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Old 08-12-2018, 10:16 PM
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Default UHF/VHF (analog) mobile radio suggestions

Hello! I'm seeking recommendations. I would like to purchase a UHF/VHF comb analog (DMR would be a plus too), mobile radio. I'm not a Motorola fan. Has anyone had experience with TYT 9600 or some of the others out there? I own a TYT 2017 and I'm very happy with it. I'm trying not to break the bank!

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What is your planned usage? You posted this in the Industry Discussion section, so that suggests commercial use.
What are you licensed for?

Personally if you need an analog radio, you can get better equipment by going with the known brands. If you can do separate radios or even separate RF decks, you can do way better than Tyt.
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Great question! I'm a GMRS user currently. I'd like to purse my Ham license in the future. Honestly I plan on using it to listen the dwindling analog Public Safety in my area. Everyone is going P25 around here.
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What is your budget?

GMRS will require Part 95 certified UHF radio, which isn't hard to do, but limits you a bit.

If analog only is what you need, a Kenwood TK-7180 and a TK-8180 would do the trick. You can pick them up used pretty cheap. While not a combined radio, having two separate radios gives you some advantages.
A TK-7180 will cover from 136-174MHz and will work well on the amateur bands.
A TK-8180 will need to be a K2 model to do 70cm amateur and GMRS.

Benefits to going with a higher grade radio is that they have a lot more support and accessories. The audio is pretty outstanding. You can set these up as remote head radios, if space is a concern.
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Default UHF/VHF (analog) mobile radio suggestions

I'm seeking recommendations for a single, dual band radio. I'm so sorry for my ambiguity!

I, too, am a huge Kenwood fan like yourself. In fact, you've helped me in the recent past with programming questions. I've owned both the 7180 and 8180 and loved them dearly.

I don't believe Kenwood offers a dual band radio within my price range (<$300)?

I'm going to try to use this as a base station in my home if it matters at all.
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I'm seeking recommendations for a single, dual band radio. I'm so sorry for my ambiguity!
I doubt you will find a dual-band that is legal for use on GMRS. If this will be strictly for ham use, and monitoring other services, then a number radios could work. Considering the budget concern, a good used one should be found. (A Kenwood TM-V71 is good candidate.)

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Something like the Alinco DR-638T might fit the bill - Part 90 certified, TX coverage is 136-174 and 400-480 MHz.
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Something like the Alinco DR-638T might fit the bill - Part 90 certified, TX coverage is 136-174 and 400-480 MHz.
A radio needs Part 95 certification to be legal for GMRS.
Some have both 90, 95 and other parts but not the Alinco.
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This is true. But because there is a lack of decent Part 95 accepted radios out there, many GMRS users turn to Part 90 certified radios because they would theoretically meet all the certification requirements for 95 regarding RF emissions and such. We're very limited in the GMRS world as far as Part 95 certified radios, so some people make do with used commercial gear. Is this allowed according the the part 95 GMRS rules? No, if you go by the letter of the law. Yes, if you go buy the spirit of the law. Some radios do hold both part 90 and 95 certification, some do not as you mentioned. I threw the Alinco out there because it is a field programmable/tunable radio for the TX range OP wants. But I will leave it at that, I don't want to start a conversation that is outside the scope of the original post.
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I have a Wouxun KG-UV950P Quad Band radio.
It's been flawless for me so far and I've had it for
almost a year now. GMRS, FRS (capable, if you
choose to do so) MURS. It does 10, 11 meter FM
and AM receive. Air frequencies, 6 meter, 2 meter
and 400-480 UHF. Nice radio for <$300
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