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BigLebowski

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Putting chicom electronics in a fancy shell is still putting lipstick on a pig.

They look cool for the shelf but they don't work well. I would avoid them. Funny though, they do have more bells and whistles than the real deal.
 

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What do they do that the real ones don't? Nothing that I know of. Their are some real ones out there surplus here and there. With that you get the looks and performance.

Putting chicom electronics in a fancy shell is still putting lipstick on a pig.

They look cool for the shelf but they don't work well. I would avoid them. Funny though, they do have more bells and whistles than the real deal.
 

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What do they do that the real ones don't? Nothing that I know of. Their are some real ones out there surplus here and there. With that you get the looks and performance.
They handle low band and offer encryption. They are completely different radios in many ways.
 

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Well for starters on the real deal you can only access 5 presets from the knob before you have to go scrolling through in FP mode. You can scan all the channels if you want and you have dual receive whereas on the real ones you can only scan 10 presets (and slowly) and are locked to one channel at a time. You also don't have the HUB to deal with which is a pain in the ass.

Of course the real one offers 30-512 (or 870) continuous, AM/FM, digital modes, and encryption. Oh, and actual performance! It's a very purpose-built radio.

What do they do that the real ones don't? Nothing that I know of. Their are some real ones out there surplus here and there. With that you get the looks and performance.
 
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