Features of currently available Two-Way Radios, VHF/FM & 29M

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Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:01 pm

In response to many Member' enquiries, we have compiled an article on two-way radios in the Member's articles section of this forum. For reference, here are the details:

A series of articles on Two-Way Radios, together with the Pros & Cons of different modes, can be found here:
http://www.hilux4x4.co.za/radios/index.php

Then, an abbreviated specification list together with photos, is available here:
http://www.hilux4x4.co.za/shop/radios.php


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Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:44 am

The list of current two-Way Radios has been updated with newer models and updated antenna info, thanks Pieter!

Two Way Radios


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Wed Jun 09, 2010 7:57 am

I'll buy as following for portable, Kenwood TK2306 and mounted the Kirisun PT8000
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Mon Jun 14, 2010 2:04 pm

Thanks Eric.
The shorter Zara 60 antenna looks much better and i can drive in the garage without hitting the roof :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:24 pm

George, in theory the Zara130 would give better coverage while it was tuned to the original ORRA frequency, but bad coverage when used with the newly acquired ORRA frequency. So to remedy this, we now 'trim' the antenna for a midpoint frequency of around 157.000MHz. But this is then out of spec of both frequencies, so the final choice now is to use a quarter-wave antenna as you have done. This has a wider bandwidth than the 5/8 antenna, looks neater, does not catch anywhere, and is more efficient than a mis-tuned 5/8 antenna.

Be interesting to hear how your coverage is affected.


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Mon Jun 14, 2010 4:29 pm

Be interesting to hear how your coverage is affected.
I still need to test it.
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