FT-2900R vs. FT-2800M

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KI6A, Aug 10, 2009.

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  1. KE6DON

    KE6DON Ham Member QRZ Page

    Dont mean to hijack the thread but IV got a similar radio deceision.
    Could models from different manufacturers be compared side by side as well?

  2. KG4JVD

    KG4JVD Ham Member QRZ Page

    I have a 2900 but have not used it enough to be able to give you a complete review. I will post something in a couple months.
  3. W9DKL

    W9DKL Ham Member QRZ Page

    Great little radio is built like a tank and have had mine 2 months now and works great. Nice big display and easy to use.
  4. KB1IZD

    KB1IZD Ham Member QRZ Page


    I checked all of the ratings I could find and decided to go with the 2900R. It cost about $20 more and the reviews are waay better than for the 2800M. It will be here on Monday so I will let everyone know.
  5. WA7NXI

    WA7NXI Ham Member QRZ Page

    I love my 2800m, it's been a great mobile radio and easy to use, I'm going to be biased and say go with the 2800m!
  6. K9ASE

    K9ASE XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    I've got the 2900 it's first radio my only complaint was that it came with a bad mic. it's a little tricky to program but after the first couple stations you'll have it down. I just need a better antenna with the cb wip I'm using I can still hit repeaters 30mi away on 10w
  7. N2JRW

    N2JRW Ham Member QRZ Page

    ft 2900r

    Great radio built great but there are hams out here that will find faults with every radio:D
  8. KI4WCO

    KI4WCO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I own a 2800 and I have used it mobile for about 2 years now. It takes getting used to for programming but once you learn it it gets easier. I did take a look at the the side by side that was posted. Besides the extra push of 10w the only differences I noticed were:
    RX on 2800 is 137-174 MHz 2900 is 136-174 MHz
    Selectivity has wide and narrow on the 2900 while the 2800 only has wide
    Current drain TX 2800 10 A max 2900 15A max
    Also with the 2900 the output steps are 75/30/10/5 while
    the 2800 is 65/25/10/5
    The 2900 has Enhanced Paging & Code Squelch the 2800 doesn't
    The 2900 has Automatic Range Transponder System the 2800 doesn't
    The 2900 has CW Training feature the 2800 doesn't
    The 2900 has a password feature allowing you to lock the transceiver from unauthorized use the 2800 doesn't
    There is also the ability to check the temperature inside the case on the 2900

    And that is what I gathered from just comparing the two operating manuals. Hope that helps a little.

  9. K8PEK

    K8PEK Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been beating up an FT-2800 for the last five years in my truck off roading more than I care to admit. The 2800 is a tank. Takes a licking and keeps on ticking.
  10. KG4RUL

    KG4RUL Ham Member QRZ Page

    At this point the whole thread is moot as the FT-2800M is no longer in production.:cool:
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