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HT Advice Jan 8th 2018, 20:29 1 1,641 on 8/1/18

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HT Advice KW4CSA on 8/1/18
Being new to amateur radio I am near the front end of my learning curve. My job requires me to travel a lot and I would like to get an HT to take with me. After looking at what is available and pricing, right now it is a toss up between a Yaesu FT2DR and a Yaesu VX-8DR but that changes almost daily.

I am looking for a dual band (2M and 70CM) with at least 5W output and good battery life.

I was wondering if anyone could offer any advice on what to look for in an HT as in which whistles and bells are desirable and which ones are really not needed.

Any thoughts would be welcome.
On the road freq's Marksail2 on 24/11/17
The Ham equivalent of Ch 19 for CBers is something I would be very interested in. After many years of planning on doing it but just never getting around to it I finally took the test and made the jump from CB to amateur radio. I just installed my new ham rig (IC-7100) in my Jeep and am trying to get it configured. I have scanned 2 meter from 144.1 to 148 and 10 meter from 28.3 to 28.7 on FM, AM and USB but so far all I've gotten is static. My 10 meter antenna is close enough to 11 meter that I can tune down to the 27 MHz range and pick up my CB walkie-talkie. It is not very clear but I can tell there is someone there. If there is the equivalent of CH 19 for ham (please specify AM, FM or USB) that might be my best bet for finding someone on the air. I'm a little hesitant to crack the mic until I get some SWR issues resolved but I figure there is no reason I can't listen in to start picking up the on-air protocols before going live.

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