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Old 12-17-2012, 11:21 PM
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Default Icom 2820H or Yaesu FTM350?



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Good Evening,
I'm trying to decide which two-way radio to buy. My primary requirement is that the radio be able to monitor two frequencies. These radios do both. I'm planning to mount them in this console by Ram http://www.rammount.com/EmptyPages/S...7/Default.aspx

Both of these radios have separate faceplates. The Yaesu head unit is mounted via a suction cup. The Icom uses magnets. I don't think that the suction cup route is very sturdy. Both radios have recieved decent reviews.

Has anyone out there mounted any of these in a emergency-vehicle type console? Opinions?

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Old 12-18-2012, 08:45 AM
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Might want to look at the Yaesu 8800 as well.. Of the two listed I would go with the icom, The 8800 would be a lower cost option if you didnt want to add dstar.
Old 12-18-2012, 07:43 PM
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Between the IC-2820H and the FTM-350AR, I'd go with the FTM-350AR. In fact, I have that radio on my near-term buy list for the truck.

A couple of things:

1. The Yaesu is about $70 cheaper than the Icom. When you add on GPS capability, the price delta is even wider. The FGPS-1 module for the Yaesu is $70, the IC-UT123 module for the Icom is $275. So, it's $630 for the Yaesu and $905 for the Icom.

2. The Yaesu transmits location data using standard APRS, the Icom uses their proprietary GPS-A format. If you want to be able to use location aware applications or find me functionality, APRS is pretty much the standard.

3. The Yaesu has cross-band repeat functionality. I'm not 100% positive that the Icom does not, but I couldn't find any reference to it in their literature, so I'm guessing not. It's a handy feature to be able to use 440 from the HT to the vehicle, and repeat on 2m (and vice versa).

The Icom has D-STAR - if you buy the IC-UT123. So if you have an Icom D-STAR capable radio and you want to do digital voice, the Icom is probably the logical choice. Personally, I find D-STAR to be about as useful as a screen door on a submarine, but that's me.
Old 12-19-2012, 12:30 AM
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Of the 2, I would take the 350. However, I recommend you consider the new FTM-400 D. It should be available early next year according to Yaesu.

Also, look at the new matching HT: http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/0111.html
Old 12-19-2012, 04:19 AM
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I have the 2820 and so far i like it. Easy to to program via the software and reliable.
It passed two Canadian winter and hot summer.

Don't have the D-Star on it.
Can't comment the the Yaesu
Old 12-19-2012, 06:58 AM
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I have the 2820 and so far i like it. Easy to to program via the software and reliable.
It passed two Canadian winter and hot summer.

Don't have the D-Star on it.
Can't comment the the Yaesu
Can you confirm whether or not the 2820 has cross band repeat?
Old 12-26-2012, 01:45 AM
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Hello again,
Well, I had decided on the Yaesu 350 until the link for the 400 was posted. Wow! The buttons are actually labeled. Who would have thought of that? hehehehe.

Does anyone have a solid idea on when it's coming out? In the meantime, I guess my over time pay will go towards buying that console. Thanks everyone for posting.
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Just to let you all know, Ham Radio Outlet is taking pre-orders. They will let you all know when the radio becomes available and notify you first.
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Old 02-28-2013, 12:38 PM
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I have the Icom 2820 and it's great. My friends and I have had nothing but trouble with Yeasu radios. Including not honoring their warranty. The 2820 does everything you could ask. It WILL crossband repeat. It has extended receive and can be modified to talk on the GMRS/FRS and Marine radio bands. If you get interested, later on, you can add the Dstar digital module.
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