Thanks I will have a look at them!
Thanks to everyone who responded.... I have several models to look at now .....
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I recently finished installing a Kenwood 480HX in my '08 Jeep Wrangler. Followed K0BG's great recommendations for bonding, choking, etc., and the rig works great, coast to coast from here in Oklahoma. I waited many months for the Hi-Q 3/80 screwdriver and with a 7.5 ft whip, I had one man in SoCal tell me he thought I was a big base unit. If you are going portable, then 897D is a great rig. I just preferred the more traditional panel layout of the Kenwood (and audio) with the head unit on the dash and the radio box in back by the tailgate. Good luck with your new setup! 73.
The newer IC-7000 is the best all around I think. Its the only compact HF All Mode I am considering. It seems to have the majority of required features and the majority of the reviews are great.
Craig / K5CAP
I run a TS480SAT in the mobile, its an awesome rig and beat the socks off my older IC706. The internal filters on the 480 are decent as is the internal tuner. I run the 480 into a 4 element Huslter antenna array running either 40/20/17/12 or 40/20/15/10, I also have an 80M Hamstick and looking for a 60M one too. With the 2nd antenna from the 480 I go to either a 10M FM or 6M antenna.
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Local 147.555, or around 14.250Mhz
I currently have a 857d in my big rig....It's really not very user friendly at first. And the display is very small. I thought having one radio to do hf, vhf ,uhf would be cool but if I could have a do over I would go with a 480 hx and a dual band vhf,uhf rig.
I probably trade radios later on but my tower project is eating up my extra cash now
Once in a man's life you should have a good dog, a good horse and a good woman.
The trick is to get them all together at the same time.
I'm a newer General Class Ham, and have enjoyed the Alinco DX-70T. I found it here on QRZ used for $325 plus shipping. While not as serviceable as some of the newer models, the difference in price was appealing to me, because $350 was all I had to spend at the time. It is a very simple radio. No menus, no frills (which I kind of prefer for mobile use)
There is a DX-70TH in the classifieds right now that's much cleaner than mine, and offers a full 100 watts on 6 meters:
I agree with this it also beats the pants off the ic 7000, in fact you could buy a ts 480 and a dm-710 and have 2 seperate radios for the same price as the ic7000, and wind up with 2 better radios and more function being able to monitor uhf/vhf at same time along with aprs etc. To me it is a no brainer.
Originally Posted by K0PVW