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    Default UHF + Broadband Scanner

    Hi there

    I am trying to find a UHF radio (of one that operates in the uhf CBRS band) BUT also has a broadband scanner (must have airband included)

    does anyone know if one exists - any help would be greatly appreciated.

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    icom 207 or 208......

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    IC-208 is suitable. Though they don't like running high power on UHF CB.

    You may also find it simpler or chepaer just to have a UHF CB and a seperate scanner.

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    Hmmm. I love my 208.
    Great Radio.
    PC programmable with a $15 cable and some software.
    What happens if I press alt + F4?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoe View Post
    icom 207 or 208......
    Do these do AM for airband?

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    Yes. NO TX on airband
    What happens if I press alt + F4?

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    They easily modded to perform on UHF CBRS ? As idont think they tx in that band right out of the box ?

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    If you are skilled with a soldering iron. The diodes are bloody small smd jobs.
    You can get them for around $275- $350 as new in the box.
    What you are after could possibly be found here.
    What happens if I press alt + F4?

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    I had a IC-208H and found it was extremely susceptible to intermod and other interferance.No good if you are in the city or in my case near a high power telco installation.


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    Yes, mine often gets wiped out in the city or pager alley.
    The mod is simple to do, but if you're not confident the dealer may do it for you for an extra $30.

    They work well on UHF CB, but as I mentioned above, they do not like to run high power that high up. If you run them on 5W low power, they'll run forever.
    Medium power they also handle ok, but I avoid running mine on medium power even though Im not worried about it causing a problem.
    High power I'm aware of a problem that has occured with mine, and if the unit is being knocked around a lot, it is almost assured the problem will occur.
    Solution is simple, with the programing cable (or the front panel) program CB channels to be low power. If you need high power, turn it up manually, use it and if you tune off channel or turn off the radio, it defaults back to low power.
    High power in the amateur bands isn't an issue.
    You'll probably just program all the channels as low power anyway to be quasi legit.

    Airband is sensitive enough as are most of the other strange bands. I can hear the Fleetcom sats no problems. I wish it could TX there !

    After owning this radio for a couple of weeks, you'll probably want to get a foundation ham radio licence. That should take about 30 minutes to find a Cornflakes packet and open it.

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    HEY! thank you very much for your help - yeh - you have pretty much made up my mind

    On a side note - does it have selcall - like on the UHF CBRS - not a big deal - i am guessing it does not as it normall works in the other bands.

    thank you very much - such a great help

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    No, neither the 207 or 208H have selcall. In fact every amateur / ham radio does not have 'selcall' - not one that's compatible with UHF CB anyway.

    The 208H is as close as what you'll get to your perfection radio.
    If you want a handheld that does the same job (UHF CB TX and wideband RX) then I can recommend Alinco DJ-V5. Great little receiver, but with very square/box like dimensions, unfortunately. Again, must be modified for UHF CB TX. And again, software is available to program them from a PC, though I never bothered with that myself.

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    He's probably confused between Selcall and CTCSS or DCS (tone squelch).

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    Smile i have 2 vertex 3200us there excellent

    hi vertex 3200us are great but there not a common radio here there from the usa,they take upto 128 channels 450mhz to 520mhz,thx hamguy2 nsw

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    .....but a 'vertex 3200' does about 5% of what an IC-208H does. The original poster wasn't looking for a toy CB radio, he was after a scanner.

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    no - i am not getting it confused with ctcss or dcs

    Anyway - now that i see that as the potential mobile radio - would there be any hand held radios out there - that may do the same thing - uhf radio (or radio that allow tx on 477) + braodband scanner (inc airband)

    thanks again for the input - there are just somany radios out there - kinda hard to narrow down

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    yes, in a handheld the Alinco DJ-V5 does much the same thing - only less power of course. Great broadband scanner, excellent audio for a handheld, and will TX with decent power at 477 MHz once modified. The only drawbacks for me are that it has very square dimensions and so looks & feels 'fat', and comes with NiCd batteries only - you could buy the dry cell case and pack in better NiMH batteries.

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    Hi there,

    With the modification for the DJ-V5 to TX on 477, does it require soldering or can it be done using the software?

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    a really good site to tell you how to do the mods to various radios is:


    in there, you'll see that the DJ-V5 mod needs soldering and software in the form of a secret reset sequence done by the keypad to work.

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    Smile icom 208 out of the box modded if you wish i believe there$3999

    hi fdc 460a is a good little 477mhz handheld versatile 99 memory channel ctss dcs etc ,they went up abit on ebay since i bought 1 work great on 70 cm as well .also you can buy a heap off cheap accesories for them to like speaker mic, program lead ,in car charger battery eliminator ,antenna adaptors from sms to bnc or whatever but great little scanner for uhf commerical stuff even works well on 468050 up in the hunter valley as a police scanner as thats the only analog uhf channel in newcastle nsw still running its linked with 78.5625 .thanks hamguy2 nsw.

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