Originally Posted by CardinalFJ60
Seems like a decent price for the 8900. is this too much radio for a newbie with just Tech?
In a lot of senses, it is too much radio, but has two key features that I think make it worth the cost:
1. detachable face plate - makes it so that you can remote mount the big radio somewhere out of site, and put together a simple and clean install of just a 3x8 (guessing) face plate on your dash.
2. Dual monitoring feature - allows you to monitor two stations simultaneously. Very useful when monitoring simplex (146.460) as well as the repeater network (Colorado Connection) to find where the RS chatter is.
There are tons of other features in the radio, but for the simple HAM these are two nice and practical pieces.