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PostSubject: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSat Jan 11, 2020 11:34 am

I'm looking for a new multimode rig . All my other past rigs have been older with just a ch number but also a amateur so I like a frequency readout.

So looking for something not too heavy or delicate for /p .

Had a cre in past which a alinco 135uk copy yes was good but the mic was naff and ptt switch kept playing up . In end it let out the magic smoke .

Another consideration I been thinking is the grant 2 premium. What are peoples thoughts or any other suggestions please ?

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSat Jan 11, 2020 12:55 pm

crt ss6900 on sale lamco £134
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSat Jan 11, 2020 6:22 pm

Hi Matt,

The G2 premium is a nicer quality radio than the Chinese export type rigs but much less flexible in terms of programmable options like the DR135. If you only want the C.B. legal frequencies I would consider that or the President Mckinley.

However if you want the flexibility the CRT SS9900 is very popular and worth a look.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSat Jan 11, 2020 10:50 pm

I'm looking for the free band area . Main interest is ssb portion but from time to time will go on fm .
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSat Jan 11, 2020 10:52 pm

Oh garry , I'm not keen on a plastic looking on the SS 9900 personally but that's just me . Being a amateur I spoilt myself with yaesus etc
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 12, 2020 9:45 am

Hi Matt,

Perhaps a wide banded HF set like a Yaesu 450d?

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 12, 2020 10:00 am

Only thing is it does not fit in with being channalised with a frequency readout while being light for portable and working on hill tops .

Only reason why want channalised with a frequency readout . Because some people say a frequency and some a channel number and much quicker to tune to set frequencies .

Options are

Grant 2
Lincoln 2
CRT 9900
Alinco 135uk
Magnum s9
Delta force
Anyone 5555

That's all I can think of really which suits the use
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeSun Jan 12, 2020 9:15 pm

Grant 2 Premium is now a discontinued radio. Most sellers are reporting no stock left. Waters and Stanton still have a few for sale. Various rumours as to why, the most likely I've heard was Murata getting out of the RF filter market. Quite a few mechanical filter manufacturers are shutting down as SDR makes them less needed.

President McKinley is the replacement for the Grant now but I prefer the look of the Grant 2 P plus the fact you didn't have to press and hold a function button to switch between UKFM and EU/CEPT AM/FM/SSB.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeMon Jan 13, 2020 6:42 am

I have both the G2 and the CRE8900 (DR135) variant. The G2 is better made and sounds nicer to listen to. The DR135 is cheap and sounds muffled to my ears but can do about 25-30 MHz programmable so does a little bit more.

Like connor has said the G2 is discontinued now so if you can get one new then you better do so quickly. I have to say the Mckinley is starting to grow on me a bit now but I didn't initially warm to the look of it.

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeMon Jan 13, 2020 11:52 am

I all ways thought the cre 8900 was not a copy of the alnico 135uk the alnico was the copy and every one thought get the alnico its a better radio it not and lots who bought them had lots of probs I bought the cre8900 and is still a great radio read out is not to good from looking at it from a angle they had them in the states before we got them a great radio when programmed right and use it on 11m export and then go to 10m and switch back to the same chan seen them badged as kenwood.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for a new multimode    Looking for a new multimode  Icon_minitimeMon Jan 13, 2020 3:29 pm

I think you are right Stephen but as fare as I'm aware they come out of the same factory in China.
I'm not really knocking the 8900 for what is is it does a good job, I just wish it sounded nicer perhaps my old ears are the problem!!!
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