Being a Amateur Radio operator it’s important to have a solid station to use to make contacts. I personally break down my equipment into 3 types. Fixed station(sometimes known as a base station),a mobile station for use in the truck and a portable station. A portable station being self powered and portable in the sense I can carry on my person. Normally, but not limited to, a HT or handy talkie.
My portable station consists of the great Yaesu VX-8DR HT. It is a transceiver on 6, 2, 1.25 meters and 70cm bands. I’ll explain those bands in a post on the blog another day. This HT is a pretty stout little radio. It covers quite a few frequencies, it also has a built in TNC to allow for APRS operations. It is a little bit bigger than my palm and very easy to carry around. It is splash proof, rated and 3 feet for 30 minutes. A tough little radio.
Next part of the KK4EQM equipment list is my mobile radio. A Kenwood TM-V71A Dual Band 2 meter 70cm/440mhz. It put’s out a full 50W on both bands, it’s back light color is select-able to either be green or amber, Dual Receive on Same Band (VxV, UxU), and Echolink support. There’s quite a few other feature about the radio, but a more detailed review can be found at eHam or in a later posting here. I will mention one final thing that this radio does have the ability to separate the head from the radio for better mounting others.
Yaesu FT-950 and a TYT 9000.