Ham Radio

VHF Rigs

I like to window-shop for new equipment. Wouldn't it be nice to have a serious upgrade to my 30-year old Yaesu FT-480R? Here are random notes that help me compare and contrast.

VHF 2-Meter All-Mode Transceivers

You need an all-mode VHF portable radio. In no particular order, some good candidates include:

Mfr Model MSRP Bands Modes Power Detach Face Rating Photo Mfd Notes Mem FP Size
Icom IC-9100 $3,800 HF, 6m, 2m AM, FM, SSB, CW, RTTY 100 n Photo 2009-200x 36,540
Icom IC-746 HF, 6m, 2m AM, FM, SSB, CW 100 n 4.7 Photo 1997-2002 34,993
Icom IC-746 Pro III $1,870 HF, 6m, 2m AM, FM, SSB, CW 100 n 4.7 Photo 2001-2009 34,440
Icom IC-551D $480 6m AM, FM, SSB, CW 50 n 5.0 Photo 198x-198x Not 2m   26,751
Icom IC-275A $800 2m AM, FM, SSB 25 n 22,895
Icom IC-275E 2m AM, FM, SSB 25 n Photo 22,895
Icom IC-275H 2m AM, FM, SSB 100 n Photo 22,895
Icom IC-820H $1,290 2m, 70cm FM, SSB, CW 35, 30 n 4.8 Photo 1994-199x Better than IC-821H 22,654
Icom IC-910H $1,500 6m, 2m FM, NFM, SSB, CW 100 n 4.1 Photo 2000-200x Top rated 212 22,654
Icom IC-7000 $1,300 HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 100, 50, 35 yes 4.4 Photo 2005-200x 9,686
Icom IC-706 Mk 2G HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, SSB, CW, RTTY 100, 50, 20 yes 4.4 Photo 1999-2009 9,686
Icom IC-756   HF, 6m AM, FM, SSB, CW 100 n 4.3 Photo 1996-2000 Not 2m   8,060
Kenwood TS-2000 $2,300 HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, NFM, SSB, CW, FSK 100, 100, 100, 50 yes 4.5 Photo 2000-20xx 300 30,067
Kenwood TS-590s $1,800 HF, 6m AM, FM, SSB, CW, FSK 100 n 4.8 Photo 2010-20xx Top rated, Not 2m   29,960
Kenwood TR-9000 2m FM, SSB, CW 10 n 4.8 Photo 19xx-19xx 5 11,560
Kenwood TR-9130 2m FM, SSB, CW 25 n 4.1 Photo 1982-19xx 11,560
Kenwood TM-731   2m, 70cm FM 50, 35 n 4.9 Photo 199x-1992 Not all-mode   8,000
Kenwood TR-757 na na 197x-19xx Really old
Yaesu FT-736R 2m, 70cm, 1.2G opt FM, NFM, SSB, CW 25 n 4.7 Photo 1987-1999 Top rated 47,472
Yaesu FT-726R 2m FM, SSB, CW 10 n 4.5 Photo 1983-198x No ctcss 43,086
Yaesu FT-900   HF AM, FM, SSB, CW 100 yes   Photo 1994-199x Not 2m 100 22,134
Yaesu FT-897D $1,049 HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, SSB, CW 25, 12, 5 n 4.6 Photo 2004-200x 200 16,000
Yaesu FT-480R 2m FM, SSB, CW 30 n 4.2 Photo 1980-198x No ctcss 4 10,800
Yaesu FT-290R $529 2m FM, SSB, CW 2.5 n 4.7 Photo 1981-198x 10 8,700
Yaesu FT-100D $1,200 HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, SSB, CW 100, 50, 20 yes 4.2 Photo 2000-200x 8,640
Yaesu FT-857D $769 HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, SSB, CW 100, 50, 20 n 4.5 Photo 2004-200x 8,060
Yaesu FT-817ND $600 HF, 6m, 2m, 70cm AM, FM, WFM, SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 5 n 4.8 Photo 2004-200x 5,130
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