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  • 09 Jan 2018 10:26 PM
    Message # 5670384

    I just got my license and I am looking at what kinds of radios to start with. I am mostly interested in mobile and em com stuff at this point.  I am looking at to mobile radios for the car.  I am just wondering if anyone has experience with the radios and can tell me why one over the other.  One is the TYT TH 9800 Quad band (10, 6, 2m,70cm) the other is the Yaesu 8900R, Quad band.  They seem to have similar features. Advice or comments from those with experience with these products would be welcomed.


    Brent Anderson


  • 10 Jan 2018 12:50 AM
    Reply # 5670505 on 5670384

    I can't comment on either the TYT or the Yeasu models you are looking at - haven't used either of them.

    Depending on your desired use case - crossband repeating can be a very useful feature to have in a mobile radio.   Crossbanding allows you to situate the radio in a good spot and have good local mobility instead of needing to stay in your car or to install a loudspeaker.   Generally you would use a mobile crossband radio in conjunction with a handheld radio.

    The Yaesu will crossband (according to the manual),  I don't know about the TYT.   The 8900R won't do one-way crossband unless you do some creative programming on one of the sides.   With a handful of caveats - one-way crossbanding can be good to maximize battery life, and when you have a desire/need to crossband and an event repeater has a long squelch tail.

    You may want to learn about APRS, and decide if this is something that fits for you.

    Emcomm can take many forms - a typical tactical type of communication will be VHF/UHF FM voice - but it doesn't necessarily need to be limited to VHF/UHF or even voice modes.  There are many examples of mobile HF installations in town.  Some of the more ARES centric folks might have more to say on this topic.

    Whatever you do end up going with -  come try it out at a Rally or other event!

  • 12 Jan 2018 8:43 PM
    Reply # 5681011 on 5670384

    Yes! Do consider trying out your equipment at the next Rally!


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