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    Smile Looking to buy a Handheld Radio

    I'm looking to buy a VHF handheld radio. It would have to come with charger and I'd like it to be a 16 channel radio. Would like a pager channel but don't have to have one. I don't want to spend over 200 dollars.


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    Ebay is filled with them. Many have BuyItNow options so their is no need to worry about bidding.

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    Like he said. Use Ebay. That is where I got mine!

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    Won't be getting much NEW for under $200. Like the others said,try Ebay. BE AWARE radio will have to be PROGRAMMED,depending on the amount of channels and subtones can run into some $. We use Vertex 350's 16 channel,page capable. They're under $300. Decent radio for the $. T.C.

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    Icom IC-F3001-02-DTC Two Way Radio (VHF) $149.00

    Includes programming. Has two tone paging built in. 16 channels with scan, brand new in the box.

    http://www.icomamerica.com/en/produc...1/default.aspx

    If interested, "I know a guy". Send me an email bbowers@mozarks.com

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    Ohk, I SEE how you are,hehe T.C.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rescue101 View Post
    Ohk, I SEE how you are,hehe T.C.

    LOL... Well, he can't afford a Tait!

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    A nice inexpensive radio for exterior use. I wouldn't want to bring it interior and hinge my crew's life on it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by nmfire View Post
    A nice inexpensive radio for exterior use. I wouldn't want to bring it interior and hinge my crew's life on it...
    Just working on a budget. It does handle water well.

    I would love to see the guy get a nice Tait radio, but his budget won't allow it.

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    Go buy a Bendix King EPH, it has 210 channels total broken up into 14 channel Banks. It is Narrowband-able And completely field programmable
    (i can reprogram mine in the time it takes you to read this post). Parts are every where and cheap, and You can find the programing manuals on line
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Go buy a Bendix King EPH, it has 210 channels total broken up into 14 channel Banks. It is Narrowband-able And completely field programmable
    (i can reprogram mine in the time it takes you to read this post). Parts are every where and cheap, and You can find the programing manuals on line
    Not all EPH radios are narrowband capable, they are heavy, and I don't believe they do two tone do they?

    Are they still available new, or is there a replacment now?

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    Puxing. Two for $140 from one source, although that's not the FCC approved version.

    Get a decent spkr/mic to go along with it, though. The Kenwood spkr/mic plugs right in.

    Software to program is free. Cable can be had for around $25.

    I wouldn't take them interior, but they'll handle the outside stuff.

    They can also be programmed from the keypad. Over 100 channels, and narrow-band capable to boot.

    The FCC version is also available, but costs a little more.
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    Using a non-certified toy radio for emergency services is probably not a wise idea. You can't base your choices solely off of cost.
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushwhacker View Post
    Go buy a Bendix King EPH, it has 210 channels total broken up into 14 channel Banks. It is Narrowband-able And completely field programmable
    (i can reprogram mine in the time it takes you to read this post). Parts are every where and cheap, and You can find the programing manuals on line
    my vollie department uses bendix kings and they are amazing they are great for interior or exterior and like was said you can program them in the feild if need be and they are tone capeable a few of our ff's use theres as pagers as well as a radio
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    Most departments around here who are not on an 800 system use Kenwood. We have used the TK-272s for years with little to no issues. They have since been discontinued and replaced with the TK-2302, but they are all over eBay. I bought one used for $200 about 5 years ago and it has been a good radio. That is what I would suggest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sapper937 View Post
    my vollie department uses bendix kings and they are amazing they are great for interior or exterior and like was said you can program them in the feild if need be and they are tone capeable a few of our ff's use theres as pagers as well as a radio
    The EPH are two tone capable?

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    I could sell and program a used Motorolla HT1000 with a charger and used battery for $125 shipped. $25 more for a speaker mic. These are true public safety grade radios!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaster668 View Post
    I could sell and program a used Motorolla HT1000 with a charger and used battery for $125 shipped. $25 more for a speaker mic. These are true public safety grade radios!
    Provided it is a good battery, that is not a bad deal - 16 channels, scan, and two tone capable, but it's narrowband capability is limited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LVFD301 View Post
    Provided it is a good battery, that is not a bad deal - 16 channels, scan, and two tone capable, but it's narrowband capability is limited.
    Well it depends on the model number for narrowband capability. All of the HT1000s are narrow band capable on a per channel basis, but only the "DN" and some late "CN" models can be programmed with the newer splinter channels.

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    My point.

    And even though some were capable, I believe only the DN were put up for FCC certification for narrow.

    Add to that, many of the splinters still won't program in the DN's.

    But all in all, a good solid radio.

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