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#1 jeremyb66

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Posted 12 January 2021 - 09:48 PM

I bet i missed a forum on this but what would be a good waterproof gmrs/ham radio? 



#2 Lscott

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 01:27 PM

Well first there are no "Ham Radios" that are also certified for GMRS in spit of what you may read on various web sites.

 

There are many Part 90 commercial radios, and some even include Part 95 certification, that are designed and tested for outdoors operation so are weather proof, rain - dust etc. Many of those radios can be programmed to operate over part or the full Ham 70cm band.

 

I have the following models from Kenwood. There are others from Motorola along with other major manufactures.

 

TK-370G

https://fccid.io/ALH29473110

https://mra-raycom.c...ct-Brochure.pdf

 

 

TK-3170

https://fccid.io/ALH34713110

http://www.swscomm.c...K-2170_3170.pdf

 

 

TK-3140

https://fccid.io/ALH32263110

https://www.ameradio...TK2140_3140.pdf

 

Be careful of the model type. Look at the specifications because the UHF radios come in several frequency ranges. For GMRS you want to cover at least the 460 MHz to 470 MHz range. A few models will cover 400 MHz to 470 MHz which is perfect for Ham and GMRS. I have successfully programmed the above models down to about 440 MHz which covers the repeater and most of the simplex section of the Ham 70cm band per the ARRL published band plans. The software will put up a warning window about the out of band frequency but will accept it anyway when you click OK.

 

https://www.icomamer...lan-10-2017.pdf



#3 berkinet

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 03:43 PM

Well first there are no "Ham Radios" that are also certified for GMRS in spit of what you may read on various web sites....

 

I think you either mis-read the post, or were mentally responding to another topic.  @jeremyb66 was asking about waterproof ham radios.

Personally, I don't know of any. But, that doesn't mean they don't exist.


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#4 n4gix

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Posted 13 January 2021 - 10:21 PM

I think you either mis-read the post, or were mentally responding to another topic.  @jeremyb66 was asking about waterproof ham radios.

Personally, I don't know of any. But, that doesn't mean they don't exist.

The OP wrote "...what would be a good waterproof gmrs/ham radio?"

 

So he was inquiring about both services.



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Posted 14 January 2021 - 02:11 AM

Yaesu VX series are submersible. VX6 is currently available new, VX7 and VX8 are discontinued. These are ham, not GMRS radios. I have Yaesu FT1XD, it is not submersible, but fairly good weather-protected. Build quality is on par with commercial radios.


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Posted 15 January 2021 - 06:38 AM

I bet i missed a forum on this but what would be a good waterproof gmrs/ham radio?

Hello Jeremy.

I cannot speaker to quality and have no experience with it, but I stumbled across this ham radio this morning. The importer asserts waterproof submerged 3 feet for 3 hours. See the following link: https://www.ruggedra...roducts_id=2262


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#7 Lscott

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Posted 15 January 2021 - 01:19 PM

Hello Jeremy.

I cannot speaker to quality and have no experience with it, but I stumbled across this ham radio this morning. The importer asserts waterproof submerged 3 feet for 3 hours. See the following link: https://www.ruggedra...roducts_id=2262


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If you're really interested in this radio I would research it a lot more. Rugged Radios has been known to take cheaper Chinese radios, rebranded the radio and sold them at inflated prices.

 

Somebody here will likely recognize the original manufacture, if the radio was rebranded, and where you could buy one much cheaper.



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Posted 15 January 2021 - 06:37 PM

If you're really interested in this radio I would research it a lot more. Rugged Radios has been known to take cheaper Chinese radios, rebranded the radio and sold them at inflated prices.

Somebody here will likely recognize the original manufacture, if the radio was rebranded, and where you could buy one much cheaper.


Took a quick look, this tyt looks quite similar https://www.amazon.c...uct/B07CY6CRZH/

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Posted 16 January 2021 - 11:44 AM

My suggestion, that I used extensively with expensive hand held radios, is buy a hand microphone.  I kept the radio inside my jacket looped the mic out.  Microphones cheaper than any radio.  This was the fire service before all these fancy new equipment.  
 



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Posted 16 January 2021 - 11:12 PM

I have been using a Ailunce HD1 and although I am no ham or radio expert, I have had no issues so far with the radio and it's waterproof.






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