handheld ham radio, Yaesu vs. ICOM?

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What's the best Y2K handheld ham radio,

Yaesu FT51 HP




Is it true the Yaesu is not mil-com std?

Does the Yaesu have as much alternative frequency capability as the ICOM?


-- davezz (davezz@dave.zz), September 19, 1999


I've been looking into the same area - and found this site, which offers some good prices.


The Yaesu VX-10 and VX-300, 400, 500 are all mil-spec. The VX-10 offers the best features I "think" - I'm not too knowledgable, but have been doing a bit of shopping around.

-- Ray (shusters@montanasky.net), September 19, 1999.

Depends on what you want to do with the handheld (HT) radio.

Do you want a 'big' one or a pocket sized one. How much transmit power do you need (300 mW or 5 W)? Do you want extended scanner capability?

I have several low power HTs with only ham band receive -- they're cheap ($90 ea). I also have 2 full-function/power HT's, with the Icom T8A being my current favorite. All will trigger a 2-meter repeater that's 6 miles away.

-- Dean -- from (almost) Duh Moines (dtmiller@midiowa.net), September 20, 1999.

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