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Texas T
06-19-2006, 14:52
Is there a Glock Talk comparable forum for Hams?

06-19-2006, 15:04
Originally posted by Texas T
Is there a Glock Talk comparable forum for Hams?



Sorry........couldn't resist...


06-19-2006, 15:49
It depends on what you are looking to do/learn about ham radio. There are tons of forums out there, but most are specific to a manufacturer, mode, band, etc etc.

Is there something specific you are interested in?

Texas T
06-19-2006, 19:25
Originally posted by martho
Is there something specific you are interested in? Nope. Like I said, something comparable to GT; good folks, good info, not specific to anything in particular.

06-20-2006, 03:20
There are some popular forums at QRZ (http://www.qrz.com/ib-bin/ikonboard.cgi).

I check several daily.. Q & A, Talk & opinion & ragchew are my usual haunts.


Texas T
06-20-2006, 19:50
Thanks. I'll take a look.

R. Emmelman
06-22-2006, 07:51


73 Rich WI9NDY

Texas T
06-25-2006, 20:54
Originally posted by R. Emmelman


73 Rich WI9NDY I was actually there earlier today. Looks pretty good. I was familiar with some of their equipment ratings as it popped up on a google search before I bought my IC-2AT units.

Any other place that is good for product reviews - or any specific magazines?

What about places to buy from - who typically has the best price/service/reputation?

I think at this point I'm primarily interested in a simple dual band handheld; doesn't need to have a lot of bells and whistles. I've heard good things about Icom, Yausu, Kenwood, and Alinco (lower priced but decent) but it's hard to know which of the big three (four) to really look at.

I know asking that is like asking "which gun should I buy" as everyone has their opinions on what is good/bad, but I'm willing to listen to whatever anyone has to say.

06-26-2006, 22:36
Although not too heavily Ham related, www.radioreference.com has a great forum. It tends to be a little more scanner related though.

06-27-2006, 01:29
I've had good luck with HRO (http://www.hamradio.com)
As for brands.. the top dogs seem to be Yaesu, Icom & Kenwood.
*I* prefer Yaesu myself but that's due to familiarity.

Heres the list of ham stores from the ac6v.com site:
Linkie (http://ac6v.com/stores.htm)

Many have "deals, rebates & incentives" so it pays to shop around. Also take a look at the used market especially at hamfests where you can get hands on, talk with the seller & ask for a demo.

Depending on your intentions & location I would encourage you to look at a mobile rig in lieu of an HT.. My reasoning:
An HT is limited to 5 watts output power.
The stock antennas on HT's genreally suck!!
HT's require charging or frequent battery replacement.
You "can" add external amplifiers, antennas, power supplies & speaker/mic's but look at the mess of wiring & hassle involved.

The mobile rigs dont cost that much more.
Offer power outputs from 5 to 50 or more watts (selectable)
Can be mounted in a vehicle or used as a base unit (interchangable)
All run from 12 volt sources (very common)
All will require a good antenna ie: a mag mount for mobile or a roof top mounted base. (many 'base' antennas can be home made very inexpensively from common parts)

I'm not downing HT's in fact I have a couple but the general consensus, from experienced hams, is that you will be much happier, and can do more with, a mobile rig rather than an HT. This is especially true if you are in a remote area with few hams and any distance to repeaters. Follow the QRZ.com forums & you'll see what I mean.

So theres my take on it.. Best luck & keep asking questions.


Texas T
07-03-2006, 14:41
Originally posted by FN64
Depending on your intentions & location I would encourage you to look at a mobile rig in lieu of an HT.. My reasoning:
Good input. Thanks.

The reason for the HT interest is that this would be more for a SHTF situation than anything else. If the interest continues I'll consider a mobile for the reasons you list but right now that's not imperative.

I'm also going into a new position on Monday with a company provided car and I don't know what their feelings are regarding "installing" stuff.

Y - I - K are the three brands I've primarily been looking at with some sideward glances at the Alinco products as well (from a cost savings standpoint)