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elkaholic

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Been working on making things a little easier to find on the site as well as expanding some choices.

I now have pre-made kits ready to go


Some roll bar clamps to ease mounting of radios and antennas


I am working on getting my hands on a couple of more powerful radios and better quality handhelds but the supply chains are getting a bit stretched and I am trying to keep price points reasonable.

Remember that I have Hondasxs discounts!



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elkaholic

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What is the highest wattage dual band you can get?
That is a loaded question. If you’re looking for a handheld I am thinking between 10 and 15 watts but it will be speedy. In mobile radios (vehicle mount) I can get a 40-50 watt model at a reasonable price (programmed). I have yet to find a waterproof on though.

Even the high quality ICOM and Kenwood mobile radios typically top out at 50 watts because of RF radiation issues. There are a few at higher power levels but they get very speedy - as in $500 and up. Now that I have my ham license I am looking at one of those for my truck.


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Never mind, apparently it's been discontinued. I think it's been replaced with the FT-891.
 

elkaholic

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Just now seeing this. Notifications are all fubard on Tapatalk ...

The FT-891 is an HF rig and you will need a HAM Technician license as a minimum to legally operate that one. A general class would be better. That transmits at 1.8 to 54 MHZ (160 - 6 meter wavelength). As a reference, 2 meter is in the 145 MHZ range and at the top end includes MURS. GMRS is in the 70cm range (460-465 MHZ)

Mobile antennae for that are long (6’ and up) heavy and expensive.

If you stayed in the 6 meter band width (50 - 54 MHZ) the antennas are reasonably priced (about 40-50) and about 4 feet long.

The issue four our use here is nobody runs these radio frequencies in our groups. You could likely make a contact with the outside world in an emergency, but that person could be several hundred miles away.

In short, a good radio just not a good fit for UTVs


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