3 Kenwood TH-F6-As and two Icom IC-T7Hs
I currently have a couple of salvaged Motorola HT750 portables for UHF and VHF with a couple of local repeaters programmed into them and the national calling frequencies but rarely use them.
In the past I have had a HT600 that I once used on top of Mauna Kea at 14000 ft to make a few simplex contacts on 2M from the Big Island to Oahu (nearly 300 miles). It was cold up there.
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I use a VX-7r (black) and have had 7 other HT's, but I stick with the VX-7r probably because it's the most universally unfriendly programming HT I've ever seen! I putzed around with keypad entry for about 3 months and became very good at doing that factory reset, and then I purchased the software and cable: it's a delightful radio now, but I have no interest in messing around with its programming in the field, I just make a note and take it home and change the software and presto--reprogrammed perfectly. I never mess it up in the field. I also like it's look, feel, clarity, sensitivity, and battery life.
73 de N7GH
BTW: Kenwood's TH-F6A is probably the easiest keypad programmable HT, I've ever had!
I just added the Baofeng uv-5r to the shack. It is a nice little (cheap) radio but other than the price, I don't know what the fuss is all about. Yes, you do get a lot for your $65 ( shipped from import communications ) but these chinese cheapo's will never hang with the big boys. ( icom, yaesu, kenwood)
HTX-420 dual bander. Nice rugged little unit there. Even takes AA batteries.
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Kenwood TH-D7A for Sky Command Remote Control with my TS-2000S/X
My first radio is a Quansheng TG-K4AT. A single band, 2 meter / 5 watt hand held and it works great! Only licensed for two days, I've made various contacts with this radio from inside my garage. Out on the patio I am even more impressed with how excellent this HT is working out. Priced very well, I was able to find this on eBay from Hong Kong for only $44.00 (free shipping).
my first HT was 10 watts 2 meter Mobile Radio Kenwood TR-7200G and small Lead Acid battery in bicycle basket. then IC-02AT, did not had HT for more than 10 years, recently got IC-V80
I'm saving up for my first HT (I've been using borrowed equipment since I got my license last month). It's going to be a Yaesu VX-8DR, I've already decided and am 100% sure this is the HT for me.
73 de Calvin
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