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How many HT's have you owned through the years?

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Moleculo, Dec 12, 2009.

  1. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator Staff Member

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    I don't know why, but I was wondering to myself how many HT's I've owned. I know it's not all that many compared to some of you guys, but I think it would be an interesting topic. Also, which one did you hate the most and which one is/was your favorite?

    Here's my list:
    Icom IC-T90A - My first HT and one of my favorites user interfaces. Unfortunately I had one of the early models that had such bad intermod, it was unusable on 2m in L.A.

    Yaesu VX-5r - only had this one for a short time. It might have been a loaner, I don't remember

    Yaesu VX-6r - Used it for a while and traded it for something, I don't remember what

    Yaesu VX-7r - Got stolen before it was very old. The biggest complaint that I had with the VX-5,6,7r was that the user interface wasn't very intuitive. If you didn't have a photographic memory, you weren't going to remember how to do certain features. They were always pretty rugged and reliable, though.

    Kenwood TH-F6a - one of my favorites. I had this one for several years before I sold it to buy a new one. The only HT I ever owned that had LSB, USB, & CW RX capability on HF. I with I still had one.

    Yaesu VX-2r - Good little radio for your pocket. Worked good for what it is.

    Yaesu VX-8r - Still have it. Still love it. Some things could be improved (like the price!) but GPS, APRS, mega memories, waterproof, bluetooth, all very fun to play with

    Alinco DJ-G7 - Crossband repeat on any two bands and also has 1.2 Ghz. Good, basic rugged radio. Easy to use, but some quirks. Nothing fancy, but not too pricey either. Comes with a lot of accessories for the price. 1.2Ghz on an HT is not all it's cracked up to be.



    What's on my wish list: The new Kenwood APRS HT coming out 2010.


    What's your HT story?
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  2. GLR

    GLR Keeping It Good Natured

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    hmmm...I've owned a bunch but very rarely have I owned a new one other than the Chinese HT's which these days I strongly prefer

    I'd have to spend some time looking and thinking back to come up with a complete list.

    Had very few Yaesu radios, more Icoms.
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  3. Sonwatcher

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    2-HTX-202

    HTX-404

    HTX-420
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  4. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    T90a ( always liked it )
    IC-91AD ( very good indeed.. using computer for memories)
    THF6a (2 of them...not as good as icoms except having 220 band)
    Motorola 1250LS ( nice but not exactly my cup of tea )
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  5. 74IN

    74IN Well-Known Member

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    None.

    The house has three rigs(706MKIIG,Yeasu 8100, Kenwood 430), the Jeep has a dual band (Yeasu 8500), the work truck has a 2M ( Icom 2000).

    I can cope without constant radio contact.:LOL:

    Well, maybe.:laugh:
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  6. HiDef

    HiDef Active Member

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    Drake TR-22

    Yaesu FT-208R

    Icom O2A
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  7. KingCobra_CDX882

    KingCobra_CDX882 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    That O2A is designed for sat work If i remember right ?
    How do you like it ?
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  8. Radio Tech

    Radio Tech Radio Operator

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    The O2A was one of the older Icom HT's. The thing was the size of a brick. And about as rugged as one. I had about 5 of these at one time. I also had the O3 and O4. 220 & 440mhz. 10 men channels and 5 watts. Those were good rigs.

    Since I worked at both GE and EF johnson in the past, my HT count is well above 75 or so. I have about 15 or so at the present.
    Icom's
    Kenwood
    Realistic
    ADI
    Wilsom
    Standard
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  9. Wire Weasel

    Wire Weasel Senior Moment

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    HTX 202

    IC W32A (2) Had one of the first generation of these which would obtain a goodly amount of out-of-band reach including 800mhz with a simple Keyboard Command
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  10. Chop

    Chop Active Member

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    Realistic TRC-207
    Realistic TRC-216
    Realistic TRC-234
    Vertex VX-150
    Wouxun KG-UVD1p
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  11. milkman21218

    milkman21218 W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Only one Yaesu VX-170
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  12. surfpaddler

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    My first handheld was an Icom IC-2GAT. nice built like a brick, 6 or 7 watts as I recall. Sold it years ago.

    I currently have two VX-8r's and a Kenwood Th-22at. I love the Kenwood; simple, compact, easy to store channels in memory. Feels good in my hand. 6 watts output with a larger battery!

    The VX-8's are an incredible bit of engineering. So much in so little space. I wish they had a little different design for their waterproof enclosure. Mine spend most of their time in the water, unfortunately salt-water. Even with a fresh water rinse after use the metal exposed is showing signs of attack. My stand alone GPS is a garmin and has no exposed metal components, this woudl have been nice on the VX-8. Oh well. maybe next time.

    I wish Kenwood made a waterproof HT. Clearly my desires are not in the mainstream. I love tiny and multi featured.
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  13. cliffdweller

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    Tempo S1 (no DTMF)-long since bit the dust
    Yaesu FT-411 (with FTS-17 Tone Encoder)-still have this one, rcvr front-end not so hot
    Icom IC-T7H
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  14. wx5atx

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    In Order

    HTX-202
    Kenwood TH-79a
    Icom IC-DELTA1A! Real dumb to let it go
    Alinco DJ-580
    Another ICOM IC-DELTA1A but it was a tech special. never got it to work
    Yaesu VX-7R
    And yes ANOTHER IC-DELTA1A that i got for a steel on ebay for $140
    another vx-7r
    and last but not least my new addition Yaesu VX-8R which this one is the only ham radio I have left.
    hard times call for hard sacrifices but you got to do what you got to do but i will build it up again but love the vx-8r
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  15. 89gta

    89gta W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Hmmm, Let me think....This should be it I believe:

    Yaesu VX-2R
    Yaesu VX-6R
    Yaesu Vx-7R
    Yaesu VX-8R
    Yaesu FT-50R
    Yaesu FT-60R
    Kenwood TH-F6A
    Kenwood TH-G71
    Icom IC-91AD

    There may be more, I can't be sure!
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