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Yaesu FT-2900R 75W 2m VHF Mobile Amateur Ham Radio EXPIRED

alpine_slick 112 98 March 19, 2016 at 05:43 PM in Tech & Electronics (4)
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Promoted 03-20-2016 by RevOne at 09:20 AM View Original Post
Ham Radio Outlet has Yaesu FT-2900R 75W 2 Meter VHF Mobile Amateur Ham Radio on sale for $119. Shipping is free. Thanks alpine_slick & snowmojo

Alternatively, GigaParts also has Yaesu FT-2900R 75W 2 Meter VHF Mobile Amateur Ham Radio on sale for $119. Shipping cost varies based on location.

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Edited March 19, 2016 at 09:19 PM by alpine_slick
snowmojo found it with free shipping here, getting the totl down to $119
http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cf...10078&oi=0

Thank you snowmojo

Radio is $119
Use code GREEN16 for $5 discount
Shipping is $15

Link -> http://www.gigaparts.com/Product-...oC3L3w_wcB



Amazon link -> http://www.amazon.com/Yaesu-FT-29...s=FT-2900R
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You need a tech license at minimal to use this http://www.arrl.org/getting-your-...an-license

It's not a hard test, license is cheap and lasts 10 years.

If you speak on the radio without a license, it is illegal. In addition, no licensed peson will talk back to you (you have to continusouly identify yourself while conversing, and other users will look up your call sign to verify who and where you reside.)

A majority of repeaters in the US now use the 70cm band (which this radio does not cover). Most radios like this therefore are dualband radios (cover both 2m & 70cm bands).

This radio of course is analog, but most repeaters in the US are analog. In the US, the minority of repeaters that use digital use the ICOM digitial system (which generally only ICOM radios offer).

If you're intending to put this radio in your car, your cigarette jack won't work for a power connection (unlike your CB radio). You need to connect this radio to heavy guage wire (with fuses) directly to your car's battery. You'll also need a mobile antenna designed for 2m.

If you intend to use this as a base station, your CB's little power supply don't work. You'll need a much larger power supply designed for radio transmissions (> $100) You'll also need a 2m base station antenna and cable. You can't simply hook your radio up to a mobile antenna and expect not to destroy the radio (your SWR would be WAY off),

Summary: get a tech license & look for a radio that also covers the 70cm band.
According to the FCC database, there are more licensed Hams now than ever before. If it was not growing, we would not see the recent increase of low cost radios!
I had the previous model for a while but never really used it. Everything worked, just I got out of ham radio after realizing almost all of the chats on the repeaters were about how someone's grand kids were doing.
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Same radio costs less at hamradio.com ($119 + free shipping)
http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cf...10078&oi=0
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Same radio costs less at hamradio.com ($119 + free shipping)
http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cf...10078&oi=0
Thank you for the link
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Amateur? I'm a professional!
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Antenna??
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I had the previous model for a while but never really used it. Everything worked, just I got out of ham radio after realizing almost all of the chats on the repeaters were about how someone's grand kids were doing.
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I had the previous model for a while but never really used it. Everything worked, just I got out of ham radio after realizing almost all of the chats on the repeaters were about how someone's grand kids were doing.
Ha! I'm 44 and curious about HAM but have avoided it for this reason.
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I had the previous model for a while but never really used it. Everything worked, just I got out of ham radio after realizing almost all of the chats on the repeaters were about how someone's grand kids were doing.
yeah, this is definitely a dying hobby
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Ha! I'm 44 and curious about HAM but have avoided it for this reason.
Your mileage depends on the area. Some places are like that, many are not
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Ha! I'm 44 and curious about HAM but have avoided it for this reason.
It's really not bad. There are those younger getting into it. We do enjoy doing communications for races, fireworks, and other community events. There are cheap Chinese radios (handheld, not mobile like this one) that are good for just getting into the hobby for under $50. There are also some great free study sites online to use to prepare for the licence exams.
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Facebook killed the ham radio i guess Smilie
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facebook killed the ham radio i guess Smilie
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According to the FCC database, there are more licensed Hams now than ever before. If it was not growing, we would not see the recent increase of low cost radios!
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BTW, this is a mobile radio, can easily be hooked into your car, and can be used to listen to the public safety frequencies, including the police radio.

Unless of course, it is prohibited to do so in your state and your local police have switched to digital.

Also note that transmitting to public safety frequencies will get you in trouble.
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