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Old 06-08-2017, 8:47 PM
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Update: I've been using my new Jetwstream JT270MH mobile and really like it. It had a few intermod issues on a big Comet GP-9 base antenna but driving all around LA, CA mobile with a Larsen 2/70 dual band antenna its working as good as any Yaesu, Icom or Kenwood mobile I've owned in recent times.

Jetstream is made in China but its a US specific brand as far as I know and sold through all the US amateur dealers. It cost under $90, is real easy to program via the radio or supplied software and its the smallest mobile radio I've seen. If it breaks in 5yrs you won't feel so bad compared to a broken $350 radio.
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Thanks for the update. I did look at that and I am considering it. Looks like it can be had for just under $90 with free shipping from randl.com.
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One thing I have not seen mentioned, is are you willing to have a used radio?

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Yes, I am willing to consider used and I've been watching the classifieds (craigslist, ebay, ham outlet, etc) a couple of times a week.
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I have had my Baofeng UV5R for 8 months now still going good. Infact looking into getting thier new tri band HT for Christmas this year still uses the same batteries and mic and such. I get out great thru the DFW Metroplex
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I have had my Baofeng UV5R for 8 months...
The OP is looking for a mobile radio.
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Yes, I am willing to consider used and I've been watching the classifieds (craigslist, ebay, ham outlet, etc) a couple of times a week.
The best places to watch for used amateur equipment are eham.net classifieds and QRZ.com online swap meet. Nearly ALL of the listers are hams.

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https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?for...ar-for-sale.7/

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I have the same Jetstream radio and I've been pretty pleased with mine. It also is marketed as the Leixen UV-898S. Just make sure with both you get the latest version of the firmware (1.07 I believe it is) as its interface is better than the previous versions and makes programming from the radio actually pretty easy. I've seen the Leixen in the $75 range, but you do get a one year warranty in the US through Jetstream so it may be worth a few dollars more for that option.

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Update: I've been using my new Jetwstream JT270MH mobile and really like it. It had a few intermod issues on a big Comet GP-9 base antenna but driving all around LA, CA mobile with a Larsen 2/70 dual band antenna its working as good as any Yaesu, Icom or Kenwood mobile I've owned in recent times.

Jetstream is made in China but its a US specific brand as far as I know and sold through all the US amateur dealers. It cost under $90, is real easy to program via the radio or supplied software and its the smallest mobile radio I've seen. If it breaks in 5yrs you won't feel so bad compared to a broken $350 radio.
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Save your money, wait and get something that will last you almost forever.

I own a Kenwood TM-V71 for my base and an Icom ID-5100A for my truck. Both are great radios.

The Kenwood I had to save for several months to get. I got lucky and won the Icom in an online contest/sweepstakes. I had been saving for a truck mobile for several months before I won the Icom.

To be honest, most all of my radio equipment has been purchased via overtime money only. I do not take any money for this hobby out of my family budget. Took me a almost year of working overtime shifts to get my HF rig and associated gear purchased.

Point is, I am not rich or blessed with bunch of disposable income, however I am willing to save and wait as long as it takes to buy a radio "once" and have something that will work good out of the box and last me for as long as I need it.

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I have the same Jetstream radio and I've been pretty pleased with mine. It also is marketed as the Leixen UV-898S. Just make sure with both you get the latest version of the firmware (1.07 I believe it is) as its interface is better than the previous versions and makes programming from the radio actually pretty easy. I've seen the Leixen in the $75 range, but you do get a one year warranty in the US through Jetstream so it may be worth a few dollars more for that option.
Is it smaller than that yaesu from like 4 years back that had the magnetic head with Bluetooth instead ofbthe mic , I can't remember the model ,it seemed like it was here and gond very quickly.

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Is it smaller than that yaesu from like 4 years back that had the magnetic head with Bluetooth instead ofbthe mic , I can't remember the model ,it seemed like it was here and gond very quickly.
The FTM-10?

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