Say goodbye to cheapo Chinese VHF/UHF handhelds?

smlobx

Adventurist
#22
Are you looking for a mobile or handheld (HT)?

I'm partial to Yaesu products, but any of the "Big 3" will work just great. (Kenwood, Yaesu, ICOM)

Handheld: FT-60

Mobile: FT-1900

I found my FT-1900 available with an online coupon at Ham Radio Outlet for $135.

For mobile antenna companies I've had success with both Comet and Diamond antennas...any of their 2 meter or dual band antennas would be great for adventure comms. Mounting preference is user specific, but a nice magnetic mounted antenna is a great first time choice, easy to mount and harder to steal if you pull and store each time.

Comet: Comet M-24M

Diamond Antenna: Diamond MR-77S

If you're looking for the inexpensive Chinese units mentioned above, Baoefeng seems to be the radio-du-jour...

Baofeng: Baofeng UV-5R

Lots of choices for all budgets...73's and I am QRT. ;)



Maybe an "E-Tech" class??

Thanks GeoYota.
We use daily the Baofeng on our trip in Botswana and they worked pretty well with a magnetic antenna mounted to the roof of our Land Cruiser but I think I'd like to install something better like the FT-1900 you mentioned.
 
#23
Thanks GeoYota.
We use daily the Baofeng on our trip in Botswana and they worked pretty well with a magnetic antenna mounted to the roof of our Land Cruiser but I think I'd like to install something better like the FT-1900 you mentioned.
A good hard mounted mobile rig with an appropriate and correctly mounted antenna will make you never want to go back to using a handheld in a vehicle again.
 
#27
Duh... this is why they make extension cords, silly. :D
How come I just had a flashback to childhood and the corded phone in the kitchen being stretched and wrapped around the house? Then again, a spool of com wire has lots of uses and could be brought into play here too.
 

TangoBlue

Adventurist
Senior Staff
Founding Member
#28
^^^ :rofl

Yeah, I remember that kitchen wall phone with the coiled handset cord all stretched out with a series of tangled wads going its length.

:lol
 

smlobx

Adventurist
#29
A good hard mounted mobile rig with an appropriate and correctly mounted antenna will make you never want to go back to using a handheld in a vehicle again.
I think I would need someone with experience to do the install...now to find someone....
 
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How come I just had a flashback to childhood and the corded phone in the kitchen being stretched and wrapped around the house? Then again, a spool of com wire has lots of uses and could be brought into play here too.
That would be awesome, 100ft away from your vehicle...
 
#32
After reading the article, " One hundred dollar Ham", I jumped in and bought a Beofeng last month. Passed my Technician test today. Should have my call sign in a week or so. I've been putting it off for years. This article changed my mind.

That's awesome, congrats on passing your test. Now the fun really begins!
 

Robert

Adventurist
#35
I picked up a copy of The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual a while back, I guess I really ought to look at it and get my license. One of my uncle's has been into HAM radios longer than I've been alive and every time I see him he asks when I'm going to get a radio.
 

Butch

Adventurist
#36
Getting your Technician license is not hard. I put it off for years. I have had frs, gmrs, and still have a CB. None really foot the bill. I studied the book and took practice tests. A local club had a weekend course so I signed up. Really don’t know why I waited so many years. Good luck.
 
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