post #1 of Old 06-04-2008, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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ICOM V8000

The ICOM V8000 is a powerful 2 meter radio (output 75 watts). It has a built in fan and the chassis is a heatsink. Great for the desert. More power than a CB, but you must have an FCC license to transmit on it.

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post #2 of Old 06-04-2008, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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ICOM V8000

The V8000 is a great radio, with plenty of power and cooling for the west desert. With 75 watts of power hitting a repeater is a lock.
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post #3 of Old 06-22-2008, 11:15 AM
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ICOM V8000

A very good high-power (75 watts) 2m transceiver. It takes some reading and study of the manual to program it for repeaters but that's true for just about any radio for repeater use. Its front-firing speaker puts out plenty of volume so for a noisy Jeep, it's a better choice for that reason than some other 2m radios.
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ICOM V8000

Love this radio, hate the manual (not set up in English thinking, seems to be a "verbatim" translation from the original language)
Don't like the location of the Volume and Squelch..Both should be switched..
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Good DX'er rig.
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Got this radio when it first came out and was very impressed with it. A no nonsense easy to use radio that gets you going fast but also includes advanced features to keep you happy. The memory banks help to keep everything organized so you can have scanner freqs and Ham freqs separate. High power output is good but just remember not many radios have 75W going out so they might hear you but you can't hear them. Overall a good buy. Not sure how it stacks up against the stuff today but been happy so far. Front firing speaker is a big bonus since I have it wedged in between my seat and console. Programming was pretty easy after running through it with the manual a couple of times. Have a few other Icoms so the programming is about the same on all of them. Weather channels are nice to have all set in a separate pre programmed bank.

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post #7 of Old 12-03-2011, 11:46 AM
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It's an amazing 2-meter radio.
Always reliable, with 75 watts I can punch out anywhere.
Never had a problem, just wish it was a dual band.
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none review still in progress
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