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Old 03-03-2009, 07:57 AM
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So I am looking through the HRO catalog and there are TONS of HT's for sale... Any particular recomendations? I'd like to get something we can use in the back country while hiking (water resistant) and also have something Allison can use in her car while we are travelling in the vehicles separately(car adapter). Even if I narrow it down to the Yaesu's (seems like folks like the brand) there are more than a few to choose from.
What do people like?
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Old 03-03-2009, 08:08 AM
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While I have no experience with the VX series, I'm on my 3rd Yaesu HT in 15 years. First was an FT-530, then an FT-50 and now an FT-60. With a Comet high-gain SMA antenna on the FT-60, I can use the local-to-Boulder repeaters all day long on 4 AAs using low power. Nice, rugged little rig.

I have an old Standard C156A 2m-only rig (from before Yaesu and Standard merged into VertexStandard) that you could test drive...indefinitely. I can't find the manual for it and have searched online for years. But it's a great radio.
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If you want to give everyone HT envy, buy the Yaesu VX-8R. There's a ton of us who bought the VX-7R over the last few years, and the 8 is the latest and greatest.

I hear good things about the VX-3R as well, and it's apparently very small.

If you buy Yaesu, someone in the club can help you program it with all the CO repeaters.
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If you want to give everyone HT envy, buy the Yaesu VX-8R. There's a ton of us who bought the VX-7R over the last few years, and the 8 is the latest and greatest.

I hear good things about the VX-3R as well, and it's apparently very small.

If you buy Yaesu, someone in the club can help you program it with all the CO repeaters.
WERD! I want an 8r bad but I never use my 7r so pretty hard to justify the money these days!
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I hear good things about the VX-3R as well, and it's apparently very small.
The VX-3R is nifty, although it's really small. It's also quite a bit lower in power (max I think is 1.5W TX). But since it's battery is about 1/2 the size of the VX-7R and VX-8R radios, that's probably OK. I get about 1 hour, give or take, at full power on the stock 11W-hr battery in the VX-7R, so trying to do 5W with a 4W-hr battery would drain it fast. On RX with very intermittent TX the VX-7R will last a weekend backpacking. Nakman, Bruce and I had our HTs (all VX-7R I think) up at the hut in December and none of them went dead. Although we didn't tax them heavily, a few calls and a lot of commercial radio listening.
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Thanks for all the input guys!! UB I think I'll take you up on your offer when we get our call signs and can actually start playing!!

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Sweet Jesus!!! A HAM guy here at work GAVE me a Icom IC-V8000 tranceiver!! how sweet is that? looks like it is a pretty nice radio!

just wanted to share the joy! This may make the purchase of one of those nice VX-7R's justifiable!!
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Wow, very nice! Now you have a mobile rig for your Cruiser!
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Sweet Jesus!!! A HAM guy here at work GAVE me a Icom IC-V8000 tranceiver!! how sweet is that? looks like it is a pretty nice radio!

just wanted to share the joy! This may make the purchase of one of those nice VX-7R's justifiable!!

Dang! that's pretty lucky. I'm considering that radio for my 40. It's about $200 new.
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