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Posted: 1/6/2015 7:07:49 PM EST
Ideally I'd like to be around $300.

I realize that's probably asking too much, but suggest away!

I purchased the Anytone AT-588UV but after reading countless reviews of how poor the RX quality is on it, I figured I'd throw it back and try again.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 7:32:32 PM EST
Kenwood TM-v71

It is around $375. Call MTC and see what they have them going for.

You won't be sorry.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 7:37:11 PM EST
FPNI

$359.99

There can be only 1
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 7:39:53 PM EST
Another vote for the TM-V71A.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 7:40:52 PM EST
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Does it RX narrow band?
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 7:54:47 PM EST
Since we have you in here, why don't you stay and post a little more often?
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 7:56:56 PM EST
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Originally Posted By gcw:
Kenwood TM-v71
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I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:04:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
Originally Posted By gcw:
Since we have you in here, why don't you stay and post a little more often?
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.


Yeah but there is a little computer side to it too.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/678751_More_RTL_fun.html
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:06:00 PM EST
FT-8800R.
Buy once, cry once.
379.00 after rebate. And it Includes YSK-8900 separation kit.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:08:51 PM EST
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Yeah but there is a little computer side to it too.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/678751_More_RTL_fun.html
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
Originally Posted By gcw:
Since we have you in here, why don't you stay and post a little more often?
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.


Yeah but there is a little computer side to it too.

http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/678751_More_RTL_fun.html

I have no idea what's going in that video.


Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:11:41 PM EST
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Originally Posted By otar:
FT-8800R.
Buy once, cry once.
379.00 after rebate. And it Includes YSK-8900 separation kit.
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That's what I'm leaning toward, mainly because it's in my price range, and can RX on narrow band, which is nice.

So here is what I'm using it for:

I'm a prepper, so SHTF comms is on my list.

I also help out the locals (mostly elderly at my church) if/when trees fall, and I run around my farm like a loon.

I'd like to have xband repeat because I have a box full of UV5Rs that I want to be able to hand out.

I just picked up a 1999 GMC pickup and so rather than transfer my old mobile unit (not dual band or xband repeat) I figured I'd put a nicer one in.

I don't use the local repeater because the guys on there are real jerks.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:20:29 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
Originally Posted By gcw:
Since we have you in here, why don't you stay and post a little more often?
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.

You think you know so little?
Just look at me, I passed the general and I am clueless in too many aspects.
What you do not know, can be learned here! Everyone is more than happy to help out.

Bill
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:24:19 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:


I'm a prepper, so SHTF comms is on my list.

I also help out the locals (mostly elderly at my church) if/when trees fall, and I run around my farm like a loon.

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Oh God! Another one of us added into the mix!

Welcome!
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:26:58 PM EST
Thanks Bill!

My son and daughters will be taking the tech this summer.

The wife is still.... well you know.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:30:59 PM EST
I think the added price of the Kenwood is well made up in the programming software it comes with (free). Someone on here has a link to Amazon to get the cable for around $12.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:35:05 PM EST
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I think the added price of the Kenwood is well made up in the programming software it comes with (free). Someone on here has a link to Amazon to get the cable for around $12.
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My main hesitation about the Kenwood is that it won't listen on narrow band.

I don't use that feature much, but when I do, it's pretty important.

That being said, I can always bring a HT with me that does listen.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:36:51 PM EST
in a future episode of Fo Time, 3 of us break down the pros and cons of the Dual-Band/Dual-VFO/Cross-Band Repeat rigs....we all 3 come down for the TM-v71a (even w/o the remote kit that Yeasu includes). Of course it's just our Opinions.

it is arfcom-get both

Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:38:30 PM EST
Another vote for the Kenwood TM-V71 here!
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:40:50 PM EST
That's pretty overwhelming for the Kenwood.

I guess I could just stick a HT in the center console for narrow band.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:48:18 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
Originally Posted By gcw:
Since we have you in here, why don't you stay and post a little more often?
I really want to.

Frankly, I'm embarrassed about how little I really know.

I passed the Tech without really understanding much of it.

I've learned, thanks to TBS, how to do basic stuff, like program my HTs and Mobiles, but that's about it.

I had a guy at work start asking me about PL codes, and offsets, and I remembered just how little I knew.


None of us knew anything about ham before we knew it.

Just look at me, 2= years ago I passed my tech and has only done a few SSB contacts. Now, I'm just back from a Gov't funded 18 month all mode DXpedition.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:48:30 PM EST
Where are you seeing it wont do narrow band? I got this from the manual

Link Posted: 1/6/2015 8:52:17 PM EST
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Where are you seeing it wont do narrow band? I got this from the manual

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No kidding!

I was just assuming because it wasn't listed in the specs.

How can I find out for sure?
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Originally Posted By elcope: Now, I'm just back from a Gov't funded 18 month all mode DXpedition.
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What does that mean? Sounds pretty badass
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 9:07:48 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
What does that mean? Sounds pretty badass
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
Originally Posted By elcope: Now, I'm just back from a Gov't funded 18 month all mode DXpedition.
What does that mean? Sounds pretty badass


http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/673626_Guerilla_portable__Afghan_style______T6EC_is_off_air_____Mission_complete__518_QSO_s_in_70_countries.html


http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/669203_Kabul_AFG_on_the_Air.html
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How can I find out for sure?
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because GCW just showed you

Count me in as another vote for the TMV71A


Link Posted: 1/6/2015 9:18:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By elcope:
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
Originally Posted By elcope: Now, I'm just back from a Gov't funded 18 month all mode DXpedition.
What does that mean? Sounds pretty badass


http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/673626_Guerilla_portable__Afghan_style______T6EC_is_off_air_____Mission_complete__518_QSO_s_in_70_countries.html


http://www.ar15.com/forums/t_10_22/669203_Kabul_AFG_on_the_Air.html

I gotta remember to do everything around here.....

http://amateurradio15.com/8/







Glad you home bro-enjoy the snow!
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because GCW just showed you

Count me in as another vote for the TMV71A


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/derek45/RADIO/IMGP5279_zps03d3c92b.jpg
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
Originally Posted By bcauz3y:

How can I find out for sure?



because GCW just showed you

Count me in as another vote for the TMV71A


http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v488/derek45/RADIO/IMGP5279_zps03d3c92b.jpg

Awesome! Kenwood it is!
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 9:23:37 PM EST
So I need the Kenwood, remote mount kit, a speaker, and? That's it right?
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 9:25:56 PM EST
You don't "need" a speaker, that said you should get one. However I just use a $10 truck stop special in my truck.
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You don't "need" a speaker, that said you should get one. However I just use a $10 truck stop special in my truck.
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I have plenty of room under the back seat of the truck.

I also need the programming cable and software.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 9:31:00 PM EST
Software

cable


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By ReyAce on October 29, 2012
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This can be used in place of the Kenwood PG-5G cable used to program Kenwood's TM-V71 ham radio. That cable is normally 30+ dollars, (plus shipping and/or tax), this was 13 bucks shipped to my door, is twice as long, and works exactly the same.
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Side-step Kenwood's price gouging for ham radio cables
By ReyAce on October 29, 2012
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This can be used in place of the Kenwood PG-5G cable used to program Kenwood's TM-V71 ham radio. That cable is normally 30+ dollars, (plus shipping and/or tax), this was 13 bucks shipped to my door, is twice as long, and works exactly the same.

I wonder if there's a USB version?

I can always use an adapter.
Link Posted: 1/6/2015 9:56:46 PM EST
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I wonder if there's a USB version?

I can always use an adapter.
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I was already looking and don't see one. Just get a USB - Serial adapter with a FTDI chipset that you trust.

You guys have me wanting to get the TM-V71A and sell my FT-7800R that works so well but I find so difficult to use without the manual.
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Originally Posted By KwaiChangCaine:


I was already looking and don't see one. Just get a USB - Serial adapter with a FTDI chipset that you trust.

You guys have me wanting to get the TM-V71A and sell my FT-7800R that works so well but I find so difficult to use without the manual.
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
I wonder if there's a USB version?

I can always use an adapter.


I was already looking and don't see one. Just get a USB - Serial adapter with a FTDI chipset that you trust.

You guys have me wanting to get the TM-V71A and sell my FT-7800R that works so well but I find so difficult to use without the manual.
It was a tossup between the two for me, but I'm sold on the V71A.
Link Posted: 1/7/2015 11:51:48 AM EST
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Another vote for the Kenwood TM-V71 here!
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I'll tenth or eleventh this. There is nothing I don't like about this radio. Oh, and it does do narrow band.
Link Posted: 1/7/2015 1:01:44 PM EST
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Originally Posted By searchin4shacks:


I'll tenth or eleventh this. There is nothing I don't like about this radio. Oh, and it does do narrow band.
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Originally Posted By searchin4shacks:
Originally Posted By jwr1221:
Another vote for the Kenwood TM-V71 here!


I'll tenth or eleventh this. There is nothing I don't like about this radio. Oh, and it does do narrow band.
Thank you!

I'll be ordering it as soon as my refund comes back on the other radio I ordered.
Link Posted: 1/7/2015 1:11:51 PM EST
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Originally Posted By echomancer:
Another vote for the TM-V71A.
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Yet another.
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Yet another.
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Originally Posted By echomancer:
Another vote for the TM-V71A.


Yet another.


and another vote. It's my base station 2m/70cm radio until I get off my ass and figure out how I want it in the truck.
Link Posted: 1/7/2015 4:40:14 PM EST
You guys are great!
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 12:19:45 PM EST
Thanks guys!!!!


Kenwood TM-V71A 144/440 MHz Mobile

1 $359.95 $359.95
Kenwood DFK-3D Front Panel Kit for TM-V71a

1 $51.95 $51.95
Kenwood SP-50B

1 $58.00 $58.00
RT Systems KRS-V71 Programming Software and USB-K5G for the Kenwood TM-V71

1 $49.00 $49.00

Grand Total: $518.90
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 12:21:21 PM EST
The cable I posted is <$20 and the software from Kenwood for free is great.

Unless you are using RT systems for a bunch of other radios I would stray away.
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 12:24:24 PM EST
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The cable I posted is <$20 and the software from Kenwood for free is great.

Unless you are using RT systems for a bunch of other radios I would stray away.
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The only catch to that is I have to buy the usb adapter as well.

You think it's worth it to buy both?

EDIT: OH I see now, I'm partially paying for the RT software.
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 12:27:59 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bcauz3y:
The only catch to that is I have to buy the usb adapter as well.

You think it's worth it to buy both?

EDIT: OH I see now, I'm partially paying for the RT software.
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Originally Posted By gcw:
The cable I posted is <$20 and the software from Kenwood for free is great.

Unless you are using RT systems for a bunch of other radios I would stray away.
The only catch to that is I have to buy the usb adapter as well.

You think it's worth it to buy both?

EDIT: OH I see now, I'm partially paying for the RT software.


I use serial to USB on every thing ham (except my KX3 ) I haven't had any problems.

RT systems has good software, but they use cables with unique IDs and their software only works with that cable and vice versa.
Link Posted: 1/8/2015 2:58:02 PM EST
For $499 all that you could've had a nice display, digital modes, APRS, wires-X, and crossband repeat.
USB cable is included.

FTM-400DR

Link Posted: 1/8/2015 7:16:41 PM EST
Ordered.

Thanks everyone!
Link Posted: 1/9/2015 2:42:28 PM EST
Ok, more questions.


I bought an antenna that came with a mount that would attach to a toolbox or similar.

Not my pic, but basically the same setup.



How much signal would I lose by attaching it so close to the cab like here? (yellow is where I was thinking)

Link Posted: 1/9/2015 2:58:39 PM EST
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So based on the fact that the car trunk mount is below the "cab" horizon, I don't see a problem with mounting it like this:




Agreed?
Link Posted: 1/9/2015 4:03:15 PM EST
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it's all a compromise bro....I run mine on the front fender-is it 'Ideal'..nah, but works for me. FWIW
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it's all a compromise bro....I run mine on the front fender-is it 'Ideal'..nah, but works for me. FWIW
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How do you mean? I'm trying to keep things from "sticking up" out in unprotected areas because I drive through a lot of woods and such.


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