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Old 05-07-2009, 04:03 PM
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I mounted mine in the same place but w/o the cradle. Makes the front face sit more flush to the vertical part of the tranny hump. I mounted it with industrial strength velcro.
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Old 05-07-2009, 04:18 PM
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Thanks for the pics Tim

Matt's is setup real similar to yours only shifted to the right and I don't believe he used the mounting bracket so it sits flush to the console.

Just out of curiousity I shot off an email to Yaesu about whether they ever plan to backlight the buttons on the FT-8800 and the answer I received back was "I have not heard of any plans to change the FT-8800".

The price difference is significant between the Kenwood and Yaesu only if you start throwing in the separation kits for the panel and the microphone. Those alone raise the price quite a bit. I know that you can probably make your own extensions so that may no be as big of an issue but that is one of the attractions of the FT-8800 for me because I have GCs for Ham City (I know, bad that I'm not buying local ) and the FT-8800 comes with the separation kit for $340...Throw in $10-$15 for S&H and I'm done.

With the Kenwood it would be $360 for the rig, $42 for the separation kit, $65 for the extension cables, and $36 for the programming cable...$502.80 plus about $10-$15 for S&H.

I think I'm going to have to learn how to use the FT-8800 in the dark, or come up with a small LED with diffused lighting that I can mount above the panel that will come on with my lights and light up the panel


One side note on the dual band discussion. I love the capability on my HT but I've found that I get confused about which "side" I'm hearing the discussion on. Like when I'm listening to the repeater and .460 and hear a call. If I don't look quick I miss which freq the call was on...Probably would be easier with the FT-8800 panel mounted vs. having the HT just sitting on the console to see which is which. I also noticed on the runs with the CB and Ham on it was hard to discern whether the person was talking on the Ham or the CB if I couldn't look (which sometimes you can when you are wheeling ). Part of that is probably due to the proximity of the CB speaker (on the unit) and the HT speaker (in the mic) to each other.

edit: I need to learn to type shorter responses...I started this before Matt posted up
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We borrowed UB's VX-7r for moab and I really liked the ability to have two channels monitoring at once,, something I miss having with my IC-V8000. It was nice when on the road to monitor the repeater of choice and still leave the same radio on 146.460. At some point i'll have a radio capable of monitoring two channels just because it cuts down the time I spend fooling with it while on the road.

BTW, Kevin, I'll get the radio back to yo unext week, thanks for letting us borrow it!
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We borrowed UB's VX-7r for moab and I really liked the ability to have two channels monitoring at once,, something I miss having with my IC-V8000. It was nice when on the road to monitor the repeater of choice and still leave the same radio on 146.460. At some point i'll have a radio capable of monitoring two channels just because it cuts down the time I spend fooling with it while on the road.

BTW, Kevin, I'll get the radio back to yo unext week, thanks for letting us borrow it!
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So Tim...Have you come to any conclusions?
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Old 05-16-2009, 09:51 PM
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I think I'm going with the FT-8800 again. But I'm going to go HRO to play with them first, and see what I think of the Kenwood, then bottom line see what the out the door price is on each setup. Want to go? will likely do next Saturday morning, I'll start a separate thread for that...
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Old 05-23-2009, 11:21 PM
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I think I'm going with the FT-8800 again. But I'm going to go HRO to play with them first, and see what I think of the Kenwood, then bottom line see what the out the door price is on each setup. Want to go? will likely do next Saturday morning, I'll start a separate thread for that...

FT-8800 it is...I noticed something on the Alinco, or maybe it was the Icom, rig that Yaesu should SERIOUSLY consider doing. I don't recall if the rig has lit up buttons but right above the buttons on the screen is an indicator of what the button's function below is. Might require the face of the FT-8800 to be redesigned a bit but I think if they are not going to light up the buttons then they could borrow this trick to aid users in night ops
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anyone have the kenwood 710? hants?
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I don't have it but would buy it if I wanted a dual band rig with APRS. I ended up going with the 857d for the HF and the ability to bring it in the house and use it as a base station.
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