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daveIT 06-12-2011 06:46 PM

First 2m Radio & Antenna Question
So, I think I'm set on picking up a Yaesu FT-2900R for my first radio. There is a decent rebate out until the end of June and I can get it for about $150. Anything better I should look at for this same price?

Anyway, I was wondering what is a good antenna to pickup with this setup? I'll be mounting it in my 84 FJ60.

wesintl 06-12-2011 07:08 PM

the 2900 is nice. big power with 75 w. It's a larger radio with heat sink.

If you need a smaller radio due to mounting location the 1900 is nice.

The Larsen NMO-150 is probably the standard in 5/8 wave.

MDH33 06-12-2011 08:16 PM

I recently put a Yaesu FT2900R in my 40 along with a Comet SBB 25 2M antenna. I have been very happy with it.

nuclearlemon 06-12-2011 10:05 PM

i've had great results with my 2900 and a hipow nmo antenna from hamstick on my pig. lots of ham folks have said i have great clear transmission and i get the same of receive. excellent low cost setup

Hulk 06-12-2011 10:41 PM

The only issue with it is the size. If you have a place to mount it, it's a killer radio. I have a 2800 (older model) in my family room as a base station and it works great.

daveIT 06-13-2011 09:51 PM

Thanks for the info...I figured if I had a radio sitting next to me I would have more incentive to study, so I ordered a FT-2900R from hamcity ($149.95). I'll get an antenna and mount next paycheck.

daveIT 06-14-2011 08:06 PM

Still studying...the FT-2900R was shipped today, so I'm picking up the pace! Looking at antenna/mount options now. I'm looking to stay around $100 for antenna and mount.

Is NMO the way to go? I see most antennas have both options. I'm not going to drill any holes in my roof or anything, so I'd need a mag mount or something to mount to bumpers. I'd prefer hard mounting to the bumper.

For my CB, I have a Firestik mag mount with my 4" and a spring, but it doesn't quite fit right on top of my FJ60 since it has those raised sections. I'm probably going to have to figure something else out for that. I'd like to take it out, but I have buddies that use them...

farnhamstj 06-14-2011 09:23 PM

If I were to do it over i would get this mount http://www.gamiviti.com/html/product...nnamounts.html

wesintl 06-14-2011 09:35 PM

I like these little guys. I use them on my ARB


nakman 06-14-2011 10:25 PM


Originally Posted by farnhamstj (Post 185274)
If I were to do it over i would get this mount http://www.gamiviti.com/html/product...nnamounts.html

Oh yeah sure you would! :D

but FWIW, those WILL fit a 60 series, and they work well with both NMO and the normal (SO-239) mounts. I prefer the 239 myself, but for no other reason than to standardize between both trucks and all my radios, want to have full interchangeability.

p.s. those fit 100's too Farnham. :thumb:

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