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  6. K3MRI

    Icom IC-7100?

    I know where you live!! Hmm... methinks this might cost you... 😈
  7. W3PDP

    Icom IC-7100?

    If I recall correctly, the 7100 also has data capability without using a SignaLink. That would be good for Emcomms deployment requiring Winlink. As far as a power supply, would I want to put a DC power supply in the box? I was thinking more of a Bioenno battery (whether in the box with the radio or in a separate box). Maybe I would want to have the option for using commercial power? But I assume most applications would be ones where commercial power was not available. This is starting to sound like a (fun) project. I hope my wife does not read this message board.
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  9. KW4TO

    Icom IC-7100?

    Please let us know what you decide, I agree the IC-7100 is an excellent value radio, and unique in it's all band capabilities. You could certainly incorporate a 7100 in a portable box, with the control head external. It does not have an internal tuner, so you'll probably want an external auto-tuner. As an added bonus, you'll be able to use the 7100 as a remote head radio (see http://www.remoterig.com). Just remember to keep a well regulated power supply as part of your design.
  10. K3MRI

    Icom IC-7100?

    You're asking the wrong two people 😁 @KW4TO and I do lots of portable operating. A go-system is a given for us!!
  11. W3PDP

    Icom IC-7100?

    These are great suggestions. I guess my biggest question is whether it is a good and useful radio for portable ops and then as a secondary matter whether it is worth the investment to have a radio that would really only be used for being on the go. Right now, it would take me a little while to disconnect grounds, antennas, power, etc and pull a radio out to take it with me somewhere. That is what I mean by "disconnect and go". On field day, I saw one guy who had a musician's gear box rigged up with his radios in it, along with an antenna tuner and some other stuff. He can just take the whole box out of his shack and go. I would assume that the radios are grounded inside the box, so that there is only one ground connection for the box itself. Still, the 7100 seems like a pretty simple, compact, and portable option. I guess the key would be to find a good deal on a used one. Skip
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  17. KW4TO

    Icom IC-7100?

    PS After some brief research most 100W radios have a 13.7v plus/minus 15% voltage tolerance, including the 7100 and Yaesu 891. So assuming you want a 100W radio, you could consider the ic-7100, Yaesu 857d, or the yeasu 891 - all good options. The Yaesu have advantage on compact form factor. The 857d, although older vintage, does offer HF, VHF, UHF.
  18. KW4TO

    Icom IC-7100?

    I'm a big fanboy of the IC-7100 as it's one of the only radios that offers VHF, UHF, HF all band all mode plus DSTAR. I have 2 of them - one for the car, and one for home shack. However, one weakness to keep in mind for portable operations is that the IC-7100 in my experience is very sensitive to voltage, it does not seem to tolerate fluctuations, and will shut down. Remember it was primarily designed as a mobile rig, so it likes a steady 12.7 volts. IF you could provide a reliable power source with constant steady voltage, I think the 7100 could make an excellent go kit type radio. If not, there may be other radios designed for field use that tolerate wider voltage ranges. My yeasu ft-817 (QRP radio) for example easily works from 13v down to about 9 volts happily. Best of luck and let us know what you decide.
  19. I have a leadership MCM meeting this weekend. I'll come back with some news. You know, if every single person were respectful of the other, we could do so much more. The problem is, people want the freedom without the responsibility so we end up contaminating each other. Apparently, one of our field day teammates, the only one who chose to come without a mask, flaunting it no less, just sent out an email telling us all he tested positive. Fortunately for me, I kept very very far away from him, but regardless... unacceptable. Anyway, back to topic, let's see what happens with MCM.
  20. K3MRI

    Icom IC-7100?

    Let's see if I can get @W4DOI or @KW4TO to chime in? They both have 7100's and have used them in the field. My only beef with them in the field is that the 7100 has an awkward shape. Another option is the upcoming ICOM 705 but it's a QRP and QRPp rig with a max of 10W 😞 And then there's my HF rig, the Yaesu 891, I love its TX/RX capabilities. The menus take a bit of getting used to and, unfortunately, it's HF only. But I love it. The real question is the phrase: 'disconnect and go'. Does that mean on foot, bicycle, motorcycle or car. If it's car, then the sky's the limit. If it's anything less, then weight and size, obviously, become a consideration...
  21. Yeah. It is really disheartening to see our fellow citizens refusing to inconvenience themselves to slow the spread. In any event, I have not checked myself, but the word is the the Marine Corps signup is still not working.
  22. I found the comments about the types of traffic into net control during the immediate earthquake aftermath interesting. I participate in SKYWARN as a Ham spotter (I'm sure many on here do as well). The NWS is specific about the types of reports they want to hear. The net control script even details the specific types of information that operators are asked to report. How many times have you heard "Well, it's still sunny here" or "It just started raining" or whatever? Then again, if you listen to the HF bands at all, you will hear all manner of butchered phonetic alphabets. As a newbie who learned that it was critical to use the International Phonetic Alphabet, it is both surprising and confusing to hear the lack of discipline among Hams. Is "kilobyte" equivalent to "KB" or just "K"? When someone says "whiskey three tequila sunrise" are we having cocktail hour or is that a call sign? For those of you who come from a military background, the level of discipline (or lack) is probably a serious concern. I grew up as a sailor, racing small boats, teaching sailing, and serving as a race patrol for large regattas. Once, I was racing Lasers when I was in high school. It was a very windy day, and everyone kept capsizing. Usually it is very easy to right a Laser and continue on. But this day, the wind and waves were so high that I could not keep the bow into the wind. A "crash boat" (race patrol) came along to assist. I needed one thing: hold my bowline and keep the bow of my boat into the wind. Well, this guy had operated a crash boat before and supposedly knew what he was doing. But he could not keep the outboard engine away from me -- remember, I was in the water at this point. After having him bring the propeller dangerously close to me twice, I sent him on his way figuring that I might struggle to right the boat, but at least I would not need need stitches. The point of the story is this: Despite having the best of intentions, experience levels for any acquired skill vary widely without standardized training, testing and practice. Operating an outboard motor boat is not very hard until the conditions become less than ideal, then it starts to get more difficult to make the boat do what you want it to do. The same would appear to apply to Amateur Radio. So if we are going to have a cadre of EmComms Operators that are prepared to deploy (whether on their own initiative or as part of an agency response) training and maintenance of skills will be critical. In the case of SKYWARN or the earthquake comms, many people seem to want to participate. They have a license and they want to talk on the air. If they stopped and considered that their non-essential traffic might delay a report of something essential, people would probably stop before picking up the mic. For an EmComms squad to be effective, this process must be ingrained. Just my 2¢. And take it with a grain of salt, cause I have only had my license a few months. I barely know what I am taking about when it comes to Amateur Radio. Skip W3PDP
  23. W3PDP

    Icom IC-7100?

    I currently have the following gear in my shack: Icom ID-5100 for VHF/UHF Icom IC-7300 for HF ADG AT-100 Pro II Tuner for the HF rig Bioenno 40 battery Rig runner (coming soon: PWR Gate) In my car, I have another Icom ID-5100. I have been thinking about how to have a cost-effective go-rig for emergency comms (MCACS, ARES, event support, etc). Right now, it would be a hassle to pull gear out of my shack to take with me. I have been thinking about getting an Icom IC-7100 for use as an on-the-go rig. Given its VHF, UHF and HF capability, and the fact that it is a mobile rig, I could set it up in an Otter box or the like and have it ready to go. New it retails for around $1000. Second hand it tends to sell for $700-800. Is this a bad idea? Would that radio work for a field radio? Or would I be better off setting up my shack radios in a box so I can quickly disconnect and go? I am pretty new at all this, so I'd appreciate the benefit of your experience. 73, Skip W3PDP
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