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    Default Sooo I bought another radio

    Well after 2 years of dual banding, and playing on repeaters. I decided that it was time for a little more long distance simplex operation. VHF/UHF is pretty awesome for up to 75Km, but wanted to try my hand at 3-500km and maybe a little DXing when conditions are good.

    Sold my Yaesu FT8800 VHF/UHF rig, replaced it with a Yaesu FT8900 440/144/28/50 with cross band repeat. should be some more fun challenges.

    The radio is already programmed and installed in the truck (it is exactly the same physically as the 8800) just need a new antenna setup now, and I am good to go!

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    awesome! i really want to get a fixed unit with more power for my truck. my handheld has some serious range limitations.

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    Psst, HF is a lot of fun mobile as well. Tell the wife you need another radio..... I have a spare couch if you need to hit one up for a few days after the needing another radio.

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    Oh no it happened again. Just picked up a IC 706 HF CW all modes +2m

    still working on installing. I have an antenna for the 2m side. i'll have to get another for the HF. It uses 2 antennas.

    So ya. FT8900r with CR8900a antenna will be in the for sale in the for sale section later tonight

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    Well, its about time..
    I just sold my IC-7000 this spring from my truck. Just stuck with lonely 2 metre. I've shifted towards more SOTA operations for a spell.

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    Yes it has made things a little more complicated. The other truck is 2 meter only and can only monitor one freq, makes everything super easy just a little less fun.

    Now I have to re learn how to use and Icom. I picked up a cheap 20m mono band ham stick to get things started. Then I'll start figuring out (saving for) an all band antenna either that or just carry a couple more ham sticks. I have been reading that the 20m will work well with more then one band

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    i got a 75 metre ham stick. trade for a coffee with you.

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    Thats and offer I can't refuse! Now I just need to figure out when I can get a few minutes to get out your way

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    Quote Originally Posted by uriedog View Post
    Thats and offer I can't refuse! Now I just need to figure out when I can get a few minutes to get out your way
    Just remember I work the suthwest corner of YYC by the Stars hanger afternoons.

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