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Posted: 1/26/2014 8:27:56 PM EDT
Time to shop for my first mobile rig. The 7900 seems to fit the bill as I can remote mount it (2010 corolla, space is at a premium) and the reviews seem good. Anything I should know about it that should stop me from pulling the trigger on it or is there a better 2m/70cm rig in that price range that is better?
Link Posted: 1/26/2014 8:29:01 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2014 8:29:48 PM EDT by VRMN8R]


Originally Posted By rallykid:



Time to shop for my first mobile rig. The 7900 seems to fit the bill as I can remote mount it (2010 corolla, space is at a premium) and the reviews seem good. Anything I should know about it that should stop me from pulling the trigger on it or is there a better 2m/70cm rig in that price range that is better?
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Its a good choice IMHO



I had the 7800r and I loved it





 
Link Posted: 1/26/2014 8:33:59 PM EDT
Thanks. I want an 8900 or an 857 but the budget says no
Link Posted: 1/26/2014 9:09:17 PM EDT
I have a 7900 in both my vehicles and as my VHF/UHF base rig. It's a great
radio, I have no complaints.

When you go to buy it, make sure you get it with the separation kit bundled with it.
Usually it is, but some places un-bundle to advertise a lower price.

Only other things you should know is that it does have a fan for cooling, so keep that
in mind when mounting, and the audio is maybe a touch quiet -- I've mounted it without
using extension speakers in both cars, but sometimes at highway speeds I'll have issues
hearing it mounted under a seat.
Link Posted: 1/26/2014 9:19:16 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 1/26/2014 9:21:46 PM EDT by Derek45]
It's a good radio

I like them



It doesn't have dual receive or cross-band repeat

(the TMV71A kenwood does...but kenwood charges extra for the remote kit, so add that to the price))

If you don't need crossband repeat, it's a solid choice

I like the single receive, especially in a mobile
Keep it Simple

I worked NA1SS with a 7900

driving to the rifle range in my friend's truck.  





the 8900 is a WASTE

10 and 6 FM is DEAD 99% of the time





Link Posted: 1/27/2014 3:46:55 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Derek45:
It's a good radio

I like them

It doesn't have dual receive or cross-band repeat

(the TMV71A kenwood does...but kenwood charges extra for the remote kit, so add that to the price))

If you don't need crossband repeat, it's a solid choice
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another low cost option with the above features: Alinco (flame on)

the Kenwood is just Another $50 bux
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 4:06:50 AM EDT
For about 40 more than the 7900, theres the 8800.
Nice radio and 2 vfo's
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 4:40:15 AM EDT
My only issue with the 8800 is no backlit keys. I may use one for a base with a power supply but backlit is a must when I am mobile.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 4:53:16 AM EDT
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another low cost option with the above features: Alinco (flame on)

the Kenwood is just Another $50 bux
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Originally Posted By SCWolverine:
Originally Posted By Derek45:
It's a good radio

I like them

It doesn't have dual receive or cross-band repeat

(the TMV71A kenwood does...but kenwood charges extra for the remote kit, so add that to the price))

If you don't need crossband repeat, it's a solid choice


another low cost option with the above features: Alinco (flame on)

the Kenwood is just Another $50 bux


I hate guys like you, who - just when I had picked one radio (tm-v71a) - throw me another option (dr-635t).  
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 7:22:42 AM EDT
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I hate guys like you, who - just when I had picked one radio (tm-v71a) - throw me another option (dr-635t).  
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Problem solved: don't buy Alinco.

Might want to cruise eham reviews for all rigs mentioned:
http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/38
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 7:54:40 AM EDT
Friends don't let friends buy Alinco

Link Posted: 1/27/2014 8:31:29 AM EDT
Alright, still waiting to pull the trigger on the kenwood - thx again.
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 9:28:03 AM EDT
Wasn't steering, just reminding there are options for all budgets...

If I had one of those (a budget) I've have the 71a
Link Posted: 1/27/2014 7:14:37 PM EDT

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Originally Posted By rallykid:


My only issue with the 8800 is no backlit keys. I may use one for a base with a power supply but backlit is a must when I am mobile.
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Dont let this turn you off from the 8800. After you memorize THREE buttons, you wont even look (read) the buttons in the light or dark. 1st button, POWER. 2nd button VFO/MEMORY. 4th button, SCAN. Thats all I ever use, I can 'see' the buttons from the light on the display. I would by another 8800 in a heartbeat.
 
Link Posted: 1/28/2014 3:19:10 AM EDT
again-FWIW!

I currently have a Kenwood TM-G707a in the truck.  It's a dual-band/single tuner rig.  It works really well and is pretty simple to use.  My only complaint would be the single tuner.  The 7800 was my intended target back when, but the 707 was found at too good a price to skip.  I'm sure they are both complimentary rigs-with single VFO's.

OP if you can swing it, snag a dual VFO-YMMV
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