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Best transceiver for Technician Class

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  1. AE5VV

    AE5VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Can anyone recommend a good entry level mobile/base transceiver that covers all the bands available to the technician class including phone on the 10 meter band?


  2. N8YX

    N8YX Ham Member QRZ Page

    Kenwood TS-2000..Icom 706Mk2G...IC-7000. FT-857/897.
  3. K0RGR

    K0RGR Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    No wisecrack intended, but there aren't any transceivers that cover all the Tech bands, since the Tech bands include a great many microwave allocations.

    But, those previously mentioned are the current crop of radios that really support the most popular Tech bands, including VHF/UHF and HF.

    I don't normally think of the TS-2000 as a mobile rig, but there is a remote control head for it, so you can trunk-mount the main radio. The IC-7000 gets good reviews for its' ability to handle ignition noise, which is a big factor in mobiles.
  4. WM3O

    WM3O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yaesu FT-847.


    run about $600 or so now.
  5. AE5VV

    AE5VV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for the information

    Thanks for the information. I'm still learning. It can get a bit confusing with all of the available options out there. I should have phrased my question better. What I am looking for is a radio that will work the 2,6,70 cm bands and 28.300 - 28.500 MHz on the 10 meter band. These bands are within the Technician band allocations.

    Thanks again.
  6. W3BNY

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    Yaesu 857-D

    Good little rig, HF/6/2m/70cm all mode. And when you upgrade, you can still use it..or buy a new one and use this guy mobile.
  7. K3DCW

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    I second this recommendation. It is a great radio; all mode so you can work FM and SSB, run it mobile or at home, and you won't outgrow it when you get your general and extra.

    I've run one mobile for the past 8 months, made contacts from 80m-70cm, local, stateside, and DX, and I haven't found anything that I've asked it to do that it couldn't. A good solid rig!

    73 de Dave

  8. AD7N

    AD7N Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd second the FT-857/897 series, or an Icom 706IIG/IC-7000.They're great first radios for several reasons:

    1) They're highly versatile - they can operate HF/6m/2m/70cm on FM and SSB - don't forget you can operate simplex on single sideband on 6m/2m! Though the VHF bands are mostly used for repeaters and FM work, SSB VHF contacts are a fun way to enter the world of DXing. (When you decide to learn CW, you can also use them to get on portions of the 80m/40m and 15m CW bands without having to upgrade your ticket!)

    2) They're fairly portable - put it in your vehicle, work it as a base station. Going camping? Take along a dry-cell lead acid battery, the radio and a portable antenna and your ready to go.

    3) High powered - if you don't absolutely need an HT, these radios allow you that extra "punch" in power when you need it. You'd be hard pressed to find a handheld that can put 50 watts out on 2 meters! (Also note, the FT-897D has an optional battery for backpack operation upto 20 watts)

    4) Room to grow - as others have noted, when you decide to upgrade your ham ticket, you don't have to buy another radio. Its all there, ready to go.

    5) General coverage receive - all these rigs have full HF general coverage receive, so you can listen in on the amazing world of HF radio - shortwave broadcasts, WWV, DXpeditions and more. Just throw up a wire in your attic/tree and you've got a great listening station! They also are good for listening to fire/police/aircraft radio.




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  9. KC0ZZH

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    I'm gonna vouch for the FT-857D or FT-897D. Great little radios, they do just about everything and are very versatile.
  10. W6ONV

    W6ONV Ham Member QRZ Page

    I was happy with my purchase of the Icom IC-718, but if I did it again I would pass and go with a Yaesu, like the FT-857, a little bit more in terms of price, but its also has just a bit more than than the Icom. IC-718 is a base unit and was a solid little rig for me for 2 years before I decided to upgrade to something more (FT-1000MP, used).
  11. KI6USW

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  12. WM3O

    WM3O Ham Member QRZ Page

    those are FM only rigs
  13. KC0ZZH

    KC0ZZH Guest

    True, he might want to do more than just FM.
  14. WB2WIK

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    I'd recommend the TS-2000.

    Right now it's a terrific deal, even brand new, and includes 160m through 70cm standard, with 23cm as an option.

    Much more full-featured than the FT-857/897, much less menu intensive, and has some interesting features that make it ideal for satellite work, or even using as a remote base (where you control the rig from a remote location using two meters as the control link, and can operate HF like 10m that way).
  15. K9KJM

    K9KJM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yep, I agree.

    For one radio that can do it ALL, Including cross band repeat VHF/UHF and to HF, The Kenwood TS 2000 is the one to have. (Actually like two radios in one box, Monitor VHF/UHF at the SAME time as HF, Etc.)

    The lower cost one band at a time only radios like the IC 706, Yaesu 857,etc are also OK, But a long way down the ladder from what a TS 2000 can do, Plus all of those radios are mostly menu driven. Kind of hard to operate as compared to a larger radio with more knobs and buttons like the TS 2000.

    The Yaesu FT 8900 quad band as already pointed out, Is FM only. UNLESS there is LOTS of 10 and 6 meter FM in your local area, I would never consider one. (The 8900 has a miserable memory channel management system)

    The Yaesu FT 8800 dual band VHF/UHF is a GREAT radio to have. Also capable of cross band repeat. The 8800 is also actually two radios in one box. Capable of true dual receive. Hear your local police, fire etc, AND your local ham repeaters at the same time!
  16. KJ4GXU

    KJ4GXU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Don't bother with the 8900 if your goal is to get on 10 meters as a tech. Your priviliges are SSB only on 10 meters the ft-8900 is FM only.

    The 8900 is a good little radio for 2 meters and 70cm. I've never used mine on 6 or 10. In fact I don't even have a quad band antenna hooked to it.

    If you're not planning on upgrading either get an all band all mode rig like others have suggested or get a dual bander like the ft8800 or kenwood dm710 for the car and an HTX10 10 meter radio ro similar for th house. to work 10 meters ssb.

    Good luck and welcome to the hobby.
  17. KA5ROW

    KA5ROW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Just get a rig that will cover it all 2M - 160M you will eventually want to up grade to the General. And when you do you already have the radio. As mention the Yaesu FT-847 would make a real nice setup for you. :D
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