EARLY HF RADIOS

Submitted: Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
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I KNOW THE QUESTION HAS BEEN ADDRESSED MANY TIMES BUT CAN I HAVE YOUR OPINIONS ON BARRETT 225 AND CODAN X2. WHAT THINGS SHOULD I LOOK OUT FOR AND DO THEY HAVE THE FEATURES REQUIRED FOR REMOTE TOURING?
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Reply By: Member - Nigel - Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
Don't know much about the 225's, but the X2 is from the same family as the 9323, and as such is proven and reliable and even computer programmable (by a dealer). It doesn't have selcal, but that can be added in the form of a Jenal selcall mic - see www.jenal.com

The X2 only has 10 channels, which is enough for normal HF use. I have 360 channels in my 9323 but I wouldn't regularly use more than 10-12 channels.

A mate of mine has an X2 in his tinny with a tapped whip this setup works quite well. He used to use UHF but found the range limited in the mangrove lined creeks and rivers of FNQ and the Top End.
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Reply By: WILLO - Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
THANKS NIGEL. I BELIEVE THE BARRETT THAT I HAVE BEEN LOOKING AT HAS SELCAL HOWEVER THE CODANS DO NOT. WHAT COST ARE INVOLVED TO CONVERT (ROUGHLY SPEAKING OF COURSE)? SORRY TO SEEM SO NAIVE BUT WHAT IS A 'TAPPED WHIP' ANTENNA.
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Follow Up By: Member - Nigel - Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
A Jenal Selcall Mic with installation by a dealer (some mods required on radio) is around $350-$500

A Tapped Whip is the type of antenna that has a lead and lots of sockets at various points on the antenna. You plug the lead into the appropriate socket for the frequency you are going to use. The alternative type of antenna is the autotuner, which is simpler to use but not quite as good at getting a signal out.

I use an autotuner (with 360 channels a tapped whip is not practicle) but carry a tapped whip with about 9 frequencies for emergency backup.
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Reply By: WILLO - Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
SILLY ME STILL TRYING TO WORK OUT THE SITE!!!
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Follow Up By: Tuco69 - Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
Why are you YELLING! ??
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Follow Up By: Willo - Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00

Thursday, Oct 31, 2002 at 01:00
HAVENT FIGURED OUT THE LOWER CASE YET...HANG ON...AH THere it is!!!!
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Reply By: Tuco69 - Saturday, Nov 02, 2002 at 01:00

Saturday, Nov 02, 2002 at 01:00
That's much better - can turn the volume back up now! LOL !
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