the "uncle ben" style of functional pimpin....

Shark Bait
08-04-2008, 08:14 AM
morphing towards the "uncle ben" style of functional pimpin....

:eek:

DaveInDenver
08-04-2008, 08:25 AM
you should spring for the 8900 being a general ;)
The FT-8900 does 10m, which like Wes mentions is not available to tech licensees. But it only does 10m FM and that's a pretty big limitation, so I'm not sure how useful it really is. I mean a general will want to do AM on 10m for sure. Personally, I can't see it being worth the money and would probably do the FT-857D instead. But the bump in price from a 8800 to a 8900 is pretty small, so I guess having 6m and 10m FM might be worth it for $50.

wesintl
08-04-2008, 09:12 PM
ah yeah. I forgot about the mobiles in the HF list. Those are $. One of the reasons I went straight 2m for now. Work into this, see what I use, what I don't, understand things more then decide what I need. Then again Neil went straight for a loaded 80 with a supercharger. He doesn't mess around.

wesintl
08-05-2008, 03:40 PM
Speaking of which who here is going to upgrade to this?

http://denver.craigslist.org/ele/778457782.html