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  • A decent VHF/UHF dual band radio

    posted by freyyr on 08/16/2010
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    -Good frequency range
    -CTCSS support
    -Built in flashlight
    -Unlocked, works on all frequencies both amateur and commercial
    -Field-programmable
    -Reasonable stock antenna
    -Cross-band operation, so you can theoretically use it for satellite operations
    -Manual is in english (you'll need it)

    Cons:

    -No DTMF tones
    -Programmable from PC, but cable is not included
    -Interface is a little hard to navigate
    -Almost undoubtedly illegal for commercial use wherever you might live, amateur will depend on your country's regs.
    -Scanning speed's a little slow, but it's not a scanner anyway.

    OtherThoughts:

    I recieved this radio two days ago and I've successfully used it to connect to 2m and 70cm repeaters located more than 30km away with crystal clear reception. Programming can be a little confusing at first, but the manual translation came out well and is very understandable.
    Be warned this may very well be illegal where you live: it's unlocked and easily programmable in the field. This automatically excludes it from most commercial operations. Ham depends on the regs.

    Bottomline:

    Comparable big-name radios start at $200, and those come locked. At this price, this is definitely worth it for the ham on a budget or as a spare.

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