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Old 09-01-2009, 10:53 AM   #11
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I have talked to many truckers on the Ham and have been surprised to find that many are starting to carry both because they are tired of CBs. All the profanity, skip coming in from guys 800miles away at night, etc., etc, etc. Australia did their "CB" right and it is the way we should have done it.
Theirs is in the 440mhz range where our Ham and FRS is. Much better range and clarity. I know that when I am in the hills with the Jeep that if I need help the Ham is the ONLY thing that will get out. Cell phone won't do it, CB wont do it. Came in handy when I had to put out a mayday for help when I found a guy that had shot himself in the woods.

Don, nice to meet another ham on here.... 73s
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:37 PM   #12
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Here's the 2 meter/ 440 MHz dual bander mounted in my 5th wheel. A similar unit lives in the truck. Great for fooling around with, and if someone wanders of with the truck or hikes into the woods with a handy-talkie, they can be contacted reliably and without having to listen to a bunch of "stuff" in the meantime. The antenna is a mag-mount that sits on the pinbox.

But to the original point, no I don't carry CB or FRS radios.
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:57 AM   #13
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Radio,

Is that the V7 series Kenwood and does it have a detachable/ remote mount face?
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Old 09-02-2009, 10:06 AM   #14
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Is that the V7 series Kenwood and does it have a detachable/ remote mount face?
Yes it's a TM-V7A with the remote-able face. They sold gobs of them because 1) in it's time it was a highly advanced, well featured rig. 2) It had that pretty blue face that just wowed everybody.

Well it turns out that the pretty blue face was junk. Over time, every V7A radio they ever made had lines forming in the display that would eventually render the display useless. So all the removable face plates were sent back to Kenwood for "repair". The lines went away, but now the contrast is so poor you have to squint at it and adjust the display contrast to see what you are doing. Kenwood should have replaced the blue with an amber display and be done with it.

So I have 2 of these, one in the shack and the other in the trailer, neither are mobile. They are still fine radios if you have time to tinker with the contrast every time you want to use them. I have a TM-V700 (with the built in TNC that I never use ) for the truck.

I wouldn't buy a used V7A at a hamfest, and no one is going to buy mine, so I'm guessing I'm stuck with them till they finally roll over and die, which isn't likely. They do make good link radios for repeaters. Our SkyWarn System has several. They sit out at the repeaters with the displays turned off and never give us a moments trouble.

(and I guess we have pretty well hijacked this thread)
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Old 09-02-2009, 05:59 PM   #15
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My friend uses one in his Jeep. I opted for the Yesau radios more for the smaller face size which is a huge concern in a Jeep where you don't have room for anything and the price. Kenwood make some really good stuff but they tend to be a bit pricy. Also have a pair of Alinco HTs, old DJ-F1Ts which have been solid radios but like usual the battery packs just don't last if you don't use them consistantly.
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:27 PM   #16
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Just my 2 cents, I have found that Icom has had the best VHF/UHF radios, Very reliable and good intermod rejection, (something you need up her in NY with all the "frequency chatter" from various towers). Always have one in the TV and I usually bring along my trusty handie (on old Icom Z1A). I have used it numerous times when there has been no cell signal. Many repeters up here still have phone patches to tie into land lines and I have been able to get qiuck medical help on numerous occasions. Nice to meet more Rving hams!
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Old 09-02-2009, 11:33 PM   #17
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Yep, Icom is one of the oldest and the best in the business, hard to go wrong with them... My dad always bought Icom because they had a repair facility right here in our area and he could just drive there and drop the rig off if there was an issue. Only remember one time having to do that.
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Nice to meet more Rving hams!
If you want to meet even MORE RV'ing hams, then check out the Open Roads Radio link in my sig.
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