Best Mobile Ham Radio 2020 | New Ham Radio Operators – WATCH THIS!

Best Mobile Ham Radio 2020 | New Ham Radio Operators – WATCH THIS!

Best Mobile Ham Radio 2020 – Recorded for the New Ham Radio Operator, this is part of a series that I am calling the New Ham Workshop.

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  1. john smiley on December 8, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    One thing you didn’t mention is that the Alinco separation cable is not included….other than that, it’s a GREAT radio….I have two of them.

  2. Jeffrey Mayer on December 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    what do you think about the Yaesu VX-6R/E Tri-band

  3. bwvids on December 8, 2020 at 9:19 pm

    Please include the radio make/model in the video while talking – or at least time stamps in description. It becomes very challenging trying to recall which one you are talking about currently. The info link to related videos is great though!

  4. Bangkit Hutajulu on December 8, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    i love chinese radio

  5. William Johnston on December 8, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Can the TH-9800 be used or unlocked for use on 11 meters (CB SSB)?

  6. silentarcher on December 8, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    I bought the alinco DR-735t, so far it’s great. Can someone please explain the pager bell option and how it works? Does that feature require the digital ad on board?

  7. dougal tysoe on December 8, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Still using a Kenwood TM-V7 an old girl but still going strong…duel recieve ,detatchable front panel.Very interesting video as always.

  8. George Pease on December 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    I am the founder of Facebook group Ham Radio Elmers and this is the first time I have watched one of your videos. This is good information presented in a good format. Well done. George KC0GP

  9. ERNEST AEC-RADIO on December 8, 2020 at 9:26 pm

    VGC VR-N7500 IS JUNK!

  10. Tyler Kruse on December 8, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    First started when I got my ticket with an icom 2720. Got interested in the digital side after talking to a couple of hams that was starting into it as well. They was getting involved with yeasu system fusion. Well after getting involved with them. I kinda went full force into it lol. I bought an yaesu ftm-400. After having that radio for a few months and loving it. I bought another one. Its amazing on analog and digital. Best advice I ever heard was when someone wants to get into the digital stuff. "Buy a radio for the digital mode that is popular in your area" that advise my not work for everyone and what they want to do but it holds truth.

  11. Jason Reid on December 8, 2020 at 9:27 pm

    Still running the 9800 after many years. It’s a solid radio and I’ve never had an issue. Have one running as my base station too, right next to my ts440. 👍✌️💪

  12. Jay- Rus on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Ive noticed also that Yaesu, when discussing mobile options, goes from single band $120-160 range and then immediately to dual band digital $450 plus range. Not sure if they are just pushing the higher cost units, or if they are working on something new for the $250-350 range

  13. William Johnston on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    BTW thanks for the vid

  14. Food connoisseur on December 8, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    In short what mobile all band radio you would recommend that’s not too expensive that covers all bands frequencies and so on.. something you don’t use for a few months and realise oh it’s missing this band or that band now I need to buy this and that….the complete mobile package that is 100 or more watts and will cover everything.

  15. ytTaz480 on December 8, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    Nope, the Kenwood TM-V71 is a full 50 watts on vhf AND uhf if my memory serves(unless they changed something). I remember because all the years when I was looking for or admiring new mobiles, that feature always impressed me and I remember(at the time) it was the only dual band mobile that did. There may be others now but at the time it was the only one. I never did get one. Ive always been kind of a yeasu guy, for the most part. I do have a used Kenwood TM-241a I picked up at a ham fest for like 50 bucks. But otherwise, pretty much all the mobiles Ive owned have been Yeasu. Oh, almost forgot, I also have a couple really old Kenwood TR-7950s, identical except one has a bad display. They’re not really good for much except simplex or APRS as they have no tone capabilities(although aftermarket tone board replacements are still out there). But for Yeasu I have FT-8800, FT-7900, FT-2900 and even an older FT-2400H that Ive ripped apart and rebuilt a few times. Even the various commercial radios I have or have had are Vertex which is basically Yeasu. Yeasu/Vertex/Vertex Standard/Standard/Standard Horizon(marine radio) are all the same company. Then I have some really odd and rare old commercial shit, too.
    As for HTs, I have one word……
    WOUXUN, baby!!!!! Love my Wouxuns! I did finally break down a couple years ago and buy a Yeasu VX-6R, tho. Nice tri-bander but not dual receive. Nothing against the nicer HTs from the "big three"(or 4 if you include Alinco) but I just always had a hard time justifying buying a $250-$400 HT when I could buy 2 to 4 Wouxuns for the same cost. Never had the Baofeng UV-5 tho. I did have the UV-3+. That was a pretty cool little compact piece of crap. No seriously, at one watt even with the crap antenna it came with, I could still hit a buddy’s repeater 70+ miles away! It was cool, just cheaply made.
    Alright, thats enough I guess. Ive actually had the hobby on kind of the back burner for a couple years and watching your videos and talking about it sort of gets me amped up a little about it again. Thanks for letting me share.

  16. Outdoors Equipment on December 8, 2020 at 9:31 pm


  17. Jay- Rus on December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Im very new….received my call sign 4 weeks ago…I love the IC-2730a. Several reasons. It does have aviation scan frequencies. It has dual band dual receive. I really like that for setting one frequency on one side while scanning others on the second side. It has multiple mount options because of the removable face plate, as well as the mic can be connected to either the face plate or the main radio unit. Finally, the cost at $245 right now with rebates seems like a lot of radio for that price. Ive ordered a total of 3 now, so clearly I like it. We have ordered a couple ft-4xr HTs for a part of our emergency plan, but working on a mobile radio 12v power go box now. That will provide a much more effective radio for emergency use.

  18. Matt Harmon on December 8, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Do not get the VR-N7500. It’s hot garbage. I bought, used a couple of weeks and then boxed it back up.

  19. Thomas Lange on December 8, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    The VR71 is one of the best menu interfaces on any radio. Its just plain logical. It makes life so easy.

  20. onesimusiii on December 8, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Ok say you have two vehicles and you’re trying to get both setup within a beginner to medium budget which 2 would you get?

  21. Denise McJunkins on December 8, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    Excellent video. Maybe the Kenwood radio will be what I get or icom with D-star. 73.

  22. greg poulin on December 8, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    This is not a channel for beginners. Especially old beginners.. But thanks

  23. maoherrera73 on December 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    Hmmmm, chinese radios? Not sure about that, even more at the present tune of events! My way has always being, save a little more and get something good!

  24. Wilt Warren on December 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    I realize I might be a little off the “normal” HAM’s path, but who isn’t? Currently I own and use 3 Baofeng HT’s, a Btech UV25-X2 mobile, and a Yeasu FTM-7250D mobile. I was first licensed in March 2016, and used nothing but my Baofeng HT’s(yes external antennas were part of the rig) until I got the UV25-X2 in December of 2017. The Betech became my base station radio, using the same antenna that my “base station Baofeng” was on, and worked ok. Fast forward to March of 2019, I was visiting my family in Montana, met a HAM there, and got to use his FTM-400DX and Fusion to talk to Europe, I was so hooked! Came home and decided I wanted the FTM-400DX for my base station radio….then saw the price!!!! Realized the FTM-100 was a lot cheaper and had a lot of the same functionality, just not as fancy, but still costing more than I was ready to spend. I was basically saying this on a local repeater ragchew, and a comment was made that the FTM-7250D was basically a FTM-100D without the detachable face/remote mounting and APRS. I got my 7250 from my local HRO for $199.99, have been using it as my base for just over a year, and love it! Also, I don’t use it on Fusion nearly as much as I thought I would! I’m sure part of that is there is only one Fusion repeater available to me, while the owner will allow me to connect and control it, doing so is just not that interesting to me at the moment. That’s the great thing about HAM radio, there is something for everyone, and everyone’s interests tend to change.

    So, currently the 7250 is my base, the BTech UV25 is in my Tacoma, and a couple Baofeng HT’s if I need them.

  25. Ron Stark on December 8, 2020 at 9:39 pm

    well, the cats meow is the Anytone AT-D578UV PRO. I don’t care so much for dmr, fusion is the future. IMHO …

  26. Elias Perez on December 8, 2020 at 9:40 pm

    No mention of the Wouxun mobile units. Are they no good?

  27. Jc Zamora on December 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Is it possible to use any of these as a telemeter if you have a yagi and a micro transmitter for animals?

  28. miketel01 on December 8, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I just ordered the VeroTelecom VGC VERO VR-N7500 50W Dual Band Headless Amateur Ham Mobile Radio for the car. I wish it was a ID-5100 or the Yeasu FTM-400 but oh well its a good start. Being said I bought a Icom – 4100. Don’t bother. Just spend the extra money and get the ID-5100.

  29. fpeletz on December 8, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    I replaced the broadcast radio with a FT2980 in my old pick up and replaced the factory antenna with a 5/8 base loaded antenna, incognito ,and I use the truck locally only .The car however is a porcupine and I use that on trips. FT 1900 on 2 meter ,FT 1907 on 70 cm and Ft 891. I do have a FT7250 I have not brought out of the box yet and a FT70D for use on the hand full of Fuzion repeaters here .

  30. Nick Richey on December 8, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    Question: I’m an outdoorsman. I want to mount a radio to my teryx LE SxS. Any suggestions?

  31. Danny Soto on December 8, 2020 at 9:44 pm

    What antenna you recommend for the FTM-400XDR?

  32. Dave Skevt on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm


  33. Aaron Gao on December 8, 2020 at 9:47 pm

    I just received my amateur license and I am new to HAM. I am researching and just watched your review but what do you recommend for the first timer? I am thinking between these Yaesu ft-8900r VS Kenwood tm-v71a VS ICOM IC-2730A. I know that Yaesu ft-8900r is discontinued now but if I find it then should I take Yaesu or Kenwood tm-v71a or ICOM IC-2730A? Can you please advise me? My call sign is KN6KAR. Thank you!

  34. Rob Groves on December 8, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Hi from Australia I am Rob VK2FAAA. We have a Any tone AT 778ua and we have bee advised that the audio on transmit is down. Is there any way to adjust the audio up please? Rob Australia

  35. 66lima on December 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    Not a bad video.
    The only point that should be cleared up is the FTM300 is NOT a replacement for the FTM-100. Just not in the same class.

  36. Ben Kanobe on December 8, 2020 at 9:52 pm

    When he says: " Two Meters and/or 440" is he meaning: "Two-meters wavelength and four hundred and forty meters wavelength"? I am so confused……..

  37. Luis de Leon on December 8, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Support your local ham store. You can look at and touch the radio. Plus if you buy from them they stay open and you’ll continue to have a local shop. What sucks is hams going to their local shop to compare radios and then buy online to save a few bucks then bitch when their local shop closes.

  38. AAP- SG on December 8, 2020 at 9:56 pm

    Too much rambling, 35 minutes way too long

  39. Brent Johnson on December 8, 2020 at 9:59 pm

    Another great video! I am building my ham shack as I saw you are doing. I am a newly licensed Tech/General and am interested in a dual band radio for my truck. I purchased a DMR HT from Anytone that you reviewed earlier this year. Thanks for that. If I am considering operating HF remote, it would seem to me I don’t want to dump a ton of money into a 2m/70cm mobile rig, but that is just me thinking out loud. I won’t know until I try it with some lower priced toys, I suppose. Thanks for all your good videos (even though it has delayed updating Jason’s man cave ha!). 73! From Greenville, TX

  40. T F on December 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    My TS-430S came with a mobile bracket….yikes…

  41. Kevin Irish on December 8, 2020 at 10:01 pm

    I wish you would of written down the models, because I have zero clue of what models you are talking about instead of only showing the radio.

  42. sigmastar1968 on December 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    th7800 looks like a copy of the yaesu 8800r

  43. sandplasma on December 8, 2020 at 10:04 pm

    Noob here. Isn’t ham radio for worldwide comms? Why do so many people comment about installing one in their car? Isn’t that cb radio?

  44. steven austin on December 8, 2020 at 10:05 pm

    good show bro lol from liverpool england 73

  45. James Sparks on December 8, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Im looking for a radio for backwoods hunting so must be waterproof resistant and durable. Thinking gps is needed for emergencies and possibly digital. Can anyone make an economical recommendation. Yaesu’s new radio is not acceptable due to price and screen. digital screens break too easily. I think maybe the yeasu 70dr is the ticket but IDK battery is weak. Need chirp or linux compatible.

  46. jrlepage on December 8, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Thanks for the video. Can you explain a little more about why you don’t recommend a radio with DV capability or Fusion capability as a first radio? I’m not super interested in digital, but if the radio does analog too, what’s the harm in having the capability on board? Curious if I’m missing something here. Thanks!

  47. steven austin on December 8, 2020 at 10:13 pm

    my 756 is not bad for knulling the noise

  48. Michael Parker on December 8, 2020 at 10:15 pm

    What would be the advantage of going digital over a analog radio

  49. Samuraichad on December 8, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    I have what I think is a very important question but does not actually pertain to your video. I got 2 handheld radios early March and was scheduled to take my test 3/21/20 my birthday but of course it was cancelled because of the virus lies and BS. I’ve been listening everyday on a repeater about 10 miles away since I got them and then when the protests and riots started they turned the repeater off. Now I hear silence on the radio. I was told they turned the repeater off during the fires in California last year or so also. WHY? Why would anyone want to turn the repeaters off in a crisis??

  50. Aname Aname on December 8, 2020 at 10:16 pm