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Raptor wrote:Carrying weapons openly and dressing in cammies (even if legal in the area) will get you killed.
Kommander wrote:So now ... we [are] worried that we may be faced with multiple heavily armed and armoured assailants in our day to day life ... I must have accidentally stumbled into the Somalia chapter subform or something.
crypto wrote:It's not that you were being "harsh" so much as a "douchebag".
williaty wrote:After looking at it a bit harder, the IC-718 is off the list due to the somewhat high current draw while just monitoring. If I can just buy my way into 30-40% less power consumption, that makes the requirements on battery pack Ah a lot less. That makes the only two contenders for an HF rig the FT-450D and the Kenwood TS480SAT. They're priced within pennies of each other, have similar power demands, and both seem to be well liked. Any thoughts?
On the 2m/70cm front, I read up more on the 880H and found a lot of people saying that they were pretty disappointed in the analog FM performance of the thing, suspecting that Icom had spent more of the purchase price on the DSTAR circuitry. That makes me wary of buying it because no one around here other than Franklin County ARES uses DSTAR at all. I think that punts me over to the FT-7900R for that rig. As far as I can tell, if you pay more to step up in the Yaesu VHF/UHF model line, you don't actually get anything useful for the extra money you're spending.
KJ4VOV wrote:Two thoughts:
First, if your local ARES is using D-Star you'll probably want that capability. If it wasn't used much in your area, yeah, I'd ditch it and save the money, but if the SHTF you may be cursing yourself for not having D-Star to follow the ARES traffic.
Second, if you're going for a dual bander, go for the FT-8800. Yeah, it's double the price, but it's a true dual with dual VFO's and cross band capability, which comes in really handy to boost the range of your HT.
I can honestly say I've never seen a case where the cross-band-repeat was actually useful. I suspect that some of this is because I come from the Land of the Great Big Flat, so even a modest height repeater has a footprint several counties across. Hell, I'm in the center of Ohio and we have to use tone squelch because you can hear the repeater from Columbus and the one from Cleveland that are on the same frequency and both have LOS to my area. Anyway, the only thing a dual-receive radio has ever done is to be confusing when both sides talk at once.
How often do you see it being necessary in the real world?
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