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Old 09-12-2018, 8:21 PM
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Looking for some opinions on a good, but
below or just at, $200 Dual Band radio that
would cover VHF and UHF up into the 500's.
Seeing some of the TYT radios are there but
I'm not sure how good TYT brand is.
I am starting to like the Icom radios more and more
lately.

Any suggestions? Used will be ok also
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About 50 dollars outside of price range. But could find it cheaper or something similar on ebay,eham classifieds etc.
https://www.universal-radio.com/cata...xvrs/0725.html
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I've had a TYT TH-9800 as my travel radio for several years. It's a quad bad radio, but I've never used it on 10m or 6m. It performs well.
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ANY Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, or Alinco radio is light years better than any CCR. Plus you get USA support. Yes they will cost a little more, but amortized over a few years, we're talking 10 cents a day.
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ANY Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, or Alinco radio is light years better than any CCR. Plus you get USA support. Yes they will cost a little more, but amortized over a few years, we're talking 10 cents a day.
I use some Alinco products and I like them very much. That being said, Alinco has released collaborative models with Anytone. There are some superficial differences between the Anytone versions and Alinco versions but essentially they are the same base hardware for those respective models.

TL;DR - Some Alinco innards = Anytone innards.
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ANY Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, or Alinco radio is light years better than any CCR. Plus you get USA support. Yes they will cost a little more, but amortized over a few years, we're talking 10 cents a day.
Oh how I agree with this. After trying a Powerwerx DB-750X, I have become so frustrated with it. While I do like the speaker in the Microphone, the scan rate and other negative things remind me of why I like the radios from the Big 3 [can't comment on Alinco mobiles as have not used them].
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Buy a used major name, not a CCR. While I like Kenwood, find what works for you.

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I'm in agreement with mule1075. I believe if you add another $50 to your price point and go with the
Yaesu FTM-7250DR you will be happy. You'll have a name brand dual band radio and you can talk
digital with its C4FM System Fusion option.

I'm very satisfied with the Yaesu and I've got two of them. Just my opinion, of course.

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Some good information and opinions.
This is proving to be something of a riddle for me.
While I like one radio, I find another I like better, then
discover the one I like more has less options and
features, which leads me to a 3rd radio that I start
to like more, but ultimately leads to a 4th radio...
and so on.

So far, I seem to gravitate towards the Yaesu and
(believe it or not) the TYT TH-9800.
I like the price and the quad band of the TYT
I like the stability and popular opinions of the Yaesu.
Having said that, $50 does seem trivial, but I lose
a lot of Rx bands and 2 Tx bands with the Yaesu.
I LOVE the Yaesu FT-8900. HATE the price. I would
buy this used at a good price if I could trust the seller.

Still looking though.
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but I lose
a lot of Rx bands and 2 Tx bands with the Yaesu.
It depends on if there is any activity on 6 or 10 FM. I am in Seattle. Big population area with many hams. Very little activity on 6 or 10 FM. Not a lot on SSB either these days for that matter! I had a 6 FM rig in the car for a year or so and sold it.
There may be something to listen to outside of the ham bands with that radio but maybe not a lot. You'd have to research that in the RR database.

There are also antenna concerns for the two extra bands, 6 and 10 meters.

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