Dennis David wrote:
OK so the money is now officially burning a hole in my pocket. Do I buy an Icom IC-7000 or stick with a dual bander like a FTM-350. How well will the IC-7000 work in 2 meters? Will I be giving anything up in perfoermance to a dedicated rig? On HF the idea is to rag chew. I am not into contesting. I will have the radio in the vehicle but that's not to say I will be doing much talking going mobile. Mostly I will set up and talk at night under the stars kind of what you would do with a shortwave but now also transmitting.
I used it regularly in the past to do the OAUSA nets (admittedly at 50 watts)
What is meant by this?
The 50 watt comment was just a reference to the fact that it was not much of a measurement of a radio's capabilities when communicating with a repeater that was only 80 miles away. It's capabilities on 146 and 440 are more than adequate. It is not a dual bander, however. If you are only looking for a VHF/UHF radio, then it could be a waste of money to go with the 7000.
I am not an expert on other radios, so I will let the Yaesu and Kenwood guys weigh in here to give you their experience. As far as the 7000 is concerned I will mention the following. I've owned the radio for over two years now and it has not suffered a single failure nor required any maintenance. It has been on countless trips and been subjected to endless clouds of dust and dirt. It, along with it's dash companion, a Yaesu 8800, have been jarred, bumped and jostled over almost every kind of trail, the worst of which are the washboard and rocky ones.
It has allowed me to have a portal to the world through its HF capabilities. For me, this has meant the ability to work the Airmail program. Admittedly, I am not a rag-chewer or a contester (except Field Day) and what this has meant, in terms of radio selection, is that I am not interested in contacts much beyond this continent. What I care about is an ability to make contacts in all of the USA, Canada, and some of the Caribbean and Pacific Islands. For emergency and remote communications, with Airmail, the Radio has worked flawlessly. You can match this radio with HF antennas to use while mobile, if that is your desire. You can match a more efficient HF antenna, like a scorpion, for remote field use, if that is your choice. If you travel into remote areas, especially if you are beyond the reach of cell phones and VHF/UHF repeaters, you are well advised to be HF capable. The FT-350 will not give you this ability.
It will cost a bit more than some of the other mobiles, but it's filters and capabilities, more than make it's price competitive.