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Old 04-17-2007, 12:55 AM
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Hey, how often are you guys using 70cm, anyway? Any? Is there any reason to get the 7800 over the 2800 if you're not using UHF? The 2800 gives you 65 watts instead of 50 watts, too.
To be honest the only reason I bought a dual band was for the remote mount head unit. I installed it with a 2meter only ant. I recently got a dual band antenna and it has opened up a whole new world. 70cm seems every bit effective as 2meters is around town. There are enough ops on 70 to keep things from getting boring yet it's not as crowed as 2meters esp. at rush hour.

I can definitely see the utility of 70 in the back country for short haul QSOs.

The difference between 50 and 65 watts is negligible, on paper anyway. I have no 1st hand to ofter here, may be Nathaniel or Dave can explain it better. I seem to recall a rule of thumb that to double your range you need to quadruple your power. So if 50 watts gets you 50 miles you need 200 watts to get 100 miles.
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Old 04-17-2007, 12:58 AM
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Brian, what radio are you using? The Kenwood TM-G707A?
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:05 AM
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Anybody use Icom gear? The IC-V8000 2M Mobile radio is pretty highly rated over at eham.net.

Big props to Eric Vogt for all the links.
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:18 AM
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Yep Kenwood g707a. I like it a lot. Dual band but not a dual deck like Tim and Chris's, but its nothing to toggle between 2 freqs or the 2 bands with the touch of a button.

1 of the reasons I went for it is the buttons (all 4 of them) are back lit

I considered the V8000 and I still might get one to use as a base. The thing that stopped me is, they get exceedingly HOT. I figured since it's DIN height and 1" less than DIN width I could put it under the stereo. I was warned about the heat situation and the lack of air cirulation in the dash.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:40 AM
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I've heard only good about the Icoms, and in fact they're all most likely going to be great. The thing though that clinched it for me with the 8800 is the fact that Chris got one. Not to copy, but for mutual tech support reasons.. if you get a 7800 then you know you can always ask Ken, Bruce, Dan, or Nathaniel (via CM trailer) how to work the thing, or if you get a 8800 you can always ask Chris or me, etc. But if you get an Icom you may be on your own for a while. For the same reasons it would never be a bad idea to get the same radio Brian has, you know he knows how to work the thing. just a thought, that's all... I'm sure the learning stage is only temporary.
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Old 04-17-2007, 08:53 AM
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Anybody use Icom gear? The IC-V8000 2M Mobile radio is pretty highly rated over at eham.net.
Bruce Miller uses that one in the Prado.
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Old 04-17-2007, 09:08 AM
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The 707As are on sale right now at aesham.com A link I can't believe I forgot in my list. I can't believe I forgot them.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:29 AM
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I can see getting into this hobby. Just what I needed: another spendy hobby.
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I can see getting into this hobby. Just what I needed: another spendy hobby.
My wife hates HAM stuff. She thinks I'm going to turn into an old man and lock myself in a corner room spending all my time trying to contact strangers just to see how far I can get with the radiation causing me to lose more of my memory. And honestly, when I joined the HAM club her stereotype really was accurate. I was young enough to be the grandson of almost every member. And they were all excited about DX contesting and making foreign contacts. I'm limiting myself to only having HAM stuff in the Cruiser. I think I'm almost done spending. The Antenna and APRS stuff will be all that I need.
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Old 04-17-2007, 11:55 AM
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My wife hates HAM stuff...
remember that VW ad where the guy gets his wife out of the house to show her how he can make all the windows go down with the key? that happened to me last night.. I got her out in the driveway so she could see how cool it was to talk across town to all the other hams in the club... totally unimpressed.
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