Best Mobile Ham Radio 2022 | Best Ham Radio for Vehicle

Best Mobile Ham Radio 2022 | Best Ham Radio for Vehicle

This is a list of what I consider to be the best mobile ham radios for your vehicle as we roll into 2022. All of these ham radios are currently in production and used for the VHF/UHF bands in ham radio.

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  1. K5ORD on April 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Anytone AT-5888UVIII. UHF-VHF FM tri-band radio. 50w (25w on 220 MHz). Separate control head. An oldie, but goodie. Available at R&L. They go fast but are restocked.

  2. Trevor Putterill on April 20, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    HI you can send aprs text messages with it😁

  3. Jake Carpenter on April 20, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    OK, must have missed something. Which Mobile HAM radio was the best?

  4. Jim Barber on April 20, 2022 at 7:19 pm

    Great video, Thanks!
    A couple of suggestions.
    When driving I find simple is key. I do not want to be fiddling with a radio while operating in traffic. For that reason the Icom IC-2300H has been THE radio in my vehicle for three years now. VHF only, 65 watts output and bulletproof. This simple mobile radio should be in the hall of fame.
    As to dual band mobile radios, I love them. The Alinco 735t is my favorite so we agree on that. A huge feature you did not mention is the 735T is full duplexing so I can use it for satellite work. Perhaps you can mention whether a dual band is full duplexing when you do the best of 2023. Thanks ! W0ZEN

  5. Veteran in the Philippines on April 20, 2022 at 7:20 pm

    Hey I got an idea for YouTube video for you ((what is the best vehicle for a ham radio I am mainly talking about HF))

  6. Don'z Lockz 🇦🇺 on April 20, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    I’m keen on the Anytone Mobile and HT. Best bang for buck and still a quality product. 🙂

  7. Swamper on April 20, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    There’s more to it than wattage.

  8. Oldin Mariner on April 20, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    any reason you skipped the IC-4100?

  9. AceStudios CoUk on April 20, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    A well balance round up, thanks for making this.

  10. Red Proton on April 20, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Does Icom make an all-band mobile? I wish Icom made GMRS mobiles.

  11. Kyle [KN6TBD] on April 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Just wanted to point this out in case anyone is considering the IC-2730a. It actually CAN do Bluetooth with the addition of the UT-133 Bluetooth module.

  12. eric campbell on April 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Nothing against you, I just need to vent baofeng uv-5r piece of crap I will be going strictly to CB radio it’s called Citizens Band for reason cuz it’s not a bunch of BS license crap high powered cb and guns and ammunition and surveillance bring it on I’m done with ham radio you guys can have a great time with that crap

  13. RuSomeKindaIdiot on April 20, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Just have to unsubscribe… Are you being compensated by the Communist Chinese or are you just ignorant on how you are contributing to their agenda?

  14. News_Internationale on April 20, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Retevis RT73.

  15. Ben KD9RYH on April 20, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    i’ve got the VGC in my car and it’s a cool radio! two quick things however, it’s 16 channels per page… and you can have as many pages of memory as your device (phone or tablet) will allow. and the other thing, it will do APRS. oh.. and, it’s open banded… this radio WILL transmit on FRS/GMRS as well as MURS channels. at 50 watts.

  16. Judd _S on April 20, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    5 radios in your truck! My, my, you must be a social butterfly!😉

  17. Chris on April 20, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    have you reviewed the QYT KT-980 plus?.. I’ve been using this radio for about a year.. it’s an excellent budget option.

  18. Wayne Dossey on April 20, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    do you have a similar video for HF transceivers?

  19. ReeDreamer on April 20, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    @Ham Radio 2.0 If you are a new ham, you really can’t use the term "ham radio" as a generic term – you really need to specify the band or bands it is used for, such as VHF/UHF.

  20. Shirley Márquez Dúlcey on April 20, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    You didn’t talk a lot about cross-band repeat. Many but not all of these radios have it, and the available features also vary.

    In short, cross-band repeat means that the radio can simultaneously receive on one band and retransmit what it hears on the other one. One popular use of that is portable operation in public service events. You can operate from your handheld on the 440 MHz band while using a 2 meter repeater, giving you more range because you can walk around while you still use the higher power transmitter and better antenna of the mobile rig.

    Some radios allow full control using DTMF commands while using cross-band repeat. (In that case, you MUST have the handheld on 440 and the mobile on 2 meters, not the other way around, because it is not legal to use 2 meters as a remote control band in the US.) You can change channels, etc on the mobile from your handheld.

    It’s one of my favorite features of my TM-V71A, which I bought years before the recent price increase. It’s especially handy if you also have a Kenwood handheld because the remote commands are marked on the face of the handheld, but aside from that detail it will work with any handheld radio.

    Cross-band repeat is related to full duplex operation but not exactly the same thing. Full duplex means that you can receive one band while transmitting on the other, which is useful for satellite operation. (Many hams have made satellite contacts using nothing but a full duplex handheld and a handheld dual-band Yagi antenna.) Cross-band repeat adds the detail that the received signal is retransmitted. Full duplex mobiles usually do cross-band repeat; handhelds usually don’t.

  21. Twidget on April 20, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    The first radio I bought after passing the Tech+ was an Alinco mobile with a whopping 14 channel memory! Turns out that was more than I needed here in San Diego! I love a simple FM only radio without all of those digital modes. All of the repeaters were very active in the ’90s, not so much anymore.

  22. Music Men on April 20, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Would u get the Baofeng F8HP 3rd Gen or a Yaesu radio if both are in the $100 range and if a Yaesu what one would you grab? Thanks n great video appreciate your time.

  23. charterfree on April 20, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks this is a lot of good information. I have a newer 4 door truck and thought I would mount the radio in the back behind the seats and the head up front. Of course that’s what these radios are made for. I thing that’s bothering me is the heads don’t have a speaker in them so under normal conditions the volume would have to be cracked up to hear what was going on. I did notice that the BOAFENG BTECH does have speaker’s in the head but most the others don’t. Maybe it’s not a problem but just something I was thinking about.

  24. arupian666 on April 20, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    Ordered the Anytone 587UV after watching a bunch of your videos and realizing that maybe, just maybe, I can get into DMR without a programming degree. According to repeaterbook, I have a DMR repeater literally down the street from me, so I figured I’d jump on in. Passed my Tech + General in the same sitting and waiting for my callsign, but when I do, I have a shiny new Icom 7300, a handful of Baofengs, a Wouxun UV9D, Yaesu FT3D and then the Anytone when it arrives to play radio with. Yeah, I have a problem… lol

  25. MrRadiorobot on April 20, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    Personally I wouldn’t buy a dual band FM mobile radio without a digital mode included..a digital mode provides another string to your bow.

  26. Andy Bronson M7xtt on April 20, 2022 at 7:48 pm

    Great video Jason thankyou.are you going to do the same for hf radios in ya car as well as would be good to see? Thanks again

  27. Dmitry Melnik on April 20, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks for the review. Regarding Yaesu FTM6000R vs Icom IC2730A, which of these has a better receiver (or, based on the general experience with the brands, which one you expect to have a better receiver)? Thanks.

  28. Marine Vet on April 20, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    I vote for a new video review on Btech dual band,

  29. jim on April 20, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    FT 857-D and the ATAS 120A antenna . Perfect Mobil rig.

  30. austie outdoors on April 20, 2022 at 7:51 pm

    alinco sr8

  31. Christominded on April 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    JASON, can you make an updated version for March 2022. I saw a lot of cool stuff at hamcation that would probably be added to this or replace some of these radios.

  32. Mark Timblin on April 20, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    I have used mostly Icom rigs in my vehicles the one exception was my old Yaesu FT8900r quad band rig 29,50,144 MHz 50 watts high power UHF was 40 watts. Put it together when I got rid of my pickup went to a Nissan Rogue wanted to put the 8900 in my car couldn’t find the base.
    Haven’t had a mobile rig in my car since. Decided I needed to get one went with the TYT TH7900 dual band band. It’s only been 3 weeks thus far with the separation kit, bracket separation bracket think I was in it for $220 from Amazon. Nice little rig came with programming software as well, does what I need it to do. Also wanted a replacement for my FT 8900r which is out of production why I don’t know it was a great rig. Any who, picked up another TYT product the TH9800, quad band 29,50,144 is 50 watts max UHF is 40 same as the TH7900.
    Again, came with everything software, mobile bracket, separation kit, faceplate bracket think I’m into it for $220 as well, still only 3 weeks into it, we do have a 6 meter repeater in my area, a net on Monday evenings. I get good audio reports from both, receive audio with external speakers is good as well. Test of time will tell, for the price it will work, I can always pull one of them to put in my motor home when we go somewhere. Great video, will have to view more of your videos. DE Mark AI4HO

  33. Phil W. on April 20, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    I do like the Anytone 578 since I am a DMR fan. BUT…. IMO they need to make the screen bigger and easier to read in a mobile environment so as to compete with Yaesu and Icom offerings. Until they make the change I would rather go with Yaesu. If you have any influence on these guys then please push for a larger display.

  34. applejacks971 on April 20, 2022 at 7:53 pm

    I stayed away from icom due to the white screens. If they had orange displays I’d have a shack full of them instead of Yeasu.
    I went with the Yaesu 400’s over the 300’s because of the touch screen. Lots of great radio’s in the video!

  35. His Excellency on April 20, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    **Correction The B-Tech 50X3 has several screen colors to choose from. I have had it in my truck for about a year. LOVE IT! My previous radio was the ICOM 2730A, I changed to the 50×3 when I discovered that the separate radio face had internal speakers as well. With the 2730 I have use external speaker as the body was mounted underneath the drivers seat. Without external speakers it was difficult to hear radio traffic while driving.

  36. Andre on April 20, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Great vid Jason. Would love to see your truck mobile set up, Truck video please 🙂

  37. Shady Character on April 20, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    whats up with these radio makers making radios with so little memory channels? just charge an extra 20.00 and give us 1000 channels.

  38. Lee Greger on April 20, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    The 5100A is now $$429.95 on GigaParts.

  39. AC on April 20, 2022 at 7:59 pm


  40. midwestfisherman on April 20, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    I’m just getting into amateur radio. Can you use the ICOM IC2730 as both a mobile radio and a base station?

  41. oldpreach on April 20, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    Full beard looks WAY better on you than the other looks.

    Weird how the receive range on the alinco is so limited.

  42. FedFire8404 on April 20, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    Jason I just tested out for my Tech lic. and would like your opinion on a really good mobile radio that is perfect for offroad/overland and one that I may use for a base radio for search and rescue that I can use in a backpack. I am looking at the QYT KT8900 duel band as my backpack and the Yaesu FTM 300DR for the truck. I know the QYT is cheap but would it work?

  43. Shirley Márquez Dúlcey on April 20, 2022 at 8:05 pm

    Comparing the 4,000 channels of the AnyTone to the 1,000 channels of the analog radios isn’t really a fair comparison. Setting up a single DMR repeater will typically use 10 or more channels because of the multiple talk groups, so it really won’t handle more repeaters than the analog radios. It’s still an excellent radio if you have DMR activity in your area.

  44. Steve0552 on April 20, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    man I’ve been looking for this. thanks

  45. Carl Casteel on April 20, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    I have the 2300H and a ID-5100A, I really like them both. I have been thinking about trying the 7100. Is it good or bad thing to be fully invested in one brand? Or should I start trying others? I like ICOM but sometimes I wish they had color displays… Thanks

  46. Shirley Márquez Dúlcey on April 20, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    The other option for mobile radios: one of the HF radios that also includes VHF and UHF capability. If you’re looking for something with 50W output on VHF and UHF options there are two choices I know about: the Icom IC-7100 and the Yaesu FT-991A. Those radios will do nearly everything the radios you talked about in the video will… PLUS they are multi-mode (SSB, CW, AM, etc) and cover the HF bands. The downside is that they’re considerably more expensive, but if you’re interested in mobile or portable HF they’re worth a look. (But no cross-band repeat, unlike many of the FM-only radios.)

  47. Larry Butler on April 20, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Yaesu FT-900 remoted to trunk next to modified TenTec Hercules II and 650AH of golf cart batteries running 850 watts to a toroid autotransformer to match 12 ohms bug catcher 15′ monster to amp output. 120A peak current. 73 DE W4CSC.
    Remember – POWER is our friend!

  48. b conover on April 20, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Why are all the rigs with detachable control heads now putting the mic plug on the main unit rather than the control head? This is crazy with newer vehicles (very limited room to mount anything by the dashboard), usually mounting the control head up front and the main unit somewhere in the back or under a seat. Especially with the Kenwood units where using the mic extension cable causes the dreaded woodpecker on transmit. Come on engineers and get your stuff together!

  49. Ricky Gransee on April 20, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    I would rather the mic come off the body, which I would mount in my center console, so the mic attachment point would be closer to me…with the head unit on the top center of my dashboard or between my visor and center overhead maplights/moon roof controls depending on length of cables provided…

  50. African Twin on April 20, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    Yaesu FT-2980 and FT-7900 for removable front.