Discussion in 'On the Road' started by WB2INY, May 24, 2021.
An y recommendations on a good mobile HF rig for a Subaru Forester?
Speaking personally, I would insist on a removable control head - which rather limits the options. If you really want just HF, then I would probably suggest the Kenwood TS-480SAT. The ICOM IC-7100 is also a decent radio and gives you VHF/UHF in the same package at a similar price, but it is looking a bit long in the tooth these days. The 7100 does not have a built-in ATU which can be a bit limiting in a mobile context where antennae will be narrow band and their tuning influenced by surroundings.
I've always wanted an 857d paired with the atas120. But since the 857's are bringing more than their weight in gold for some reason, I'm going with the 891. All the icoms with colored screens I like are discontinued, plus they are bringing more than what they cost new as well.
I had an ATAS120 hooked to a Yaesu FT-100D. I was super unimpressed with that antenna; don't waste your time. A "real" screwdriver antenna like a Tar Heal or High Sierra would be way better.
Nice profile picture!! Is that you're car? I'm blessed to live near Cooter's in Luray, VA so I get to quite a few of his gatherings.
My experience is the biggest factor for the radio is how easy it is to use. You don't want to be fiddling with an arcane menu system while going down the road (*cough*Yeasu*cough*). Other than that all you really care about is that it works. Far more important is your antenna and installation. When your radiation efficiency is only 3% each 1% improvement matters. For me ICOM's radios were easier to use mobile on HF. Whichever way you go spend some time practicing in the driveway first.
Also if planning both V/UHF and HF look at how easy it is to switch modes with the radio. Some radios maintain all of the mode settings for each band. Others don't and require digging into the menu each time.
Lastly think about which bands you want to use. If you are staying with the higher frequencies you may be happy with a cheapo hamstick. Moving down the frequencies the advantages of a good screwdriver become more apparent.