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Old 03-03-2008, 10:48 PM
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Is anyone using D-Star in Rising Sun? Brian and I discussed this a little tonight at the Ham test. I am really torn between the TM-D710A and just getting a Yaesu 7800 or 8800. However, I also know that I am a techie by nature and will eventually want to do APRS/D-Star/Echolink etc. In the future I cold put the 7800/8800 at home (my wife will get licensed) and I can get a more sophisticated radio in my '40.

I prefer the price of the 7800/8800, but realize I am likely to become a HAM hobbyist. Is anyone else this conflicted?
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I prefer the price of the 7800/8800, but realize I am likely to become a HAM hobbyist. Is anyone else this conflicted?
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I have an FT-8800 in my FZJ80 and an FT-2800 for my FJ40.
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Old 03-03-2008, 11:53 PM
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Is anyone using D-Star in Rising Sun? Brian and I discussed this a little tonight at the Ham test. I am really torn between the TM-D710A and just getting a Yaesu 7800 or 8800. However, I also know that I am a techie by nature and will eventually want to do APRS/D-Star/Echolink etc. In the future I cold put the 7800/8800 at home (my wife will get licensed) and I can get a more sophisticated radio in my '40.

I prefer the price of the 7800/8800, but realize I am likely to become a HAM hobbyist. Is anyone else this conflicted?

Forgot to mention. Icom rigs w/ D-Star will do APRS. Kenwood rigs w/ APRS won't do D-Star with out additional external add-ons

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Old 03-04-2008, 12:58 AM
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I don't think I could be more confused about what radio to purchase.

I hate buying something twice. But in reality, until I actually start using a HAM(passed the tech exam tonight) I don't think there is any way to really know what I want.

How often to those who have the ability do you use the dual tuner feature of the 8800 or 8900?
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Any 2M radio will get you started. If you don't need to have a separate faceplate, the FT-2800M is a great radio. $134. Get it here.



If you want the removable faceplate, so that you can mount most of the unit somewhere in back, then the FT-7800R is an excellent choice. $235. Get it here.

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Old 03-04-2008, 07:41 AM
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I don't think I could be more confused about what radio to purchase.

I hate buying something twice. But in reality, until I actually start using a HAM(passed the tech exam tonight) I don't think there is any way to really know what I want.

How often to those who have the ability do you use the dual tuner feature of the 8800 or 8900?
Corbet,

I know how you feel. I found my FT-8800 on eBay, which helped on the price a little. I enjoy the dual band feature.

When we were in Ouray last year I could monitor two different frequencies at the same time, and switching between the two was a one button activity. Like Dave said previously, you could tune one receiver to your favorite channel and scan on the other one.

As Matt just pointed out, the 7800/8800/8900 have a detachable face plate which can be nice in the 80 where you have limited space. My face plate is mounted on the console behind the shifter and the radio is mounted on the side of the arm rest and the drivers seat.

If you don't care about the extra features then something like the FT-2800 is a great choice and less money. I found one on Craigslist locally for $100. It's going in my FJ40.

Hope that helps. Here are some pictures of Nakman's setup.
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...which can be nice in the 80 where you have limited space.
Good one Chris!

For me the difference that made me want to go with the 7800 over the 1802 or the 2800 was that it has 2m and 70cm capability, where the other two are 2m only. If I'm wrong someone please correct me For me, the extra features of the 8800/8900 aren't really worth it for now. Plus I'm planning on getting an HT too so I'm spending quite a bit of $$ as it is.
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Good one Chris!
Well, if you want to mount your radio where I did there are not a whole lot of great choices unless you can detach the face plate. :flipoff2:
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Old 03-04-2008, 08:35 AM
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I know I'm just joshing ya! 80s have more storage space than 40s but sometimes 40s seem to be easier to modify to make room to put radios and stuff like that!
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