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Kenwood TM-281A or Yaesu FT-2900R

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by SMILEX2692002, Sep 8, 2012.

  1. SMILEX2692002

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    If you had to pick one to buy, which one would you get and why?
    Just looking for a simple 2 meter FM radio for the house. Don't use 440 so no need for a dual band radio.


     

  2. binrat

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    Icom ic2200H :)
    sorry, just had too. I found that the 2900R to be not that simple to use while mobile.
     
  3. W5LZ

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    Already have a '281, and wouldn't hesitate to get another one if I needed one. It really is about as simple as it gets both programming and use. Until I'd used it for awhile I worried about it getting hot (no fan). I don't worry about it now, haven't burned it up, doubt if I ever will.
    What could be 'better' about it? Those @#$ RJ-45 mic connectors, I hate them. No problems with them, I just don't like'em.
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  4. SMILEX2692002

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    Got the TM-281. It works great and would recommend it for anyone looking for a basic 2 meter radio.
     
  5. Turbo T

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    I had the FT2800R which is very similar to the FT-2900R you are asking about. Let me say this...if you like your radios to be "robust", then you will like the FT-2900R. It's built inside of a heavy duty casing. It'll do 75 watts too. Also there's an easy way to mod the radio so it transmits outside of the 2 M band....aka you can set it up to run on MURS. If I needed another 2M only mobile, I'd definitely get another 2800/2900.

    I can't speak on the Kenwood.
     
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    Icom ic-v8000 75watts w/ a fan :D
     
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    If you like to name memories the TM-281A only has 100 memories instead of the 200 if you just have it display the frequency. See Kenwood TM-281A Mobile Transceiver TM281. I remember reading the review of the rig in QST and found it weird that Kenwood would do this with a modern rig.

    The FT-2900R has 200 memories no matter if they display alphanumeric or just numeric.

    I like to program memory names in my rigs and the limitation with the TM-281A would be a showstopper for me.

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    Do you really have over 100 repeaters/frequencies programmed into your radio?
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    I have about 400 memories programmmed in my TH-D72a and FT-8800. The first 100 are local repeaters. The rest are railroads, marine, ham satellites etc. And I find that it really helps a lot to name everything. That way I don't have to remember which memory is for anything. I use RT Systems software to manage both of the rigs as it lets you move memories from one rig to the other very easily.

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    I find that amazing, 2 meters has to be much more active 'there' than it is 'here'. I'm not sure there are 100 active repeaters in the state, and I've found that I never hear/use even close to that many. Even with all the simplex frequencies and those not on 2 meters, I have less than 100 memories filled. Oh well, if you have a use for that many memories then I would have to say that the '281 wouldn't be your best choice.
    Once upon a time I tried to fill all the memories in another radio (1000 of them). Programmed in all the repeaters, call freqs. in a 500 mile radius. Almost filled all the memories, but never heard a peep out of 90% of them. Got so confused I just dumped the whole mess and started over. :)
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    What I did was program all 2/440 repeaters for a 35 mile radius around my QTH (a northern suburb of Detroit) so that I can use any repeaters if I am driving around the area. Using the software is simple enough that it does not take long to do. And I can just let the rig scan to listen to anyone calling for a random QSO on any repeater in that 35 mile radius if I am at home or on the road.

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  12. Fuzzybr

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    ft-2900

    I do. I have a ft-7800 in the car and use prob 800 of 1000 memories.
    to guy for comparison--- the banks are nice. you set up any bank with any freq and not lose the total number of channels.
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