[Linux-ham] radios

Neil L. Little nllittle at embarqmail.com
Mon Jul 14 21:49:50 EDT 2008

An ICOM IC-V8000 is a good single bander (2mtr) to start out with. Built 
like a brick. Has a good 75w output.
It is an excellent platform to move between fixed station and mobile 

For power connections I suggest going with the anderson powerpole type 
connector. They are just about universal these days as a good quick 

For a place to get antennas, coax and such I suggest a place called 
Comark Distributing at 829 Purser Dr,
Raleigh, NC 27603. Larry gives you a real decent price.

By the way, the JARS club has a meeting this Thursday. The meeting place 
is at the Panther Branch Community center just south of Garner near the 
intersection of Hwy 50 and Ten-Ten Hwy (Panther Branch Community Center. 
10900 Ten Ten Road, Garner, NC). Meetings are generally a lively event.

Congrats and Enjoy Ham Radio!!

Neil, WA4AZL
JARS Forever!!

Tanner Lovelace wrote:
> On Sun, Jul 13, 2008 at 7:24 PM, David Black <dave at jamsoft.com> wrote:
>> Hi Greg, and congrats on earning your tech ticket!
>> FWIW, most HTs do accept external antenna connections and output 5W+
>> when on a 12VDC supply.  *With a good mobile antenna setup*, that's
>> plenty to get in to most local repeaters.
> I disagree, especially since Greg is in Youngsville.  That's exactly
> why I've moved away from using my HT in the car and gone entirely to
> mobile radios.
>> Yaesu makes the FT-817, a low power HF+6m portable/mobile rig but for
>> some reason I thought it - or maybe it's a cousin, also did 2m/70cm.
>> Maybe not.
> The Yaesu FT-857 (possibly with added D on that model #) does HF/6m/2m/70cm.
>> While you may not want to tote around a mobile rig, they do have a nice
>> car installation capability and usually 50W/35W+ on 2m/70cm
>> respectively.  The higher power settings can be handy for "metro"
>> simplex work or if you're trying to hit a far-away repeater.
> And, that's the main problem around here is that all of the repeaters are
> "far away" repeaters.  I live in Durham, work in Cary, and the main repeaters
> I use are
> 146.88 - Located in SE Raleigh, towards Clayton
> 442.150 - Located in Chapel Hill
> 146.64 - Located at the fairgrounds in Raleigh
> 147.225 - Located at the intersection of I-40 & I-85
> 444.1 - Located at the VA hospital in Durham
> The 440 link system - located all over (and therefore more likely to be closer)
> Almost all of those are quite a long ways away from where I'm located and
> on my HT I cannot hit most of them at any given time.  If we were in
> a single metro area it would probably be better but the spread out nature
> of the Triangle does not easily lend itself  to the use of HTs.
>> Among HTs, having owned at least two each of Kenwood, Alinco and Yaesu,
>> I've had the best experience with Yaesu, in terms of reliability.  No
>> idea about ICOM or Standard though - they may be wonderful.
> I've had 2 Icom HTs (2AT and T81a) and both of them worked very well, they
> just don't have enough power for this area.
> Cheers,
> Tanner Lovelace
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