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Old 02-19-2012, 10:36 AM
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Anyone have any experience with this radio? Pros/Cons, better radio recommendation for less than $500?
Old 02-19-2012, 10:51 AM
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Read the reviews on eham.com. They give it a 4.5 out of 5
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/3427

BTW, wifes family is from the Smithfield, Battery Park and Va Beach.

Do you have your ticket yet?
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Old 02-19-2012, 11:24 AM
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Armordude,
Thanks for the link. I am also looking at the ICOM IC 880.
I do not have my ticket yet, Just beginning to look at equipment.
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You can put the ICom radio in google and look for the eham review on it. Also check your PM.
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I have the 8900 and really like it. It's the same radio as the 8800 with the addition of 6 and 10 meters. If I hadn't wanted 6m I'd have gotten the 8800.

I like that it's really two radios in one box. I like having a home channel on one side while scaning on the other. Though, ****ering with two radios while mobile might not be the best idea.
I also like the ability to cross band repeat.
If I didn't want/need dual VFOs and cross band repeat I'd get the 7900.
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not a bad radio, i took mine out of the truck, replaced it with a kenwood D710 for aprs function so now it sits in a box in the shack.
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I also have the FT 8900 and I love it. A close friend has an 8800 and he loves his radio too. Yaesu makes a wonderful product and they will usually last a long time. I have Yaesu radios in my shack that are older than I am and they work well. Some recommendations for the radio. If you get the 8800/8900, get the programming cable and software for it. There is a program called FTB8800, it costs around $15 and the cable can be found from Kawa Mall also for around $15. While the radio is fairly easy to manually program, the software makes loading it much easier and less time consuming.
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I have an 8800 in my truck. I really have no complaints with it short of the non-backlit displays. Being able to relocate the head is worth that sacrifice.
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not a bad radio, i took mine out of the truck, replaced it with a kenwood D710 for aprs function so now it sits in a box in the shack.
Did you have it remotely mounted when it was in your truck?
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Great radio.. Also relatively easy to modify to open it up to transmit out of ham band - (GMRS, MURS, business/emergency bands - all of which is illegal however - but not something you will be worrying about if tshtf.. Also has cross band repeater function, allowing the radio to extend communications to/from other stations.
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I am considering this radio as well and would like to know how much degrade or sensitivity lost if the 8800 / 8900 use out of band in the frs / gmrs range ( 462mhz - 467mhz range )?

Thank you in advance.
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Armordude,
Thanks for the link. I am also looking at the ICOM IC 880.
I do not have my ticket yet, Just beginning to look at equipment.
The yaesu 8800 is a nice full feature radio. Traditional dual bandradio , good number of memories, remote head and full feature set.

The Icom IC880 is a nice radio as well. A bit inmature on feature set outside the Dstar functionally. Some odd ball things, Power is set at the radio level and not on the channel level. You can program high power or low power on a specific channel. I have one and for dstar its one of the few options. If dstar isnt your primary goal another radio might be a better option.
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I am considering this radio as well and would like to know how much degrade or sensitivity lost if the 8800 / 8900 use out of band in the frs / gmrs range ( 462mhz - 467mhz range )?

Thank you in advance.
Id like to know this too. How do I modify this radio to operate on other bands? So I cannot use murs with this radio unless I modify it first?
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Id like to know this too. How do I modify this radio to operate on other bands? So I cannot use murs with this radio unless I modify it first?
You cant use the 8800 on MURS, FRS or GMRS at all, At least not legally.
Its only legal on the ham bands.
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I'd wait a couple weeks. Dayton is coming up and Kenwood is announcing a new radio. I wouldn't be surprised if other MFGs do too.

(even if you don't want the brandy-new, untested, latest greatest rig, it can cause the price of older proven rigs to drop.)
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Id like to know this too. How do I modify this radio to operate on other bands? So I cannot use murs with this radio unless I modify it first?
FT-8800 modifications are all over the internet and anyone with even the most basic skill can perform that modification. The problem with that modification is that the radio will not operate at the 2 watt limit needed for MURS and the 500mW limit needed for FRS. Additionally, the radio has not been certified for use under Part 95 or Part 90, although it probably wouldn't be hard to get, afterall since the Baofeng UV-3R is Part 90 certified then it shouldn't be too hard to get Part 90 certification for a cheese sandwich.
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