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  1. #161
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    Default Re: Radio communication as part of preparedness

    I had a couple like that one (there are many Chinese manufacturers making the same radio under different name plates).
    Problem is that they use inferior parts. The finals (final amplifier transistors) are designed for low wattage handy talkies. They can overheat and burn out under heavy usage.
    When they are working, they are great and very economical. I got many long road trips out of mine before it died.

  2. #162
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    Default Re: Radio communication as part of preparedness

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoppy View Post
    Mini review of a new radio...

    I've been without a vhf radio in my truck for almost a year. I picked up a QYT KT 8900. ($80 on Amazon). It's a dual band, 2 meter and 70cm, radio. 25 watts out on 2 meters. I think 20 watts on 70cm.

    First test was in the house on my attic ground plane antenna. No problem doing simplex to Jason O 16 miles away. It's actually pretty easy to program with chirp ( I used a raspberry pi). There is a programming cable included. It comes with a cigarette lighter plug which is handy or you can direct wire.

    I just finished installing in my 2019 Nissan Frontier. I have a magmount antenna up on my truck racks. So far, good audio reports from a couple repeaters.
    Much thanks to Hoppy for plugging the this QYT, I ended up giving it a try myself. I still can't believe how small this radio is, really makes it easy with mounting options. Also decided I wasn't quite ready to give up the CB either, so I upgraded/downsized that to a Uniden all-in handheld device. I still need to do some cleanup on the wiring, etc, but I'm excited to get this out and see what it can do.
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    -Brandon

  3. #163
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    Default Re: Radio communication as part of preparedness

    Very nice! So far, it's been a good little radio. There was good activity on 146.520 yesterday including a summits on the air activation south of uniontown.

  4. #164
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    Default Re: Radio communication as part of preparedness

    Quote Originally Posted by Hoppy View Post
    Very nice! So far, it's been a good little radio. There was good activity on 146.520 yesterday including a summits on the air activation south of uniontown.
    I'm really enjoying it so far, programming with chirp was a piece of cake too. Unfortunately from the Cranberry area I cannot hit W3EXW (wpxi repeater), although I can receive with no issue. I guess it's just a little under powered for that distance. When I'm mobile I'm monitoring K3SAL (wexford repeater) and 146.520.
    -Brandon

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