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Old 03-04-2008, 10:22 AM
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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.

FWIW I've been monitoring eBay for rigs (like I'm sure many others are now ) and am finding that used rigs are going for 75%+ of what a new rig will run . Not really any spectacular deals and time is short.

One suggestion - If any of you folks are looking at a rig on eBay and plan to bid on it, it might not be a bad idea to throw up a quick post in the members only section (or here) with the item # so the rest of us aren't bidding against each other - I tend to be a snipe bidder and so far all the rigs have exceeded what I'm willing to pay for a used rig way before the auction end but I'm watching. I would hate to snipe bid against another member.
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:37 AM
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I don't mind the additional cost of the 8800/8900 as much as I'd hate buying the 7800 and wishing I'd got more.

I know I want the following:

1. detachable/remote faceplate.
2. 2m/70cm

I think I want/need

1. dual tuners
2. Backlighting on controls

Beyond that its still all Greek to me.

If the 8800/8900 controls had the backlighting the decision would become easy, maybe?

Maybe I need to look at Kenwood and Icom too. Anyone have a recommendation there given my parameters above?
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Old 03-04-2008, 10:53 AM
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I don't mind the additional cost of the 8800/8900 as much as I'd hate buying the 7800 and wishing I'd got more.

I know I want the following:

1. detachable/remote faceplate.
2. 2m/70cm

I think I want/need

1. dual tuners
2. Backlighting on controls

Beyond that its still all Greek to me.

If the 8800/8900 controls had the backlighting the decision would become easy, maybe?

Maybe I need to look at Kenwood and Icom too. Anyone have a recommendation there given my parameters above?

I'm with you. The rigs aren't bank breakers per se but I don't want to buy a rig and within 6 months wish I had more. It will be at that moment, when I go to sell the old rig to buy a better one, that used rigs on eBay stop selling for nearly what a new one costs . I'm leaning toward the 8800 but the non backlit buttons bug me and that seems to be the most prominent complaint and a safety issue in a mobile rig.

Did you DL Hant's spreadsheet from this thread? Some pretty helpful information there that you could add to. He had some different requirements (like APRS) but it might give you a starting point.
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:12 AM
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Did you DL Hant's spreadsheet from this thread? Some pretty helpful information there that you could add to. He had some different requirements (like APRS) but it might give you a starting point.
I don't have excel at work, I'll have to look at that tonight at home.

With a brief look at Kenwood's website this one looks interesting:

Kenwood TM-V71A http://www.kenwoodusa.com/Communicat...obiles/TM-V71A
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Old 03-04-2008, 01:09 PM
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I'm with you. The rigs are bank breakers per se but I don't want to buy a rig and within 6 months wish I had more. It will be at that moment, when I go to sell the old rig to buy a better one, that used rigs on eBay stop selling for nearly what a new one costs . I'm leaning toward the 8800 but the non backlit buttons bug me and that seems to be the most prominent complaint and a safety issue in a mobile rig.

Did you DL Hant's spreadsheet from this thread? Some pretty helpful information there that you could add to. He had some different requirements (like APRS) but it might give you a starting point.

You quickly get used to no backlit buttons but I agree totally, I really wish I didn't have to have the dual LED map light lighting up the cockpit like the surface of the sun just to make some programming changes in the dark! Another issue with the dual bander is if you are on two active freqs even with the auto mute on it is annoying to listen to the freq your not listening too! It is as easy as a quick twist or couple button pushes to get the unwanted freq off station to quiet it down but there is sometimes that........
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:24 PM
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I'm getting real close to pulling the trigger on a Kenwood TM-V71A.

Just wish I could get a hold of someone who has one. I only found one MUD member with one. He sounded like he was pretty new to HAM too, and had not really played with it much yet. His only complaint was it didn't have the double controls like the Yaesu. That sounds like a very small price to pay in order to see in the dark.
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I'm getting real close to pulling the trigger on a Kenwood TM-V71A.

Just wish I could get a hold of someone who has one. I only found one MUD member with one. He sounded like he was pretty new to HAM too, and had not really played with it much yet. His only complaint was it didn't have the double controls like the Yaesu. That sounds like a very small price to pay in order to see in the dark.
There are ham on-line forums that might shed some light!
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:36 PM
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There are ham on-line forums that might shed some light!
I know, I just have not got to that level yet. Still trying to limit feedback to the 4 wheelers point of view?

Edit, searched eHAM forum. Didn't find much of any use.
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I know, I just have not got to that level yet. Still trying to limit feedback to the 4 wheelers point of view?
How similar is it to the rig that Hants has? Same rig, just with less features? Hants is the only member I know of that has a Kenwood. I've been bashing this around as well and having a radio that many others have is a big plus when it comes to questions. That is impacting my decision.

I'm seriously considering just getting a HT now for CM08 and waiting on my true mobile rig until I know more. I'm thinking a HT with a good external antenna will work just fine for the time being. Based on what we've seen so far with the demostrations at the HAM classes and knowing how far Chris H. can reach with his HT, it seems a good HT will do all I need it to do for now (communications along I70 to/from CM08 and on the trail at CM08).

I'm leaning toward the VX-7R in silver (Chris H. stated the person he talked to say for some reason the lettering stays on better than on the black ) from Ham City. Used ones, whether mobile rigs or HTs seem to be going for within $50 of new so I prefer new with warranty (unless you're lucky like UB and Romer ).

GL and post up what you end up going with
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Old 03-07-2008, 05:54 PM
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I PM'ed Hants, waiting for reply.

Another thing to consider before getting an HT for the time being. If you get the same brand HT/Mobile there are a few unique features from brand to brand. Kenwood had something I ran across while reading the owners manual but sorry I forgot what is was. But it will probably influence a Kenwood HT purchase if I end up with the Kenwood mobile.
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