[Linux-ham] Which Xband Radio ?
dave at jamsoft.com
Wed Mar 18 12:14:16 EDT 2009
Agreed - Yaesu did a good job of putting the things we do change on the mic, and the rest in the rig menus. Once set it's rare I have to go back into the menus. Regular use of the mic is important. After a while of non-use it can prompt a game of "which button does that?". :-)
Alongside the lot of current dual-band mobiles - even within Yaesu's own product line, the 8500 has lots of bells and whistles. Subjectively, I see it as the last in a time where all the mfrs. were cramming in as many features as they could.
----- donroden at hiwaay.net wrote:
> I've got a Mr Potato Head here too. Yes, lots of knobs, but
> everything is accessable ... two squelches / two volume controls / it
> sure beats going through all the hidden menues of my newly purchased
> TH-D7 walkie.... I need to carry a manual the size of a small
> telephone book just to operate the darn thing. ( I got it to
> communicate with my TS-2000 on SkyCommand )
> Don WA4NPL
> Quoting "David Black" <dave at jamsoft.com>:
> > Yes! A bit old if you can find one. BTW, the Mr. Potato Head mic
> > takes some dexterity to work - it's covered all 'round with
> > buttons/knobs/joystick. Not for large hands.
> > Solid rig though, plenty of power if you need it, and fairly tight
> > front end (I have one). And probably like any mobile with 10W+
> > output, best directly connected to the car battery.
> > Dave AD6Q
> > ----- donroden at hiwaay.net wrote:
> >> http://www.rigpix.com/yaesu/ft8500.htm
> >> High power / cross band repeat / very sensitive receivers
> >> assorted memory scans / band scope for finding activity
> >> Great mobile walkie extender.
> >> Don WA4NPL
> >> Quoting "Greg Brown" <gwbrown1 at gmail.com>:
> >> > Too bad my HT was so badly drained after 45 minutes that I could
> >> push
> >> > more than static to the repeater. :| Time to upgrade.
> >> >
> >> > I'm going with the cross-band repeater in the car, I think.
> >> >
> >> > Time to flex the debit card. Tomorrow I'll run some various
> >> of
> >> > equipment by the list to see if anyone has any feelings on the
> >> matter. I'm
> >> > going for the highest power dual band (2m/70cm) with cross-band
> >> repeat.
> >> > NOAA weather would be a nice plus but not required.
> >> >
> >> > After that is the same setup, I think: dual deep-cycle
> >> battery
> >> > isolator, 2nd battery tray and dual-band antenna (or whatever is
> >> called..
> >> > one antenna).
> >> >
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