[chirp_users] inexpensive Dual Band Mobile radios?

Dave Nathanson k6gzjo.lists.chirpusers at nathanson.org
Mon Nov 16 10:48:53 PST 2015

John LaMartina, 
If/when you have any news of any kind about that new version of the KT8900 and CHIRP compatibility, please let me know. 

I see what might be that new radio version listed as: 
"WACCOM MINI-8900 136-174/400-480MHz Mobile Transceiver (SCR + Fan add version) + cable"
Not sure if that is the new version you're referring to. Is that the new version you mentioned?


Dave Nathanson

On Nov 10, 2015, at 7:45 AM, John LaMartina <johnla at usa.net> wrote:

Here is the review of the VV898 series.

as well as the
An updated version of the KT8900 is to be released in about 5 days.
(no bugs and more features)

The VV898 is CHIRP compatible.
The KT8900 is not CHIRP compatible yet.

- http://www.miklor.com

Sent: Tuesday, November 10, 2015 5:20 AM
To: Chirp Discussion
Subject: [chirp_users] inexpensive Dual Band Mobile radios?
[This is sort of off-topic, but hinges on CHIRP support for the radio] 
Howdy, I'd like to get a recommendation for a dual band mobile radio for a new ham that will (probably) not use it a whole lot. But it needs to work reliably enough, even if not a lot of features. Actually less features is fine, that is just less stuff to not understand & less to forget between uses!   :-) 
Mounting a UV5R in a car doesn't seem like a good idea. Can anyone offer anything good or bad about any "inexpensive" mobile dual band ham radio, including the Leixen VV-898 or Jetstream JT270M (apparently the same radio). It is one of the few cheap Mobile units I see on the list of CHIRP supported radios. 
Amazon reviews seem fairly ok, especially for $99.  I'm interested in a CHIRP-supported radio. This is intended for an 1997 Jeep Cherokee, and a small radio is probably a better match. It does need to be a dual bander. 
If the cost gets anywhere even near $200, I'd just recommend the Yaesu 7900 or Yaseu 8800. But for this situation, I'm open to hearing about cheaper alternatives that I might be able to recommend until this new ham grows into the "sport". 
Thanks for your helpful council. 
Dave Nathanson
PS: if you know of a better forum to ask about CHIRP compatible mobile radios, it's ok to shoot me a pm or direct email about it. 
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