Started by abysmal, March 26, 2005, 06:55:24 pm
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Quote from: MIKE on March 26, 2005, 09:36:15 pmIf you are gonna spend the money make sure your radio meets current and future standards... I held off buying a VX 150 for precisely this reason.
Quote from: arajca on March 27, 2005, 01:21:12 amI currently use an Icon F50 handheld. Good little radio, 128 channels, NTIA compliant, wide AND narrow band programmable per channel.Cost $350 + programming software and cable.If you want to get fancy, the EF Johnson P-25 radios national is buying cost around $2000.00. I haven't used one or done much checking on them. I saw the cost - NEXT!
Quote from: arajca on March 27, 2005, 01:21:12 amIf you want to get fancy, the EF Johnson P-25 radios national is buying cost around $2000.00. I haven't used one or done much checking on them. I saw the cost - NEXT!
Quote from: tedda on March 27, 2005, 02:39:07 amI bought the Vertex 150 the year it came out and it's still going strong. Being that the end is drawing near, I'm looking to obtain a new mobile, myself and will probably go with either Vertex or Icom.WX9AUX/Bluemound 1551
Quote from: tedda on March 27, 2005, 02:39:07 amPretty much anything that is both wideband and narrowband compliant will serve you well, as it's most likely commercial gear.
Quote from: arajca on March 27, 2005, 04:14:41 amBTW, the Icom F50 is water resistant to 1 meter. Which makes it good for outdoors use - particularly in incliment weather.
Quote from: arajca on March 27, 2005, 04:13:05 amI did ask National (Malcom Kaiser) if CAP had any plans to go use P25 and he told me not for the next ten years -
Quote from: SarDragon on March 27, 2005, 07:42:18 amCAP gets a deal on the EFJs - @ $1400 each. That's for either the mobile or handheld. I have a CAP-owned mobile in my 'Burb, and it's doing great.
Quote from: Slim on March 27, 2005, 07:37:08 amWarning, long techo-filled mumbo jumbo to followBest handheld on the market right now IMNSHO is the Motorola HT-1000. This is the new millenium's version of the old HT-220 (think about that one, old-timer). You can not break an HT-1000 (I saw one work after being burned up in a fire). 16 channels, wide and narrow band compliant. Only key is to get either the wideband (136-174 MHz) antenna or the one tuned specific to 136-150.Commo gear is like anything else, find what you can afford, and what works for you. Hope this helps
Quote from: arajca on March 28, 2005, 04:55:46 pmFrom what I've heard from National, we are changing the frequency plan in 2008. However, the new plan will be in the same band as the current plan (140-160Mhz), so many radios available today will still be usable when we change. Icom F-50 and F-30 cover 136 - 172 Mhz which also makes them good for many vol. fire/ems agencies. If you own your own radio you can program in any frequencies which the radio can handle AND for which you have authoization to use. For example, I have CAP and Summit County (CO) emergency channels (incl. police) and authorization from the county emergency manager to use those frequencies.As for other frequencies, it depends on your wing. Each wing has different agreements with various emergency agencies to support their communications. However, for the most part, members are not expected to have those frequencies on their personally owned radios.
Quote from: arajca on March 28, 2005, 05:21:13 pmI had the same concerns, which is why I went to National to find out what the future would hold.
Quote from: MIKE on March 27, 2005, 04:21:25 amQuote from: arajca on March 27, 2005, 04:14:41 amBTW, the Icom F50 is water resistant to 1 meter. Which makes it good for outdoors use - particularly in incliment weather.So if I like to operate as a net control station from my bath tub this radio is good for that right?
Quote from: Jerry on August 31, 2005, 10:14:06 pmWhen we get to the point that they take all the "volunteer" out of CAP, that's when I retire. I am not all that happy with *some* policies, but, hey, it's not for me to reason why, just to..........well, you know the story. Jerry
Quote from: abysmal on September 01, 2005, 03:05:12 pmLife is TOO short...
Quote from: kycap on November 15, 2006, 05:46:45 amHow about something that is CLOSER to narrowband compliant....I have been eyeballing these: http://www.kantronics.com/products/talon.html
Quote from: J.Hendricks on June 04, 2007, 08:15:37 amI recently "fell" into a grant that may allow for some radios to be added to our inventory. We are looking at the Johnsons (no booing please...we are getting a set number of radios not a monetary value). If this goes through is there a way to get the programming software for the EFJ's, when I asked the Johnson rep he said CAP has an unlimited license to the software anyone know where to get one of these "unlimited copies"
Quote from: floridacyclist on June 06, 2007, 07:54:23 pmI guess I'm just behind the times because my Kenwood TK-730(G) and SGC2000 just keep plugging away.
Quote from: Matt on June 06, 2007, 09:31:51 pmQuote from: floridacyclist on June 06, 2007, 07:54:23 pmI guess I'm just behind the times because my Kenwood TK-730(G) and SGC2000 just keep plugging away.Amen -- I swear by my TK-280... Been looking at the 730... So far, I have nothing negative to say about Kenwoods.
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