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This is awesome. This forum is hands down filled with the best folks and information.

Lee, I really appreciate your expertise. Excited to get going on ham soon.


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Re: Ham Radio for Trail Use Primer & Radio Buyers Guide

HAM radio on the trails is very worth having, even with simplex transmissions (radio-to-radio). The range is just so much better than 11 meter AM (CB frequencies).

Case in point: Back in January, Lee and I were able to talk from one side of the offroad park to the other at Barnwell Mountain in Gilmer, TX (during the Toyota Texas Jamboree). For those of you that know anything about Barnwell, it's a huge offroad park, with lots of trees and ravines.

Plus, I didn't realize it at the time, but I was broadcasting on low power, and the the transmissions weren't really affected by the terrain...

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Nicely done Lee. I can only add...TAKE THE TEST EVERYONE! It is not difficult, a couple hours a night for a week or so and you will have no problem passing. I'm glad I did.

The only problem is that it adds another thing to spend money on...

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I will second what Joe said, the range is just aweome, at the FJ Summit i was on a trail on one side of the mountain rangs, and was talking with other HAMs on mountains that were way over on other mountains, other trails... (I was on an HT with a exterior mounted antenna as well)
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Addendum:

The prices I listed above (and the specs quoted) came from Universal Radio, Inc., whom I have personally bought radios from and always found to have good service and usually the lowest prices: Universal Radio shortwave, amateur, scanner and CB radio since 1942

However, the prices at HamCity.com are competitive and sometimes even a few dollars cheaper than Universal Radio: https://www.hamcity.com/store/pc/home.asp I have no personal experience with Ham City, but as far as I know they are a reputable and respected business.

Both are worth checking out for price-comparison internet shopping.

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also, my local HRO (Ham Radio Outlet) will match HamCity.com's online prices.
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Thanks for the write up. I have thought about getting involved in this for a while and you explained it to me on very simple terms.

A quick question with respects to manufacturers. In Overland Journal last year they recommended an ICOM radio as their best choice (I can't remember the model number) and after researching it a little I like the ICOM products but also like Kenwood (mainly because I'm familiar with the name). The other names I'm not familiar with and long story short, is this like picking chevy over ford over kia? Thanks.

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Yes, IMO if you are going with the 3 big players
ICOM
YAESU
KENWOOD

you're dealing with quality equipment

the setup I am heading towards is this
for my HT: Yaesu VX-7R
for my Mobile: Kenwood - TM-D710A
for my home station: ICOM IC-7000 HF/VHF/UHF

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