VHF/UHF radio recommendation

Daryl

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Apr 29, 2018
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I know you stated you were looking for a VHF/UHF radio, but what are you wanting a radio for. To communicate with others you wheel with or something for emergencies? For communication in your group get something that that will be compatible with that, most likely a CB. If you’re looking for a ham radio don’t forget you’re supposed to get a license to use one.
 
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Jul 23, 2018
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I know you stated you were looking for a VHF/UHF radio, but what are you wanting a radio for. To communicate with others you wheel with or something for emergencies? For communication in your group get something that that will be compatible with that, most likely a CB. If you’re looking for a ham radio don’t forget you’re supposed to get a license to use one.
you are right, it's mostly for both emergencies and talk to my caravan, I already have my technicians licence, and so do the other drivers I'm usually with. I'm currently using a handheld, and wanted to get something more robust.
 

Mr. Bills

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I have had good success with a Yaesu FT-90R compact dual band ham radio (still going after 15 years and now mounted in my street vehicle) and currently with a Kenwood TM-281A 2-meter in my jeep. I have never been a fan of Icom radios, the Alinco brand, or the Chinese junk that is now on the market.

Yaesu FT-90R
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Kenwood TM-281A
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If I were in the market for a dual band mobile ham radio for my jeep today I would most likely purchase a Kenwood TM-V71A which can be upgraded in the future if desired to their top of the line TM-D710GA with the purchase of a RC-D710 control panel. If I were to go back to Yaesu I would probably choose the FT-7900R.

Kenwood TM-V71A
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Yaesu FT-7900R
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. . . . . it's mostly for both emergencies and talk to my caravan. I already have my technicians licence, and so do the other drivers I'm usually with. I'm currently using a handheld, and wanted to get something more robust.
Here in British Columbia a VHF mobile is used on logging roads. Oversized traffic, call points, and caution are needed.
 
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Thanks, personal experience is mush appreciated
I have had good success with a Yaesu FT-90R compact dual band ham radio (still going after 15 years and now mounted in my street vehicle) and currently with a Kenwood TM-281A 2-meter in my jeep. I have never been a fan of Icom radios, the Alinco brand, or the Chinese junk that is now on the market.

Yaesu FT-90R
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Kenwood TM-281A
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If I were in the market for a dual band mobile ham radio for my jeep today I would most likely purchase a Kenwood TM-V71A which can be upgraded in the future if desired to their top of the line TM-D710GA with the purchase of a RC-D710 control panel. If I were to go back to Yaesu I would probably choose the FT-7900R.

Kenwood TM-V71A
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Yaesu FT-7900R
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