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Old 10-29-2018, 10:17 AM
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Default FPP Forest radios

I'm going to post this query in the Federal radio forum because I know the radios I'm wondering about came from the Forest Service.

A few years ago (it may be up to 10 years ago, I don't remember) a whole bunch of front panel programmable VHF P25 radios came on the second hand market. A lot of people bought them. I'm trying to remember the make and model. They were rather large, the battery mounted on the bottom, as opposed to the back. And if I remember right, they fell out of favor with many because the battery was rather difficult to find a replacement.

I'm kind of toying with watching for one on Ebay, but like I said, I'm having a dickens of a time remembering the name brand. I know it wasn't a name I see on here much, if at all. I apologize if this is too vague of a query.

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Old 10-29-2018, 10:25 AM
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Sounds like BK (Bendix King) radios. They could FPP by way of a dongle the fit in the accessory slot (or a properly placed paper clip).
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Either BK [Bendix King] or Regency/Relms

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I'm going to post this query in the Federal radio forum because I know the radios I'm wondering about came from the Forest Service.

A few years ago (it may be up to 10 years ago, I don't remember) a whole bunch of front panel programmable VHF P25 radios came on the second hand market. A lot of people bought them. I'm trying to remember the make and model. They were rather large, the battery mounted on the bottom, as opposed to the back. And if I remember right, they fell out of favor with many because the battery was rather difficult to find a replacement.

I'm kind of toying with watching for one on Ebay, but like I said, I'm having a dickens of a time remembering the name brand. I know it wasn't a name I see on here much, if at all. I apologize if this is too vague of a query.

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Thales 25 (also called Racal 25) is the radio. No dongles, still available (have 2) and they have fantastic receive ability. The FPP is even better than most ham hand helds. Batteries are expensive, but the radio is milled from a blcock of aluminum.
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The Racal/Thales T25 is also very thin compared to the BK or Relm radios. You can keyload the DES or AES from a laptop without a KVL. New batteries are about $106. Great radio overall and cheap these days.


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Thales 25 (also called Racal 25) is the radio. No dongles, still available (have 2) and they have fantastic receive ability. The FPP is even better than most ham hand helds. Batteries are expensive, but the radio is milled from a blcock of aluminum.
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The Bendix King LPH/EPH/GPH?
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Old 10-29-2018, 8:38 PM
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Several on the popular auction site. Search Thales 25 or Racal 25.
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Old 10-30-2018, 1:31 PM
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Thanks everyone. I googled pictures of the suggestions. It's the Racal I was thinking of. Jaspence and prcguy, any sources for the batteries you can think of? Thanks.
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Gemini Computers.

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Thanks everyone. I googled pictures of the suggestions. It's the Racal I was thinking of. Jaspence and prcguy, any sources for the batteries you can think of? Thanks.
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Old 10-31-2018, 10:42 AM
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Thales 25 (also called Racal 25) is the radio. No dongles, still available (have 2) and they have fantastic receive ability. The FPP is even better than most ham hand helds. Batteries are expensive, but the radio is milled from a blcock of aluminum.
Do you really need two of those? haha
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Do you really need two of those? haha
I have 6 of them. Want one?
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Thanks everyone. I googled pictures of the suggestions. It's the Racal I was thinking of. Jaspence and prcguy, any sources for the batteries you can think of? Thanks.
GTS makes some great batteries, though I haven't tried these specifically. The radio model is T25.

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