How much power in your dual bander?

Discussion in 'Mobile Radio' started by KC3JIN, Jul 31, 2017.

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  1. KC3JIN

    KC3JIN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Been having a lot of fun with my HT, most of that by plugging it into better antennas! However, 8 watts has begun to feel a little anemic.

    I see lots of dual band mobiles out there amd even some that do 1.25m, which would be fun but not essential, and power levels from 25 to 100 watts.

    I dunno, call it an opinion poll, but: how much power do you guys run, daily? And how far do you tend to transmit?
  2. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    8W is a heck of a lot from a handheld!

    Mine get very, very warm at 5W output if transmissions are held longer than 30 seconds at a time.

    But anyway, most mobile rigs nowadays are in the 50W output range, which makes them par or nearly par with the repeaters (which also typically run in the 50-100W output range).
  3. KC3JIN

    KC3JIN Ham Member QRZ Page

    The BF-F8HP ostensibly does 8. Does it really... I dunno! I should find a well-equipped Elmer and ask.. I can tell you I keep my transmissions relatively brief - 15 seconds at a time would be a spirited monologue from me. Also maybe for the obvious reason talking on the magmount or 1/4 wave ground plane seems to heat it up more slowly. Hah.
  4. AI7PM

    AI7PM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've found leaving mine on 10w gets it done. Rarely go to "High", which is 50w on mine.
  5. AL7AQ

    AL7AQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    My Kenwood TM-D710A in our 2006 Toyota Tacoma 4X4 Pickup Truck runs 50Watts on both Vhf & Uhf Bands, with medium Power at 20 Watts, and Low at 5 Watts... This works out well, for long haul Traveling, and medium power for suburbia, and low power for Cities... We usually keep Receiver 1 on the local Repeater, and Receiver 2 on the Accepted APRS Vhf Frequecny... We have an AvMapVI connected to the Radio, that displays all the APRS Data...
  6. W4POT

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    My Icom 7100 has 50 watts on 2m and 35 on 73cm. I usually set the power level at 25% of that when I am in town and only increase it when I notice I'm farther out and likely not at full quieting.
  7. W7EDC

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    I leave my 8800 at high 50W for repeater use (most of my repeater use as far away), if I am traveling with the XYL I put it on low using simplex. She leaves her mobile 2900 on High 75W and again, low for simplex rig to rig maybe 15 carlengths. As you seem to know already, Its all in the antenna.... I can talk through a repeater 68 miles away from my QTH with a 5W HT hooked to my 'Ringo Ranger' 2M antenna, or a 5/8 wave mobile antenna on a cookie sheet on the roof with same HT and hit Camas (oops sorry) 20miles. Your results may vary. Before I had a mobile, I had an MFJ 2M mag mount and my Wouxon HT with an adapter for the HT to the PL259 coax connector, add a plug in speaker mic and I was set!... That was my beginnings :cool:
    We do have a couple of 220 HTs... hardly use them, might not be a bad idea to start using those more often for family communication.

    I am curious of your question though, usually people ask 'what rig do you recommend?' THEN the TX power question comes up. you dont need a lot of power, or an expensive radio... or an expensive antenna for that matter.
    Last edited: May 4, 2018
  8. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member QRZ Page

    FT8900R I use the lowest power needed to have reliable contact. Most repeaters around here its 5-10W farther way 35 watts or so. If I'm on simplex with my buddies across town its usually high power.
  9. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    It is a good thing operators do not measure their true RF Output, Or they would be disappointed that it does not output published spec.

    Output < 100 watts, Covers everything.
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  10. NX6ED

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    5 watts...
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