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Unread 07-20-2013, 05:56 PM   #1
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Ham guys looking for input on a new radio

Currently I have an ft2900 2m in my KJ, but am in need of a dual band dual receive radio. Right now I'm considering the V71A and 8800. Not sure I need or want to fork over the dough for a 2820 or 710 at this time. Anyone with experience with these models or similar, feel free to chime in, likes and dislikes, etc.

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Unread 07-20-2013, 08:28 PM   #2
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I have the 8800 in my WK. It does everything a dual band should do.

I put the radio body behind the rear trim panels, in the place where the satellite radio used to be.
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Unread 07-20-2013, 11:56 PM   #3
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I also have the 8800 but in a TJ. I have had it for a couple of years with no issues.
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Unread 07-24-2013, 08:51 PM   #4
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i have a D700, predates the 710. Great dual band plus APRS built in without the need or another antenna. Nice!
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Unread 07-29-2013, 10:55 PM   #5
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Have the FT-8900 'cus I wanted 10 meter too. (10m is FM only, but that's OK -- when 10m is open it's cool, hit repeaters in Australia last solar cycle.)

IMO - any Yaesu mobile top of line equipment. Everyone has there fav brand, though.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 07:11 AM   #6
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I went ahead and threw down the money for the D710. We lost the 10m repeaters we did have out here, and that leaves 6m. Liked how the D710 is designed around aprs, and its pretty much plug and play. Picking it up next Saturday, had to order it. Next project, eventually may be HF.
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Unread 07-30-2013, 05:45 PM   #7
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Yaesu ft-857d on the dashboard. Dual band (VHF/UHF) antenna mounted fix. For HF: am-stick in a PVC tube on the tire carrier, mounted when in parking on the front hood. I am still surprised the yaesu resist well to the dust!
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Unread 08-01-2013, 02:19 PM   #8
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Icom 208h If you need something really small. The detachable head is about 2" tall x 5 wide x 3/4 deep. BUT mike is attached to main body.
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Unread 08-07-2013, 09:39 PM   #9
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i've used the 8800 with flawless success for years over very harsh trail and wx conditions. Has my vote. then get a FT60 for a dynamic-duo combo!
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Unread 08-09-2013, 02:50 PM   #10
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I have an FT-8900 in the Durango and have a FT-60 and RARECJ8 you're right they are a great duo. As you said earlier they do suck on batteries when cross-banding!
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Unread 08-09-2013, 03:47 PM   #11
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89YJ, know DC Customs? CLO can't be that big...
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Unread 08-09-2013, 04:09 PM   #12
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Can't say that I do. I am actually not in the town proper. I live out behind it by several miles. I only go to town a few times a month so I don't get to meet a lot of folks. I'll look them up though.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 10:46 AM   #13
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I also have an FT60 handheld that I've used the heck out of for ares events. I have a headset for it that I used for the pikes peak hill climb, which made life a lot easier. For the price, it's a pretty good radio. It isn't dual receive, but it is dual band and compared to other hand helds, its not the worst to operate. I bought the cable adapter to use a mag mount antenna with it when the need arises, and the AA battery conversion.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 03:23 PM   #14
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My wife has the VX-6 and it is a big pain to program. The FT-60 is way easier to work with and the 1.25m that the VX-6 has we never use. I have the patch cable to hook up to my uhf/vhf aerial as a back up.
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Unread 08-10-2013, 03:39 PM   #15
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jchou:

Nice setup! I would love to do the same thing. How do you like the 857? I haven't talked to anyone who has had one. I had been thinking of the 897 for camp but after seeing your install of the 857 I like it. You can't use a Tar-heel or other screwdrivers on a 4x4 they get tore up.
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