[aprssig] Two meter radio

Stephen H. Smith wa8lmf2 at aol.com
Thu Aug 28 20:52:50 EDT 2014

On 8/28/2014 7:25 PM, Bill Vodall wrote:
> Has anybody discovered a good 2 meter data radio?
> There's a market here for somebody that knows how to program and tune
> up the used commercial radios.
> This IC-2300H looks nice but it's a little pricey and it doesn't
> appear to have the 6 pin data jack.
>    http://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-011532

Yaesu FT-1900   Direct descendent of one of the best APRS data/APRS radios of 
all time (the FT-1500).     50+ watts 2M monobander.    5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 1.6" 
  and CHEAP.   Currently  $127.00  at


Unfortunately, unlike it's predecessor, it doesn't have the 6-pin mini-DIN data 
port. However, the mic jack does use a standard 6-contact RJ-13 jack that 
should be easy to make up cables for.

[If you ever see an FT-1500 at swapmeets, flea markets, etc,  GRAB IT.   It's 
incredibly compact (less than an inch thick), has the data port, puts out 
50-plus watts, and is cased in a nearly indestructible CAST-aluminum clamshell 
case.    Another nice touch is that it has a built-in digital voltmeter that 
shows the supply voltage on the main display for a few seconds when you first 
turn it on. Makes for a perfect high-power ammo-box tracker with built-in 
battery checker!]



Stephen H. Smith    wa8lmf (at) aol.com
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