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Hey all,

I'm currently on the hunt for an IP-rated UHF/VHF handheld....specifically something with an IP57, IP58, IP67 or IP68 rating, and capable of TX and RX from 136-175MHz and 400MHz-520MHz (ie roughly equivalent to what the UV5R will do).

And before anyone links me to lmgtfy.com....I know how to search the goddamn internet. What I want to know is what (if anything) you guys have experience with, whether you'd recommend it, etc.


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Not likely to find a dualbander that meets IP specs. Probably going to have to go into commercial monoband land and then find out what you want to focus on.

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I have the VX-7 which is bomb proof as far as i know.

Not in production anymore but you can find them used on qrz.com.

FT1D is IP5 and it the newest handheld that also does APRS.

http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cm...B444A927CD14417BFD&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0

VX-8DR

http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cm...DFA27AEE086A68F530&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0

VX8-GR

http://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cm...5942E531288EF4C787&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0

Thanks for the input.

Not likely to find a dualbander that meets IP specs. Probably going to have to go into commercial monoband land and then find out what you want to focus on.

-Mike

Damnit mike. I wanted good news!
 
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Isn't IPX5 IP rated? Is there a different spec i don't know?

I think Mike was likely referring rather specifically to the level of IP ratings I was asking after. IPX5 is an IP rating, yes....but it is NOT IP 57/58/67/68


ETA: For clarity...

http://www.dsmt.com/resources/ip-rating-chart

IPX5 is rated for water spray only. In contrast IP68 is essentially dust and water proof.


ETA2: I'm pretty sure the rest of this post makes me sound like a douche who's not appreciative of the information you provided me. I am. My hopes of finding exactly what I was looking for are dwindling at an uncontrollable rate, and the radios you were nice enough to provide links to look like they may be solid options moving forward. Thank you.
 
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I have the VX-7 which is bomb proof as far as i know. ...

No kidding:

VX7s in Water Tank.JPG


That photo may have been taken in the Yaesu booth at Dayton the year the VX-7 was announced.
 
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I think Mike was likely referring rather specifically to the level of IP ratings I was asking after. IPX5 is an IP rating, yes....but it is NOT IP 57/58/67/68


ETA: For clarity...

http://www.dsmt.com/resources/ip-rating-chart

IPX5 is rated for water spray only. In contrast IP68 is essentially dust and water proof.


ETA2: I'm pretty sure the rest of this post makes me sound like a douche who's not appreciative of the information you provided me. I am. My hopes of finding exactly what I was looking for are dwindling at an uncontrollable rate, and the radios you were nice enough to provide links to look like they may be solid options moving forward. Thank you.

no worries dude I don't think you were being a doosh.

another radio to consider is the Kenwood th-f6a. same ip rating but has 220 and receives hf SSB. not many other ht's have that wide range of rx
 
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no worries dude I don't think you were being a doosh.

another radio to consider is the Kenwood th-f6a. same ip rating but has 220 and receives hf SSB. not many other ht's have that wide range of rx

Thanks. I realize what I'm looking for is pretty hopeless [laugh], but ideally I would like something that will cover more than just the HAM frequencies. FRS, GMRS, Marine VHF, commercial two-way, etc., and given that emergency comms is sort of the end-game here, the high IP rating is important too.
 
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Thanks. I realize what I'm looking for is pretty hopeless [laugh], but ideally I would like something that will cover more than just the HAM frequencies. FRS, GMRS, Marine VHF, commercial two-way, etc., and given that emergency comms is sort of the end-game here, the high IP rating is important too.

that's a tall order and I'm not sure it exists commercially. that Kenwood will rx but not tx on all those and more. lot of bang for the buck in an emergency situation.
 
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that's a tall order and I'm not sure it exists commercially. that Kenwood will rx but not tx on all those and more. lot of bang for the buck in an emergency situation.

A quick skim through kenwood's page showed that some of their Land Mobile offerings came damn close to what I'm looking for, although it seems I might end up paying for P25 capability (which I don't need?) to get it.
 
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