Yaesu FT-991A Review

It cost a pretty penny, but the Yaesu FT-911A is truly a “shack in a box.” It provides amazing all-band coverage for both transmit and receive, and is packed with so many features that you’ll still be learning new things a week, a month, or a year down the line. Sure, it’s not cheap –… Continue reading Yaesu FT-991A Review

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Icom IC-2300H Review

Simple. Small. Powerful. These are the three words we’d associate with the Icom IC-2300H. It’s not right for everyone, but if you need a rugged, small, and easy-to-use 2-meter mobile transceiver that packs up to 65 watts of power, it’s hard to do better – especially for the price. Good Built to last – The… Continue reading Icom IC-2300H Review

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Yaesu FTM-3100R Review

When you combine strong 2 meter performance, Yaesu’s reputation for quality, and a budget-friendly price, the result is the Yaesu FTM-3100R. Despite a low price, this mobile transceiver offers amazing performance on the two meter band. Just don’t expect too many bells and whistles! Good 65w, 30w, 5w transmission – The FTM-3100R has high, medium,… Continue reading Yaesu FTM-3100R Review

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Kenwood TM-D710GA Review

If you’re looking for a feature-rich VHF/UHF radio with a built-in GPS for APRS, the Kenwood TM-D710GA is definitely worth a look. Good Two-color LCD backlight – The LCD panel is large and easy to read, and can be toggled between a green and amber backlight depending on your preferences and where you’re using this… Continue reading Kenwood TM-D710GA Review

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Kenwood TM-281A Review

If you’re looking for a no-nonsense 2-meter band FM radio with plenty of power, the Kenwood TM-281A is a great choice. Sure, it may not have the frills or the bells and whistles of some more modern ham radios, but its time-tested design offers a great price-to-performance ratio. Good Amazing value – It’s pretty hard… Continue reading Kenwood TM-281A Review

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Icom ID-5100A Deluxe Review

If you’re looking to upgrade your D-STAR rig and still maintain excellent analog radio functionality, the ICOM ID-5100A Deluxe is a great option. Thanks to the intuitive 5.5-inch touchscreen, it’s exceptionally easy-to-use, and despite a relatively low price, Good Bright, clear, intuitive touchscreen – The 5.5-inch touchscreen is bright, beautiful, and easy to use. This… Continue reading Icom ID-5100A Deluxe Review

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Icom ID-4100A Review

The Icom ID-4100A combines a VHF/UHF transceiver with D-STAR functionality in an attractive, intuitive package that’s surprisingly feature-rich, considering its low overall price. It’s an appealing option both for new operators and veteran hams who many want to experiment with digital radio. Good Adjustable backlight setting – You can choose between a blue, green, white,… Continue reading Icom ID-4100A Review

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Kenwood TM-V71A Review

The best term for the TM-V71A is “no-frills.” It won’t thrill you with a colorful touchscreen. It doesn’t have a GPS or G-STAR. But that’s not what it’s meant to do. It’s meant to provide reliable dual-band VHF and UHF performance – and if you’re looking for an affordable analog radio to play around with… Continue reading Kenwood TM-V71A Review

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Icom IC-7100 Review

A fully-featured tri-band radio that also offers amazing D-STAR compatibility? Who could say no? The Icom IC-7100 may be a little bit expensive, particularly for new ham operators. But it justifies its price tag with robust features, excellent sound quality, and a surprisingly small learning curve, especially for those who have already used Icom products… Continue reading Icom IC-7100 Review

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Icom IC-2730A Review

If you’re primarily interested in dual-band UHF/VHF performance and you don’t care about digital modes, the Icom IC-2730A is an excellent choice. It doesn’t have too many bells and whistles, but it does provide 50w of transmission power, excellent audio, and a surprising amount of expandability and versatility, especially given its low price. Good Simultaneous… Continue reading Icom IC-2730A Review

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