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Radios are listed by category, then price (least-expensive first). Prices are street prices as of this date (5/11/2009) and subject to change.


2-Meter Only Mobile Radios


Yaesu FT-2800M - $129.98



The Yaesu FT-2800M is quiet and powerful. This ruggedly-built 2 meter transceivers boasts 65 watts of output. Yet no fan is required thanks to Yaesu's new die cast chassis/heat-sink design. The ergonomics are unsurpassed for safe mobile operation. Four power levels are available: 65, 25, 10 and 5 watts. And weather channels are built in with Severe Weather Alert capability. The FT-2800M is MIL-STD 810 tough. You get extended receive from 134-174 MHz. The backlit display has four dimmer levels. There is an external speaker jack on the rear panel.

The supplied MH-48AJ6 hand mic includes four programmable keys. Other included items include: MMB-83 mobile mounting bracket, DC power cord with fuse, spare 15A fuse, base station feet and operating manual.

Features
  • 200 Memories
  • 65 Watts Output
  • DTMF Memories
  • Voltage Display
  • Backlit DTMF Mic
  • CTCSS Encode
  • CTCSS Decode
  • Packet Ready
  • NOAA Weather Alert
  • Smart Search™


Yaesu FT-1802M - $138.98



The ruggedly built Yaesu FT-1802M brings you Yaesu's legendary mechanical toughness in a low-cost, high-performance, 2-meter FM transceiver. The FT-1802M is somewhat smaller than the FT-7800R dual bander and features outstanding audio on both transmit and receive. It has strong receiver performance, covering 136 to 174 MHz. It has illuminated front panel keys and boasts 221 memories. There is also a 10 channel NOAA weather bank. You get CTCSS and DCS Encoder and Decoder circuits. The FT-1802M even has a unique a CW trainer to practice Morse Code. Keyboard entry of frequencies directly from microphone is supported. It also supports one-touch access to Yaesu's renowned WiRES-II Internet Linking System. There is a security password to help prevent unauthorized use. The FT-1802M has a rugged die-cast chassis and the rear panel has an external speaker jack. 5.6 x 1.6 x 5.8 inches.

The supplied MH-48A6J DTMF hand mic includes four programmable keys. Also comes with the MMB-36 mounting bracket, DC cord and spare fuses. (The FT-1802M does not include base feet).

Features
  • 221 Memories
  • 8 Memory Banks
  • 50 Watts Output
  • APO - Automatic Power-Off
  • ARS - Automatic Repeater Shift
  • Busy Channel Lock-Out
  • DTMF Memories
  • CTCSS Encode
  • CTCSS Decode
  • CW Trainer
  • Password Function
  • Backlit DTMF Mic


Icom IC-2200H - $149.95



The Icom IC-2200H 2 meter FM mobile features a rugged design and an easy-to-read alphanumeric display. The large informative LCD may be set to green or amber. The receiver covers 118-174 MHz and the transmitter delivers 65, 25, 10 or 5 watts of output. The improved receive IMD helps provide protection from excessively strong signals such as pager signals. And the squelch attenuator (approx 10 dB) allows you to reduce interference from strong nearby signals. A winning combination for receive performance. The front panel has an oversized tuning dial is easy to grab while on the move and the large 4-level backlit display clearly provides key information at a glance. Memory channels can be assigned names for easy recognition and easy access. The 2200H supports three different scan modes: Full Scan, Memory Scan, Programmed Scan and four scan resume conditions.

Other features include: 207 memories, alphanumeric notes, 3-way priority watch and independently programmable Rx/Tx and tone squelch. The 2200H is also one of the first mobiles to be GPS NMEA compatible (GPS not supplied). There is an external speaker jack on the rear panel. The IC-2200H is built rugged and has a convenient front mounted mic jack. The supplied HM-133V remote control mic controls everything in the palm of your hand. ICOM's exclusive Hot Keys lets you program the features that you use the most. The bigger backlit keys allow you to operate in low light conditions. Requires 13.8 VDC at 15 amps. A mobile mounting bracket, power cord and mic hanger are also supplied. Size: 5.5 x 1.6 x 5.9 inches 2 Lbs. 10 oz. (140x40x146mm 1.25 kg).

Features
  • Encode/Decode
  • FM Narrow Mode
  • 207 Memories
  • Scanning
  • Squelch Attenuator
  • Call Channel
  • 65/25/10/5 Watts Output
  • Optional Digital Unit
  • Weather Channel & Alert
  • HM-133V Remote Hand Mic
  • NMEA GPS compatible


Yaesu FT-2900R - $164.95



The Yaesu FT-2900R is quiet and powerful. This ruggedly-built 2 meter transceivers boasts 75 watts of output. Yet no fan is required thanks to Yaesu's new die cast chassis/heat-sink design. The ergonomics are unsurpassed for safe mobile operation. Four power levels are available: 75, 25, 10 and 5 watts. And weather channels are built in with Severe Weather Alert capability. The FT-2900R is MIL-STD 810 tough. You get extended receive from 134-174 MHz. The backlit display has four dimmer levels.

The supplied MH-46AJ6 hand micis backlit. Other included items: mobile mounting bracket, DC power cord with fuse, spare 15A fuse, base station feet and operating manual.

Features
  • 200 Memories
  • 75 Watts Output
  • DTMF Memories
  • Voltage Display
  • Backlit DTMF Mic
  • CTCSS Encode
  • CTCSS Decode
  • Packet Ready
  • NOAA Weather Alert
  • Smart Search™


Kenwood TM-271A - $169.95



Mobile communications are easier thanks to the Kenwood TM-271A 2 meter transceiver. The TM-271A provides a big 60 watts output and is built MIL-STD 810 C/D/E/F tough. This radio has NOAA weather built in with alert tone. You get 200 memory channels (or 100 when used with names). This radio is capable of displaying up to 6 large alphanumeric characters. The positive-type green LCD display comes with a 32-step brightness control to suit all driving conditions. Also, the front panel and microphone keypads are both illuminated for ease of use.

This radio is packed with the features you want such as: CTCSS (42 subtones), DCS (104 codes) and 1750 Hz tone burst. Several forms of scanning are supported including: VFO, program, memory, group, call scan, tone scan, CTCSS scan and DCS scan. It has Wide/Narrow deviation with switchable receive filters. There is automatic repeater offset and automatic simplex checker. Automatic power off is supported. And it is built tough to take rough treatment in stride. The TM-271A meets the strict U.S. Department of Defense MIL-STD 810 C/D/E/F.

The TM-271A comes with illuminated DTMF hand mic, PG-2N power cord and mounting bracket. Separate English and Spanish instruction manuals are supplied.



Alinco DR-135T - $179.95



The Alinco DR-135 series features a full-featured 2 Meter 50 watt FM transceiver with an alphanumeric display (up to seven characters), 100 memory channels aircraft (AM) plus extended receive. Three power outputs (50/10/5 watts) are available. CTCSS encode and decode are standard. The receive range is 118-135.995 MHz (AM) and 136-173.995 MHz (FM). This radio is 5.55 x 1.61 x 6.06 inches 1.9 Lbs (141x41x154mm 0.86 kg). Enter the digital age with the optional EJ-40U. The DR-135 series each include the EMS-56 DTMF Hand Mic, mobile bracket, DC cord, alarm cable and mounting hardware.

Features
  • 100 Memories
  • Front Panel GPS Input for APRS
  • Ignition Key On/Off Feature
  • Ten Autodial Memories
  • Encode/Decode
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Large Alphanumeric LCD
  • Timer Out Timer
  • Airband Receive
  • Optional TNC
  • DTMF Microphone
  • Dimmer


Icom IC-V8000 - $209.95



The Icom IC-V8000 is a powerhouse. This 2 meter FM mobile features high power output coupled with a rugged die-cast design and an easy-to-read alphanumeric display. You can even change the display from amber to green. The transmitter delivers a big 75 watts of output (75/25/10/5 watts selectable). You will be kept informed of weather emergencies with the Weather Alert and Weather Channel Scan features [USA version only]. The fully customizable memory system is awesome. A total of 207 channels (in ten banks) are supported (including 1 call channel and 6 scan edge channels). Each memory is alphanumeric and stores a 6 character name, tone frequency, skip info and more! The V8000 supports three types of scanning.

The supplied HM-133V remote control mic controls everything in the palm of your hand. ICOM's exclusive Hot Keys lets you program the features that you use the most. The bigger backlit keys allow you to operate in low light conditions. This radio is supplied with: HM-133V remote hand mic, OPC-1132 DC power cable, V8000 MMB mobile mounting bracket, spare fuses and mic clip.

Features
  • Scanning
  • DTMF Encode (Decode optional)
  • 200 Alpha Memories
  • One Piece die-cast chassis
  • 10 dB Squelch Attenuator
  • Weather Alert and Weather Scan
  • 75 Watts Output
  • DCS Encode/Decode
  • CTCSS Encode/Decode
  • Remote Backlit Hand Mic
 

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2-Meter Ham Radio Buyer's Guide / Comparison (cont.)

Radios are listed by category, then by price (least-expensive first). Prices are street prices as of this date (5/11/2009) and subject to change.


Dual-Band (2-Meter & 70 cm) Mobile Radios



Yaesu FT-7800R - $248.98



The Yaesu FT-7800R dual bander operates on 2 meters and 70 centimeters. High power output is featured with 50 watts on 2 meters and 40 watts on 430 MHz. CTCSS/DCS Encode/Decode is built in. Over 1000 memories are available. It is WIRES compatible. The FT-7800R well designed front panel provides simple, safe operation. The FT-7800R is ideal for the amateur who does not require cross-band repeat as found on the FT-8800R and FT-8900R. The FT-7800R has excellent receive range covering 108 to 520 and 700-990 MHz (less cellular). Operating this radio is very simple and straight forward, and you may program it to your operational preferences via a menu system. The FT-7800R features Yaesu's ARTS™ Auto-Range Transponder System, important in search-and-rescue applications. ARTS provides a "hand-shake" with other ARTS equipped transceivers and displays out of range or in range. A six character CW ID is also provided for your station every ten minutes during ARTS operation.

The FT-7800R has a convenient mini-DIN DATA jack on the back panel for a Packet TNC connection to either a 1200 baud or 9600 baud Packet TNC (not supplied).

The FT-7800R comes with a MMB-36 mobile mounting bracket, DC cord and MH-48A6J Up-Down, illuminated DTMF microphone.

Features
  • Five One Touch Hyper Memories
  • 1055 Memories
  • 50 Watts Output (40 Watts on 430 MHz)
  • DCS
  • Backlit DTMF Mic
  • Large Omni-Glow™ Alpha Numeric LCD
  • CTCSS Encode/Decode
  • DCS Encode/Decode
  • Smart Search
  • 1200/9600 bps Packet Jack
  • Menu customization
  • ARTS™ Auto-Range Transponder System


Icom IC-208H - $299.95



The ICOM IC-208H 2M/440 dual bander is priced like a single bander, but it still has all the features you want. You get: detachable control panel, wideband receive, three power settings, built-in CTCSS decode/encode, PC compatibility and 500 alpha memory channels. Power output is 55/15/5 watts on 2 meters and 50/15/5 watts on 440 MHz. It is 9600 BPS packet ready too (6 pin DIN). The 208H also includes a built-in duplexer, OPC-600/R separation cable, HM-133 remote hand mic, mobile mounting bracket, power cord and spare fuses.

Features
  • Encode/Decode
  • 9600 BPS Packet Ready
  • 500 Alpha Memories (6 character)
  • Built-In Duplexer
  • FM Narrow capability
  • Weather Alert
  • Three Output Levels
  • Detachable Control Head
  • Extended Receive
  • 16 DTMF Memories



Yaesu FT-8800R - $339.95



The Yaesu FT-8800R dual bander operates on 2 meters and 70 centimeters. High power output is featured with 50 watts on 2 meters and 35 watts on 430 MHz. It is like having two radios in one with dedicated Volume and Squelch controls on each side. Built in features include: duplexer and CTCSS/DCS Encode/Decode. Over 1000 memories are available. It is WIRES compatible.

The FT-8800R features Yaesu's ARTS™ Auto-Range Transponder System, important in search-and-rescue applications. ARTS provides a "hand-shake" with other ARTS equipped transceivers and displays out of range or in range. A six character CW ID is also provided for your station every ten minutes during ARTS operation. The FT-8800R comes with a mobile mounting bracket, DC cord and MH-48A6J Up-Down, illuminated DTMF microphone.

Features
  • Cross-Band Repeat
  • V+U/V+V/U+U Dual Band Operation
  • V+U Full Duplex Operation
  • 1000 Memories
  • 50 Watts Output (35 Watts on 430 MHz)
  • DCS
  • Backlit DTMF Mic
  • Alpha Numeric LCD
  • CTCSS Encode/Decode
  • DCS Encode/Decode
  • Smart Search
  • 1200/9600 bps Packet Jack
  • Hyper Memory (stores complete radio configuration)
  • Menu customization
  • ARTS™ Auto-Range Transponder System
  • Internet Key for Access to WIRES™


Yaesu FTM-10R - $349.95



The Yaesu FTM-10R dual bander operates on 2 meters and 70 centimeters. And it is just the ticket for outdoor motor sports communications! High power output is featured with 50 watts on 2 meters and 40 watts on 430 MHz. Three power levels are available for 2M/440: 50/40, 20/20 and 5/5 watts. Very extended receive includes: 0.5-1.8 [AM band], 76-108 [FM band], 108-137, 137-174, 174-222, 300-420, 420-470, 470-800 MHz and 800-999 MHz (less USA cellular blocked). And the FTM-10R features a rugged die cast chassis that can take punishment. Requires 13.8 VDC at 8.5 amps. 4.5 x 1.6 x 7 inches 2.9 lbs. (112x38x178mm). Your FTM-10R comes with: Mobile Mounting Bracket, Angle Adapter, Spare Fuses, Separation Cable (10 foot), DC Power Cord, Magnet, Front Panel Bracket, Speaker Cable and Hex Wrench (4/3 mm). Please note that this radio has a built-in mic that is activated by the PTT button on top of the radio. If a conventional hand mic is desired, it must be ordered separately. There are many options available for different mounting applications.

Features
  • CTCSS & DCS
  • 500 Alpha Memories
  • Clock with Event Timer
  • Bluetooth Ready
  • Dual Receive
  • Club Channel Monitor
  • VOX with automatic audio delay
  • Extended Receive
  • AM & FM Broadcast Band
  • Smart Search
  • Built in mic
  • Intercom Feature (requires options)
  • High Power 8W Audio Amp for PA
  • WIRES™ Ready


Kenwood TM-V71A - $369.95



The advanced Kenwood TM-V71A dual bander provides sophisticated, high-powered performance on 2 meters and 440 MHz. Power levels are 5/10/50 watts on both bands. The large radio display clearly conveys the status of the radio and can be set to green or amber. The radio's controls are very logical and feature separate volume/squelch for bands A and B.

This transceiver allows you to change the orientation of the front panel. Depending on where/how you installed the transceiver you may wish to flip the front panel upside-down for easier operation. 1000 Memories can be alpha tagged up to six characters. Other features include: scanning, weather alert, password, dual receive on same band and cross-band operation. This dual bander has ten dedicated EchoLink® memory channels as well EchoLink sysop-mode operation. The rear panel has dual audio outputs.

The Kenwood TM-V71A comes with: MC-59 hand mic (with Up-Down and DTMF), DC power cable, fuse, front panel mounting bracket, main unit mounting bracket, microphone hanger and English/Spanish Instruction Manual.

Features
  • 1000 Alpha Memories
  • Dual Display
  • Dual Receive on Same Band (VxV, UxU)
  • EchoLink® Ready
  • Wideband Receive
  • Weather Alert
  • Cross Band Repeater
  • DCS (104 codes)
  • Remote Head
  • Auto Simplex Checker
  • TNC Data jack
  • PL Decode/Encode
  • VHF 5/10/50W & UHF 5/10/50W
  • Selectable Amber/Green LCD


Alinco DR-635T - $389.95



The Alinco DR-635T is a new twin band mobile transceiver operating on the 2 meter and 70 cm bands. It has transmit coverage from 144 to 147.995 and 430-449.995 MHz. Receive coverage is 108 to 173.995 and 335 to 480 MHz. This includes the VHF air band in AM mode and the FM broadcast band 87.5 to 108 MHz in Wide FM mode. 200 alphanumeric memories are available. Power output on VHF is 50/20/5 watts and UHF is 35/20/5 watts. Dual band receiver with V/V, U/U, V/U and U/V capability. Yes, cross-band repeat is supported! The large, easy-to-read three color LCD shows status icons and alphanumeric tags. CTCSS & DCS encode/decode is included plus 4 different tone bursts. Other features include: auto power off, time out timer, tone burst, scan, channel lock-out, dimmer, VFO auto program, theft alarm function, narrow FM, power supply voltage display and remotable head. A fan on the rear panel insures cool operation during transmit. The front panel is remotable via the optional EDS-9 separation kit. The advanced 10F3 digital mode with speech compression technology is available via the optional EJ-47U board.

The supplied EMS-57 Electret Condenser DTMF Hand Mic supports parameter setting and direct frequency entry. The radio also comes with DC cable, mobile mounting bracket with hardware, anti-theft (ACC on/off) function cable and anti-theft sticker.



Icom ID-800H - $499.95



Enter the world of Digital Radio with the ICOM ID-800H 2M/440 dual bander. It features D-STAR Digital Voice Capability and supports 20 character short text messaging with on screen display. The ID-800H can transmit and receive D-STAR format digital voice and 950 bps data communication, simultaneously. The Digital features of the ID-800H are compatible with 2200H, V82 and U82 radios with the optional UT-118 installed. In addition, analog FM mode is also available. You get: detachable control panel, wideband receive, three power settings, built-in CTCSS decode/encode, PC compatibility and 500 alpha memory channels. Power output is 55/15/5 watts on 2 meters and 50/15/5 watts on 440 MHz. The ID-800H wideband receiver covers 118-173, 230-549 and 810-999 MHz (less cellular). The ID-800H includes a built-in duplexer, OPC-600/R separation cable, HM-133 remote hand mic, mobile mounting bracket, power cord and spare fuses. This model requires 13.8 VDC at 12 amps. The ID-800H is built tough to meet stringent U.S. Military Specifications.

Features
  • D-STAR Digital Voice Capability
  • Encode/Decode
  • 9600 BPS Packet Ready
  • 500 Alpha Memories (6 character)
  • Built-In Duplexer
  • FM Narrow capability
  • GPS position exchange with external GPS
  • Weather Alert
  • Three Output Levels
  • Detachable Control Head
  • Extended Receive
  • 16 DTMF Memories


Icom ID-880H - $499.95



Enter the world of Digital Radio with the ICOM ID-880H 2M/440 dual band mobile. Output power may be selected at 50, 15 or 5 watts. The receive range (USA version) is: 118-173.995, 230-549.995, 810-823.990, 849-868.990 and 894-999.990 MHz. Supported modes include: FM, AM (receive only) and DV. You get 1052 memory channels in 26 banks, with 8 character channel names. CTCSS/DTCS tone encode/decode is standard. Weather receive with weather alert is supported. This radio comes with the HM-133 DTMF mic, separation cable, mobile mounting bracket, remote head bracket, mic hanger, DC power cord and spare fuses. Free CS/80/880 programming software is available from the Icom website.



Kenwood TM-D710A - $534.95



The advanced Kenwood TM-D710A follows in the proud tradition of the popular TM-D700A. You will have a full 50/10/5 watts on both VHF and UHF. Key features include: internal clock for APRS®(Automatic Packet/position Reporting System) time and date stamp, APRS sort function, APRS filter function, APRS QSY function, APRS decay algorithm, APRS, proportional pathing, APRS voice alert, EchoLink ready, NOAA weather, 1000 memories and a sound card interface is built in. Versatile message with 100 messages (up to 67 characters each) is supported. There is also a NMEA 0183 GPS I/O port. And it can employed as part of Kenwood’s Skycommand System II+ when used with the TS-2000 series. The screen may be set for orange or green. There is a clock/date function.

The Kenwood TM-D710A includes: mic, DC power cable, panel cable, mounting bracket, panel bracket, manual and CD ROM.



Icom IC-2820H - $599.95



The ICOM IC-2820H 2M/440 dual bander has all the features you would expect and some you would not! You get: separate front panel, wideband receive, 3 power settings, built-in CTCSS decode/encode, selectable amber/green display, PC compatibility and 522 memory channels. V/V and U/U receive is available. The rear panel has two SO-239 antenna jacks to support diversity reception (two antennas required). The diversity function compares the receiving signal strength from two different antennas, ANT1 and ANT2, and automatically selects the strongest signal. This feature is useful when you are listening in a moving vehicle or the transmitting station itself is moving. The band scope function lets you watch conditions near the receiving frequency. Diversity receiving, for improved signal stability is available in 127 MHz, 136 MHz, 146 MHz, 375 MHz, 440 MHz and 500 MHz bands only (two antennas required).

The IC-2820H is D-STAR upgradable with the optional UT-123 Power output is 50/15/5 watts on 2 meters and 50/15/5 watts on 440 MHz. It is 9600 BPS packet ready too (6 pin DIN). This radio comes with full function backlit HM-133 remote DTMF hand mic, mounting bracket, power cord and spare fuses. Please note that the mic plugs into the body (not the head). Main unit size: 5.9 x 1.65 x 7.4 inches 3.3 Lbs (150x40x188mm 1.5 kg). Controller size: 5.9 x 2.6 x 1.25 inches 7.4 ounces (150x58x32mm 210g). This model requires 13.8 VDC at 12 amps. This radio is supplied with both the OPC-1663 (11 foot) and OPC-1712 (3.9 inch) head separation cables.

Features
  • Encode/Decode
  • Diversity Reception
  • 522 Memories
  • Weather Alert (USA only)
  • Band Scope
  • V/V, U/U Simultaneous Receive
  • Three RF Output Levels 50/15/5W
  • Left Band Receive: 118-549.99 MHz
  • Right Band Receive: 118-173.99, 375-549.99, 810-999.99 MHz (less cellular)
  • Optional UT-123 DV Digital Voice / GPS


Quad-Band (10-Meter, 6-Meter, 2-Meter, 70 cm) Mobile Radio


Yaesu FT-8900R - $399.95



The Yaesu FT-8900R quad bander gives you incredible power and flexibility on the road. Operate 10 meters, 6 meters, 2 meters and 70 centimeters. High power output is featured with 50 watts on 10, 6 and 2 meters and 35 watts on 430 MHz. It is like having two radios in one with dedicated Volume and Squelch controls on each side. Built in features include: duplexer and CTCSS/DCS Encode/Decode. Over 800 memories are available. It is WIRES compatible.

The FT-8900R features Yaesu's ARTS™ Auto-Range Transponder System, important in search-and-rescue applications. ARTS provides a "hand-shake" with other ARTS equipped transceivers and displays out of range or in range. A six character CW ID is also provided for your station every ten minutes during ARTS operation. The FT-8900R comes with a mobile mounting bracket, DC cord and MH-48A6J Up-Down, illuminated DTMF microphone.
The Diamond Company has designed an antenna expressly for this radio called the Diamond CR8900.

Features
  • Cross-Band Repeat
  • V+U/V+V/U+U Dual Band Operation
  • V+U Full Duplex Operation
  • 800 Memories
  • 50 Watts Output (35 Watts on 430 MHz)
  • DCS
  • Backlit DTMF Mic
  • Alpha Numeric LCD
  • CTCSS Encode/Decode
  • DCS Encode/Decode
  • Smart Search
  • 1200/9600 bps Packet Jack
  • Hyper Memory (store complete radio configuration)
  • Menu customization
  • ARTS™ Auto-Range Transponder System
  • Internet Key for Access to WIRES™


Hand-held 2-Meter and Multi-band Radios

Too many to list! Research them here if you wish:

Amateur Handheld Radios

Prices range from $99.95 (Yaesu VX-150) to $400.00 and up.
 
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