I found that it is a simple and common modification for most amateur radios to expand their transmit bands to include
the public service band (150-160MHz). My next step was to find a radio that had the features I wanted. One of the
features I required was digital PL tones (DCS). Most amateur radios don't have these, so that thinned the choices
- 60 watts
- 170 channels
- alphanumeric display
- CTCSS/DCS/DTMF tones
- a full-featured microphone
- multiple scan modes
- frequency and tone searching
- front mounted speaker and mic connection
...and the contents.
Update - After a few months of using the Yaesu I took it out and put the RELM back in. The Yaesu
had nice features, but sometimes when I'd turn on the truck the radio would unprogram itself. This has also
happened to two friends of mine, and lots of people on the internet. Yaesu says it's because this radio
has EEPROM memory and is sensitive to voltage fluctuation. It doesn't use a battery backup like 99% of radios.
Yaesu's recommended solution was even more pitiful..."shut the radio off before you start your vehicle".
How pathetic is this!! This radio is supposed to be MIL-SPEC! Yaesu 'updated' the radio, but it didn't
help. I was also disappointed in Amatuer Electronic Supply. Their answer was to send it to Yaesu, but
they wouldn't take it back, even in trade.
I noticed there are a couple features that commercial radios have that amatuer radios don't seem to. One
is priority scan, and the other is the ability to have different PL tones on send and receive frequencies.
I recently purchased another Yaesu radio...an FT7100. There was a factory rebate of $150 so the radio only
cost $300. It is dual band and has a remote head along with other nice features. One of these days, when
YAESU GETS THEIR HEAD OUT OF THEIR ASS AND DISTRIBUTES THE PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE I'll install the radio and
make another webpage. Click here to see the FT-7100 radio.
Click here to see how to modify and program this radio.
Click here to see the radio installation.