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  • SandHillsHillbilly
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    Nice do all radio, but way too many functions to remember all of them in a stressed SHTF. Would need cheat sheets for that one. I am use to using my old dependable standy FT-530. That thing is solid as a brick. I have enough radios and hardware I can always set something up for APRS or packet on VHF or UHF.

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  • Zombie Axe
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    Thanks for noticing VI!!!:)

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  • Vicious Ignernt
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    Originally posted by Zombie Axe View Post
    "DC to Daylight"
    pssst...ZA...your "inner geek" is showin'...;)

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  • Zombie Axe
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    Originally posted by RossA View Post
    So is this basically a hand held ham radio? Need a license for it? Most of the terminology went right over my head.
    What Diesel said :)

    http://www.xcolony.com/x/showthread.php?t=235
    Take a look @ this thread for info on how to get started. A lot of this stuff will look complicated until you read a great licensing manual (like is mentioned in the thread) and then it will not look so darn complicated :)

    To explain it to you will not make any sense until you read the book... then you will know what questions to ask... but more than likely you will have most of them answered :)

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  • snal
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    Originally posted by Diesel View Post
    You def need a ham licenese to operate it
    I'm afraid I'd need a PHD in BPT ("button pushing technology")...not to mention a new pair of glasses and a spherical brain alignment! These dang 2 meter HT's are confusing enough for me!

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  • Diesel
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    You def need a ham licenese to operate it

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  • RossA
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    So is this basically a hand held ham radio? Need a license for it? Most of the terminology went right over my head.

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  • Zombie Axe
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    LOL kenno... it will do everything that a handie talkie needs to do... plus a whole lot more... think there is a kitchen sink in there somewhere ;)

    They call radios like this "DC to Daylight" cause they RX almost everything and do everything as well :eek:

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  • kenno
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    I don't know what it is, or what it does, or how it does it, but I want one!

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  • Zombie Axe
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    I really like the Kenwood TH-F6A which can receive SW on lsb/usb as well as fm.

    That VX-8R looks really nice especially for APRS, I currently use a Kenwood TH-D7A along with a Garmin Gps for tracking while 'foot mobile'.

    Yes Diesel, I bet it is very complicated. My Yaesu VX-5R is very complicated but I can usually stumble my way around the menus to get what I want done :) I like Kenwood for their easy menu operation! I have several Kenwood Rigs and the menu is laid out almost the same on every radio :) The simplest rig to programm imho is the Icom 706 mk II G...

    Actually Big Saw, those amateur handhelds have a suprising long run time. Of course you can really drain down a battery by transmitting full power for an extended ragchew session, but they are rechargeable and last awhile :)

    I'll wait until they clearance them in a few years ;)

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  • Big_Saw
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    And battery hungry.....

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  • Diesel
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    yeah I've known about that coming out for about 3 months now, been eyeing it ;)

    Having a feeling the manual will look like an encylopedia though and be hard to use

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  • Zombie Axe
    started a topic Holy gizmo gadget radio batboy :eek: VX-8R

    Holy gizmo gadget radio batboy :eek: VX-8R

    http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0008.html

    No fair... I done spent my money on other stuff!!!





    Yaesu VX-8R
    6m/2m/222/440 MHz

    Order #0008
    List Price: $510.40
    Your Price: $399.95
    Previous Models:
    VX7R
    VX5R
    Amateur Handheld Transceivers

    The Yaesu VX-8R HT provides a full 5 watts FM on 50/144/430 MHz plus 1.5 watts on 222 MHz. It supports Bluetooth® hands-free operation with the optional BU-1 and BH-1 or BH-2 accessories. There is also an optional GPS unit and antenna with loads of features. This radio supports APRS 1200/9600 bps data communication (B band only). Like the VX7R, the VX8R is submersible and meets IPX57 specifications (3 feet for minimum of 30 minutes). A powerful 7.4 V 1100 mAh Lithium Ion battery is included. This HT is small, intuitive to operate only 2.36 x 3.74 x 0.92 inches (thinner than VX-7R). It supports simultaneous independent 2-signal dual receive function with both V + V or U + U. It has weather band receive with Weather Alert. A barometric sensor is included. You can even operate Amateur radio while receiving FM broadcasts! The receive coverage is wider than VX-7R, with an independent AM/FM broadcast receiver circuit. The dot matrix LCD display provides Memory tag up to a maximum of 16 characters. You even get a high-resolution Spectrum Analyzer with ±60 channels indication with wave monitoring of received/modulated signal! And DCS and CTCSS encode and decode is standard.

    The VX-8R comes with the SMA antenna, FNB-101LI Lithium Ion battery pack, belt clip and NC-86B battery charger. (The NC-86B should only be used for receive, because it is not capable of supplying sufficient current to support transmit).


    Features
    Optional Bluetooth®
    Optional GPS
    APRS 1200/9600 bps (B band only)
    CTCSS/DCS Encode & Decode
    Weather Receiving with Weather Alert
    Wideband Receive
    Dual Receive
    Submersible IPX57
    Dot Matrix LCD
    Hi-Rez Spectrum Analyzer

    #4899 BH-1 Bluetooth headset with stereo earphone jack (requires BU-1). INFO Not VX8R compatible!
    #5174 BH-2 Bluetooth headset with mono earphone jack (requires BU-1). INFO Not VX8R compatible!
    #4901 BU-1 Bluetooth adapter unit for radio. $94.98 $74.95
    #5220 CD-40 Charger cradle for BH1 and BH2 (Requires NC-85B AC adapter). $30.00 $22.95
    #5173 CD-41 Rapid Charging cradle (requires NC-86B). INFO $39.00 $29.95
    #5176 CSC-93 Vinyl Carry Case $15.00 $12.95
    #5175 CT-131 Microphone Adapter. VIEW $32.00 $24.95
    #3539 CT-134 Clone cable. $40.00 $29.95
    #5219 CT-136 GPS antenna adapter. $32.00 $24.95
    #1693 EDC-5B DC Cable with voltage regulation and cigarette lighter plug. $26.00 $23.95
    #3116 EDC-6 DC Cable only. $8.00 $6.95
    #3068 FBA-39 Cell Holder (3 x AA). $32.00 $24.95
    #5032 FEP-4 Earhone for BH-1 $19.00 $16.95
    #3073 FGPS-2 GPS Antenna INFO $98.00 $69.95
    #4966 FNB-101LI Lithium Ion Battery Pack 7V 1100 mAh $72.00 $54.95
    #5171 FNB-102LI Lithium Ion Battery Pack 7V 1800 mAh $85.00 $64.95
    #5130 MH-74A7A Speaker Mic $55.00 $42.95
    #3155 NC-85B AC wall charger for CD-40. $18.00 $16.95
    #5172 NC-86B Battery charger for VX-8R [As supplied]. $18.00 $16.95
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