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HF radio dilemma
Topic Started: Tuesday, 20. March 2018, 10:00 (494 Views)
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Im looking to go HF mobile, and need recommendations what to do. ( or validation that my thought process is correct )

Ive got an extremely nice Kenwood TS-480SAT thats only been out the box a few times, but the Truck also doubles as a mobile tackroom, and with going down the yard twice a day is permanently full of dust/bits of hay etc. Its really far too good to trash by mobile installing it.

Im also not keen on the silly Microphone separation idea on this radio.

Stupidly, a few years ago when I "wasnt going to do radio again" I sold a Yaesu FT-857. I really liked this little rig, and used it with the longwire automatic tuner, so I know its very good at controlling external stuff.

Im really torn between moving the kenwood on, and getting another 857, and the Yaesu automatic mobile antenna, or selling some radio stuff on and looking out for a cheap alinco DX-70 that I wouldnt mind if it gets abused.

Thoughts ?

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SydtheCat
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Hi Steve

Yaesu 891 is HF only but sure is a cracking rig especially with the latest firmware update

Very easy to install too :thumb: and a real bargain atm


Craig
Edited by SydtheCat, Tuesday, 20. March 2018, 10:22.
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Yaesu FTdx 3000 - Sirio GM - MD 200 mic
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SydtheCat
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Hi Steve

Yaesu 891 is HF only but sure is a cracking rig especially with the latest firmware update

Very easy to install too :thumb: and a real bargain atm


Craig
hmm they do look a lot of radio for the money
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had a 891 and they are great but you still going to be trashing a brand new expensive radio.
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Why Not keen on the separation? I mean, that's the whole point of the design

I had my 480HX installed in the boot - out of the way but ventilated, and had a 5m separation kit to the head unit which I took out of the car each time I used it.
The idea worked great, and kept both in great condition.
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I dont like the need for a separate mic cable, theyve missed a trick not having it plugged into the front panel. The only place I could install the radio unit in the pickup is under the rear seat, not ideal, not good from a ventilation point of view,and not easily removeable if I do want to use it at home.

An 857 sized rig will fit above the car radio in the dash centre and can be grabbed out and taken out of the pickup easily and quickly, however without some form of tuner Im tied to using a Yaesu ATAS antenna which gets mixed reviews. Swings and roundabouts really

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the 891 doesnt have a tuner built in
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Would an ic7000 or 706MkIIG or similar, with a separation kit be an alternative solution to your dilemma? Excellent filtering on these rigs for eliminating mobile install noises. Mic plugs into the facia unit and they also cover VHF. Can pick up the 706 very cheap these days being an older rig, and even the ic7000 can be found at a reasonable price. Can often get either of these with their dedicated external ATU 2nd hand.

Edited by Lowflyer, Saturday, 24. March 2018, 16:36.
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got the Kenwood out of its box at the weekend with a view to taking pictures foe Ebay. I havent even removed the plastic cover off the display or the kenwood badge on the main unit, gave the unit a quick fondle and boxed it all up again.

currently looking at squirreling funds away/selling car bits, and Ill see what the lie of the land is rig wise when I can put my mioney where my mouth is

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Sourced a mint Icom 706mkiig off ebay after a few beers last night, whoops.

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Looks a very nice radio. If price is reasonable and radio in good working order this looks like a good purchase.
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radio arrived yesterday. Its a tidy little thing.

Ideally Im going to separate it and fit the front panel where the CB rig was, over the car radio, however of course the separation cables are obselete, there are a few separation kits on ebay in the states but they are silly money.

Already looking at spring loaded test pins, Im sure with some of those and a bit of work on the milling machine I can come up with something
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bit of progress.

bought a moonraker single band 20M mobile whip for now. Had a listen about over the weekend and its doing ok on receive.

SWR is only down to 1.7 but Ive noticed that on shortening the whip to get it resonant some of the whip section is proturuding into the base loading section so it needs a bit snipping off.

Bonus, had a look inside the radio and its got a narrow SSB filter fitted.

Ive also been browsing for separation cables, theyre still silly money, but notied on one of the forums someone has come up with an ICOM to RJ-45 adaptor kit, using the very spring loaded pins I was looking at, so an order has gone in for one.

Also picked up a mobile mounting bracket for the radio unit.

Ill post install pics up when its in place.
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