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Old 11-13-2010, 03:45 PM
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Little Tarheel II mobile HF ham radio antenna and Mount - $350 (Franktown)

Little Tarheel II mobile HF screwdriver ham radio antenna, black. Good condition, comes with antenna, MT-1 stainless mount and control cable. You will need to add an appropriate up/down switch and the whip of your choice.

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Old 11-13-2010, 03:50 PM
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Paging rhyary! Wire me $800 and I'd be sure to work it through its paces, just to be helpful, dontcha know.

The ICOM IC-746 is a really, really awesome all mode (CW, AM, FM, SSB, packet) 160m-6m & 2m radio (40W on AM, 100W all other modes). This radio would blow away a FT-897 and is $100 less than a new one of those. Give up battery options (no biggie) and UHF to it, but generation newer DSP and probably an order better receiver.

If I had $800 I'd be all over this one, that's pretty close to 1/2 of its new price. In fact, if someone wanted to buy my refreshed Alinco DX-70T(H) and FT-8800R for $800... :-)

ICOM Ham Radio Transceiver - $799 (Golden, Co)

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http://www.icomamerica.com/en/produc...o/default.aspx

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/0074.html

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Yaesu FT-8900R Quad Band Transciever - $369 (Denver)

Yaesu FT-8900R
QUADBAND 29/50/144/430 VHF/UHF FULL DUPLEX HAM radio.
YSK-8900 separation Kit included. All boxes and manuals included. In Excellent condition.
50 Watts of power output on the 29/50/144 MHz Amateur bands, and 35 Watts on the 430 MHz band. Over 800 memory channels.
Frequency coverage 28-29.7 MHz, 50-54 MHz, 108-180 MHz, 300-480 MHz, and 700-985 MHz (cellular frequencies are blocked).
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Alinco DJ-X10 Radio - $125 (Elizabeth)

I have a Alinco DJ-X10 reciver. The unit is in great condition. Need to clean the shack.
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Seems like a decent price for the 8900. is this too much radio for a newbie with just Tech?
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Old 11-18-2010, 07:11 AM
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Seems like a decent price for the 8900. is this too much radio for a newbie with just Tech?
Not at all, you have full privileges on 6m, 2m and 70cm, and you have a really tiny slice of voice spectrum on 10 meters now that the code requirement is dropped. Since this is an FM only radio, you can use it to its fullest, iirc. I used to have one. The 6 presets and dual in-band receive are really useful features. And I think the mic plugs into the remote head unit for super easy hiding of the radio body. If you need a custom length remote cable I still have the crimper. The cable and ends are cheap at Radio Shack.
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BTW, a few companies sell a quad band mobile antenna for the FT8900. I had the Diamond version and it is a beast. I broke it on a tree branch because it had no give. If you want to transmit on 10m/6m on this radio, I suggest running two antennas and a switch.
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I just emailed the seller, we'll see what happens.
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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.
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Seems like a decent price for the 8900. is this too much radio for a newbie with just Tech?
John hit the high points, so I'll add a couple of things.

I think the FT-8900 is a bit of an enigma. Being FM-only for TX is somewhat limiting, having SSB would I think make it much more flexible. The antenna selection is a problem for OHV use, there is just nothing available in an all-in-one option that is gonna last on our trucks. Like John mentions, a duplexer and two antennas is an option or running an NMO mount would make swapping easier. There are a couple 6/2/70 choices and then you can just add a trimmed CB antenna for 10m.

OTOH, the FT-8900 is in most ways otherwise the same as the FT-8800, which is a great radio. Having the option of 6m and 10m is neat and extra options are good. This is normally about a $450+ radio and at this price it's less than the FT-8800 and almost down to a new FT-7900 price. So from that aspect you are getting a lot more radio for your money and even if you never use the features and just run a 2m/70cm antenna on it all the time, you haven't lost anything.

Truth is (I think) most people will never use 10m and 6m FM, though with the solar cycle rising it would be fun (I think) to test propagation and suddenly get into a 10m or 6m repeater in SoCal or Texas...
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