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Old 04-05-2011, 10:04 AM
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Deal Killer for me too...
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Hey I think I know that answer... it means you can't rock out to two VHF frequencies at the same time, or two UHF frequencies.. has to be one of each. That would be a deal killer for me, I'm always on 2 2m channels (VHF) on the 8800, usually one repeater one simplex, but in Moab two simplex. If that were the case with the Icom, I'd pass..

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I dunno about it being a deal breaker, but you are correct that the IC-2800H is not dual band, dual tune in the same way as a FT-8800. It is like a FT-7800 that allows you to see and use both VHF and UHF at the same time. It's literally two radios, one is a 2m and the other a 70cm, in a single case. This limitation is probably why the IC-2800 was replaced very soon after with the IC-2820, which does V/V (and is $600).

Compared to a single VFO, dual band radio like a FT-7900 the display is /much/ nicer. And since it has this ugly duckling reputation (ICOM only sold it for a year or two) I'm willing to bet he'd take less than $250, which when you think about it isn't a bad price. A new FT-7900 is $275, a new TM-V71 is $350, IC-208 is $350. These are all 2m and 70cm radios, but you can only select one band OR the other for display and TX. So even if you never, ever use the 70cm side it's still potentially cheaper, but at least you could hear FRS without impacting the main VHF side, something that the FT-7900 et al could not do.

FWIW, many repeaters here in Denver have both a 2m and a 70cm input option...

As comparison, the cheapest way to do dual VFO, dual band is the DR-635 at $400, the FT-8800 is at $425, the TM-D710 is $550. I guess you have to decide if you really need V/V and if so, then the IC-2800 does not work. Otherwise, if you are looking for a dual band radio but don't need the dual flexible VFO (it does have two VFOs, just that they are not both VHF and UHF capable), then this might be among the best ever offered.

EDIT: Here's a used dual band V/V radio, which is $125 higher asking than the Icom. It also has the TNC for APRS built-in.

Kenwood TM-D700A dual band ham radio - $375 (Franktown)
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2-METER VHF AMATEUR RADIO - $150 (BRIGHTON, CO)

HAVE RARELY USED 2-METER, ICON IC-V8000 RADIO, WILL SALE FOR $150.00 DOLLARS OR TRADE FOR SOME THING OF EQUAL VALUE, I ALSO HAVE ANOTHER IDENTICAL RADIO WILL CONSIDER SALE OR TRADING.
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Old 04-07-2011, 09:08 AM
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Keep your eyes on the Indianapolis CL, (Cincinnati also). I work in Indy Mon-Thur every week...would be happy to check stuff out, or pick it up and deliver it...
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2-METER VHF AMATEUR RADIO - $150 (BRIGHTON, CO)

HAVE RARELY USED 2-METER, ICON IC-V8000 RADIO, WILL SALE FOR $150.00 DOLLARS OR TRADE FOR SOME THING OF EQUAL VALUE, I ALSO HAVE ANOTHER IDENTICAL RADIO WILL CONSIDER SALE OR TRADING.
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That's the rig I've been running for a few years now. I have liked it a lot.

Chris Davis also has it.


Not a bad deal for a nice solid 75W 2-M radio..
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Not CL but...

I was at Ham Radio Outlet today and they have a used Yaesu VX-7R in the original box for $214.

I almost snagged it, but I opted for a new FT-2900R and a big 2M antenna instead.
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Nice work Martin..... I'm jealous of the new HAM gear.
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A new FT-7900 is $275, a new TM-V71 is $350, IC-208 is $350. These are all 2m and 70cm radios, but you can only select one band OR the other for display and TX. So even if you never, ever use the 70cm side it's still potentially cheaper, but at least you could hear FRS without impacting the main VHF side, something that the FT-7900 et al could not do.

FWIW, many repeaters here in Denver have both a 2m and a 70cm input option...

As comparison, the cheapest way to do dual VFO, dual band is the DR-635 at $400, the FT-8800 is at $425, the TM-D710 is $550. I guess you have to decide if you really need V/V and if so, then the IC-2800 does not work. Otherwise, if you are looking for a dual band radio but don't need the dual flexible VFO (it does have two VFOs, just that they are not both VHF and UHF capable), then this might be among the best ever offered.

EDIT: Here's a used dual band V/V radio, which is $125 higher asking than the Icom. It also has the TNC for APRS built-in.

Kenwood TM-D700A dual band ham radio - $375 (Franktown)
The TM-V71A and TM-D710 are the same radio with different displays. You can buy the RC-D710 head and convert a TM-V71A into a TM-D710. That said, the TM-V71A is still capable of VHF/VHF, VHF/UHF, or UHF/UHF simultaneously. It will also do cross band repeat from VFO-A to VFO-B when they're on different bands. The only thing you gain with the D710 is the TNC in the head to do APRS really easily.
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The TM-V71A and TM-D710 are the same radio with different displays. You can buy the RC-D710 head and convert a TM-V71A into a TM-D710. That said, the TM-V71A is still capable of VHF/VHF, VHF/UHF, or UHF/UHF simultaneously. It will also do cross band repeat from VFO-A to VFO-B when they're on different bands. The only thing you gain with the D710 is the TNC in the head to do APRS really easily.
You are correct, that is my mistake. The TM-V71A is a dual band, dual VFO like the FT-8800.

What I don't see is how there is a market for the RC-D710.

TM-D710A is $550
TM-V71A is $375
RC-D710 is $350

So it costs $175 more to adapt a TM-V71A using the RC-D710 than to just buy a TM-D710. If you did already have a TM-V71, it would be much cheaper to just TinyTrak which gets you the TNC as well as the GPS for $130.
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You are correct, that is my mistake. The TM-V71A is a dual band, dual VFO like the FT-8800.

What I don't see is how there is a market for the RC-D710.

TM-D710A is $550
TM-V71A is $375
RC-D710 is $350

So it costs $175 more to adapt a TM-V71A using the RC-D710 than to just buy a TM-D710. If you did already have a TM-V71, it would be much cheaper to just TinyTrak which gets you the TNC as well as the GPS for $130.
Yeah. I'm not really sure what Kenwood was thinking on that one...

I really like the display on the 710, but that's not nearly enough reason to make me want to shell out $350 to convert my 71. Not to mention it wouldn't fit where I have the head mounted at the moment.
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