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Old 02-20-2009, 05:28 PM
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I have an IC-V8000 in one of my cruisers. At 75 watts, it's advertised to be the most powerful 2 meter rig in its class. Due to the high power, the rig must be installed in an area where the ventilation is good because of the heat it generates on transmit. Also, the high power will, over time, destroy a 2 meter mobile antenna. I tend to keep my transmissions on the short side. You can read more about IC-V8000 concerns by visiting the K0BG web site.

On a positive note, during my commute this past Sunday, I was able to make radio contact with Barbara in New Mexico, using the Sierra Grande, NM repeater, all the way up to Pueblo on I-25 before the signals began breaking up to the point where communications became very difficult. That's a distance, as the crow flies, of about 125 miles on 2 meters! By the way, Barbara was on an HT, 5 watts, using a vertical antenna about 10 feet high.
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Old 03-03-2009, 09:31 AM
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Anybody familier with the Icom V8000? I'm thinking it would be a great 2m rig for Wildrice...
This one's on sale at HRO right now. $20 rebate plus $10 off coupon from HRO. Should be able to get it well under the $200 mark.
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:12 PM
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I just scored a V8000 for free from a coworker. still in the original box. Only thing he did was program it I guess! Man I am stoked!!
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:03 AM
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I just bought a FT-8800R and a Diamond NR-77OHB antenna for my FZJ80 from HRO. Where is the best place to mount the antenna? I don't mind drilling a hole in the roof.
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Old 03-15-2009, 09:49 AM
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I just bought a FT-8800R and a Diamond NR-77OHB antenna for my FZJ80 from HRO.
Nice combo, I like my 8800 well enough. If only Yaesu would put the guts of the 8800 into a package more similar to the 7800 in layout I think it would be hard to beat. The 8800 is an operate-by-braille radio, 'specially at night.
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Where is the best place to mount the antenna? I don't mind drilling a hole in the roof.
Yup. The main downside to the roof is that it makes the truck very tall and you have to watch drive-thrus and garages if the antenna does not flex well. But it really is the best place performance wise. But door edges and rain gutters are OK, height is key.
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:51 PM
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Thanks, The antenna does has a joint at the bottom that enables it to be folded down.

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