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Old 02-14-2009, 06:22 PM
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Default HAMsters R Us

Well finaly took my ham radio test today and found myself victorious.
Haven't got a call sign yet but still, with a decent tax return comming my way I got radios on the brain.
So now after paying off some debts I plan on getting some HG stuff.
Second on the list is a 2 meter radio. I know the yeasu vx150 is a very popular model but for only 30 dollars more it seems you can get more functions with the vx 170.
So the question is...is there any reason NOT to get the vx 170?
I figure it's better to have more than you need rather than need more than you have.
Battery life, component compatibility and durability are my main concerns.
( Mr. Nelson, you out there?)
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:33 AM
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You might find this thread to be helpful, started by Craig on hanggliding.org:

http://www.hanggliding.org/viewtopic.php?t=2963&highlight=vx150

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Old 02-15-2009, 11:55 AM
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If it were me I would buy the VX-170.

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Old 02-15-2009, 07:50 PM
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http://glidercom.com/store/radios.html

Found this web-site while crusing around hanggliding.org. Lots of good info on the yeasu vx150 and 170. The vx150 with the vc-25 head-set looks like a good set up. Does anyone have this or the 170 and can give recomendations on a headset?
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:16 PM
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This guy has a couple of 170s for sale on ebay for $145 including s/h ...
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Old 02-15-2009, 08:25 PM
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The VX 150 is a pretty solid radio. Now that I have a good PTT (made by Steve Prater) it has been working flawlessly.

As far as features, the only thing you really need is Tx and Rx, and a way to lock the channel!
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Old 02-15-2009, 10:01 PM
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Wow, well at first glance it looks like a trade off.
Longer battery life for simplicity.
Thanks for all the comments and links. I still got some time yet to dig around a little more. I'll be sure to post the final decision
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Battery life has not been a problem for me. 2 batteries, and 1 charge at the team challenge did me just fine.

I had a 2+ hour flight last year and with about 1:45 of the flight transmitting due to a stuck ptt. Battery life with the 150 isn't a real big issue, as far as I can tell.
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Default HG freqs

My limited reserach finds that most stock 2m will be capable of 144-148. But for HG frequencies (five or so discrete freqs between 150 and 159), a mod is required. For those knowledgeable and properly equiped, I understand the circuit mods are DIY. For everyone else.... not so easy, best to have someone esle make the mods.
So have all your radios been modded for Tx and Rx on HG freqs??
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Old 02-17-2009, 03:25 AM
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http://www.hanggliding.org/viewtopic...r+metre+radios

Mike, found this disussion on the Hang gliding.org web site.

Hope it helps!!!
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