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Wife just got a mazda rx8, that is the the smallest 2m mobile on the market? Not much room, but trying to work a mobile in. thanks
Yaesu claims to have the world's smallest mobile tranceiver, the Yaesu FT-100 http://www.yaesu.co.uk/amateur/hf/ft100/ft100.htm
wow! that is small, either way though, lots of radios regardless of size have detatcheable faces where you can mount the mic and the face on the dash or wherever and mount the actual tranceiver somewhere else in the vehicle, I have a Yaesu FT-8900R, i dont have the remote kit for it, but it has that feature, and just let me say that Yaesu makes a great radio.
The smallest mobile radio is a yaesu FT90R, it is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. I don't like it though since it is too small.
I looked it up, it is actually smaller than the mic.
any idea where to get an ft90r?
go here and look up a dealer near you.
www.hamradio.com is HROs website.
Yaesu FT-90R - can remote mount the faceplate anywhere...
(Cellphone pic - couldn't find my digital camera batteries)
I'm too lazy to do the research right now, but what would be the going rate for a in-car radio? What would be the advantage of using one instead of an HT?
For those with removable faceplates, does the microphone plug into the faceplate?
How easy is it to do a zero-damage install in your car?
Rember most radios have large HEAT SINKS on the rear for a reason. The smaller the radio the smaller the heat sinks, and your still putting out 5-10 watts. Do your self a favor and go to WWW.eham.com and look at the product reviews, you will see that is a verry large complaint. If you go with the detachable face get a larger unit and, save your self some trouble's.
I used to have a FT8100. Never remote mounted it because they wanted $90 for the remote mount kit, not much more than a cable.
Recently switched to an Icom 2720 which is made for remote mounting. Added a MB-65 which is tape mounted to the top of the dash. This puts the control head in my line of sight so it's safer to operate.
I also have an FT-90 which I throw on the seat of one of the other cars when needed. I think the FT-90 is no longer manufactured. AES had them for $249 but show them as sold out. But the remote kit is down to $55, so maybe I should order one?
Also note that the FT-90 is not a dual receiver radio. Dual band yes, but not dual receive as some others are.
I have a FT-90R and love it!! However, they discontinued the unit. Try ebay. It's worth it.
A couple thoughts/comments...
The secret to a zero-damage mobile install is the self adhesive Velcro-type strips from Radio Shack..
The smaller the removable front panel, the less chance there is of a front panel mike jack... the remote mount kit usually includes a mike extension cable.
The FT90 front panel can be mounted with a piece of chewing gum if need be ... it's that small and lightweight.
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