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todster
03-31-2009, 04:12 AM
For those of you who have ever operated hand held radios....

I am looking at buying a portable for use while riding/misc in the truck etc. I am shopping around and checking on the different brands/features built in to each. If you have had any air time with Icom, Yaesu, Motorola or any other brand, how did it sound? Did the radio work for you or were there things you didn't like about it?

Came across Procomm selling Vertex radios and have been reading up on them. They seem to be pretty good but has anyone used the HX370S? They speak highly of them.

Let me know what you think.

And yes there will be another radio coming soon for the trailer or truck, but one thing at a time ya know.

s@ndm@n
03-31-2009, 04:49 AM
I have a Kenwood, Jay has a Yaesu, and Phatty has Motos... The sound is good. As I found out, handhelds are good for portable close comms, but from truck to truck over more than a couple miles, and you wont have the TX power. Handhelds are 5 watt, the mounted are 50 watt.... and have larger external antennas. If you are out in the open, the distance is better than in a truck.

Jay and I had comms issues on the trip to Primm, but I think that was more due to other hardware than the radios.

Jay
03-31-2009, 12:25 PM
Yaesu VX-7r for me.. I love it. For the record, I didn't have comm issues to Primm; Aaron did. I just happened to be on the other side. :rotfl: But seriously, he is right. A loud exhaust makes it a bitch to hear anything. And a Harbor Freight helmet kit didn't help either. Don't expect much distance with the hand held though.

Phatty might still have the VX-3r he was willing to sell me last year.

J.T.
03-31-2009, 03:03 PM
I have been thinking about a handheld as well as another 50watt mobile for the Truck as well as the 50watt I have in the teryx. Figured a handheld with helmet kit would be bitchin for a Dirtbike or Quad ride and still maintain comms with the teryx

todster
04-02-2009, 03:11 AM
Yeah I wasn't expecting anything stellar with the handheld, from in the truck. Out on the quad, I don't even know how much I would try at speed. But wouldn't mind giving it a try. One or two miles in the desert is enough for the dust settle.

A while back I was trying to find the smallest 50Watt and possibly make a home for it on the quad. Game over though. Thats just too much crap on the quad. Besides some times you wanna say Fuck It lets just ride and not hear or see a thing but the dirt in front of ya.

I'll keep ya posted.

diirk
04-02-2009, 03:27 AM
The Yaesu FTM-10R (http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=106&encProdID=AF7E08DC3F2467B1B4B2CB4DA49BCF88&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0) is a pretty cool unit. Super small.

JJ
04-02-2009, 04:34 AM
pardon me if this is a dumb question.

If all you want is "One or two miles in the desert is enough for the dust settle". Have you thought about GMRS or FRS. What's the big advantage to VHF if you just want a mile or two?

J.T.
04-02-2009, 04:58 AM
pardon me if this is a dumb question.

If all you want is "One or two miles in the desert is enough for the dust settle". Have you thought about GMRS or FRS. What's the big advantage to VHF if you just want a mile or two?

Clarity

PLUS I have been .25 mile Line of sight with GMRS and not heard a damn thing except static

Jay
04-02-2009, 12:36 PM
The Yaesu FTM-10R (http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=106&encProdID=AF7E08DC3F2467B1B4B2CB4DA49BCF88&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0) is a pretty cool unit. Super small. I'll mod it for you! http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/fighting/fighting0029.gif

diirk
04-02-2009, 01:28 PM
I was going to mention that you were the master of mods!!! :pirate:

Derwud
04-02-2009, 01:40 PM
So what is the best budget in-cab radio out there? Can you get one that does FM and GMRS?? I would want something that can be transfered from Rhino to truck as needed..

diirk
04-02-2009, 01:51 PM
Once you "mod" many of the FM radios, they can hit FRS/GMRS freqs. For size and portability, the one I posted above is really nice. Not sure on pricing though. Let me look around a little. There's usually some good deals, especially on used stuff.

Jay
04-02-2009, 01:51 PM
So what is the best budget in-cab radio out there? Can you get one that does FM and GMRS?? I would want something that can be transfered from Rhino to truck as needed..
If you're going to put something in a Rhino, I would go with a race radio for the ruggedness. Most amateur radios are not built to be out in the dirt like that. BUT, most race radios are 2 meter and don't have the ability to be modified to work in the FRS/GMRS range. The exception is the FTM-10 that Diirk mentioned. Its a very rugged, dual band radio that would work for this and is the perfect size for a Rhino. I unfortunately fried mine while modding it. $400 wasted, 10 minutes out of the box.

Big Buford
04-02-2009, 02:02 PM
Hot off the press http://losangeles.craigslist.org/wst/rvs/1103317894.html

diirk
04-02-2009, 02:10 PM
HRO (http://www.hamradio.com/) has the Yaesu FT7800R (http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=106&encProdID=3C10CFA04DF2657239AEACCA0D33FF2E&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0) on sale for $235.
http://www.yaesu.com/ProductImages/FT-7800R_thumb.jpg

s@ndm@n
04-02-2009, 03:07 PM
HRO (http://www.hamradio.com/) has the Yaesu FT7800R (http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=106&encProdID=3C10CFA04DF2657239AEACCA0D33FF2E&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0) on sale for $235.
http://www.yaesu.com/ProductImages/FT-7800R_thumb.jpg

that's what I have in my truck. I actually have it portable. I have two antennas, one hard mount on the truck, and a mag mounted one, and I put a standard 12v plug on the power. That way I can move it where ever I want. :D

diirk
04-02-2009, 03:14 PM
I have the 8800R. Radio mounted under the drivers seat, faceplate mounted to the cup holder. I'm using a Sti-Co stealth antenna that replaces the Dodge radio antenna with a dual-band duplicate. I am using a 12v plug also, powering the radio from the power outlet in my armrest.

lq9hd
04-02-2009, 03:31 PM
I met this guy who used to sell public safety to different agencies up here. He told me he had a bunch of good Motorola HT turnins. If you guys are interested ill find out the 411. Ill be down to pick one or two up myself.

J.T.
04-02-2009, 04:03 PM
I met this guy who used to sell public safety to different agencies up here. He told me he had a bunch of good Motorola HT turnins. If you guys are interested ill find out the 411. Ill be down to pick one or two up myself.

I am down for the 411 as well

Jay
04-02-2009, 04:08 PM
I have the 8800R. Radio mounted under the drivers seat, faceplate mounted to the cup holder. I'm using a Sti-Co stealth antenna that replaces the Dodge radio antenna with a dual-band duplicate. I am using a 12v plug also, powering the radio from the power outlet in my armrest.

I have the same radio in my truck. I love the dual radios (weatherman faux pas?) and cross band repeat.

s@ndm@n
04-02-2009, 05:05 PM
I have the same radio in my truck. I love the dual radios (weatherman faux pas?) and cross band repeat.

Richard Cranium.

J.T.
04-02-2009, 05:29 PM
More and More I think About it I would like a Dual band for the Truck and eventually for the t-rex

Jay
04-02-2009, 05:31 PM
Richard Cranium. I would love it if that were recorded somewhere so I can hear how dumb I sounded. Not nearly as bad as the guy who was working the teen age girl but didn't know his mic was keyed.

todster
04-11-2009, 01:35 AM
UPS brought me my yaesu vx-170 yesterday. I um (cough cough ) adjusted it and it appears to pick up signal fairly well. Of course thats probably all off of repeaters around hear. Found the 17" flexible whip from HRO makes a BIG difference in reception.

Radio was fairly cheap and now at least I can manually key in a freq as apposed to breaking out the laptop every time.

We'll see how it works on the the next run!!

s@ndm@n
04-11-2009, 03:11 AM
you can run it next weekend out to Laughlin. If you want to test it out this week, let me know and I'll hook my radio back up.

todster
04-11-2009, 05:31 AM
Cool deal