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PostSubject: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 12:56 pm

So, tomorrow going to test drive the new 2021 Jeep Cherokee. Pretty sure we will buy it.

Now my wife hates radios in the car, house, anywhere really. So looking for a real small one that can be tucked away.
I see some of the Chinese ones are small. Anyone have one they can recommend? Or even one of the main manufactures.
Don't want a hand held.

Last Autumn we bought a new caravan. So want to get HF in there, Need small again to keep it out of the way.

If the country / Border open up this year, plan on getting around this continent.

I think I can even work it so I can work from the caravan. Can stay away so much longer then.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 1:58 pm

I bought this one and couldn't believe how small it was and how well it worked.
 https://www.amazon.co.uk/Retevis-Transceiver-Rotatable-Microphone-Programming/dp/B076Q96S71/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?adgrpid=67512954851&dchild=1&gclid=Cj0KCQiAnKeCBhDPARIsAFDTLTKCMVHq2BYWVTwlkcmm4XvcmoNVPZ2LEOFGb2DQPVZ62XDmfvfye1AaAqd6EALw_wcB&hvadid=310557540219&hvdev=c&hvlocphy=1007441&hvnetw=g&hvqmt=e&hvrand=17520618121477985964&hvtargid=kwd-393985702705&hydadcr=5053_1827785&keywords=retevis+rt95&qid=1615471042&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExSzA3RjBKQlNaN0tXJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwOTUxMDk0MUdNOFFOOU5BTFc2RSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwNzM3ODc4R0w2WVdZN1pHS1VRJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfYXRmJmFjdGlvbj1jbGlja1JlZGlyZWN0JmRvTm90TG9nQ2xpY2s9dHJ1ZQ==
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 2:01 pm

Retevis rt95 even.
This link works better but you get the gist.
https://www.retevis.com/RT95-Dual-Band-HAM-Mobile-Radio-US-version#A9129AX1

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 2:41 pm

The modern radios can be quite tiny Jeff.

Some of the modern CB's and VHF/UHF stuff aren't much bigger than the old Dunhill flat 20 cigarette packets!!

I'm more of an old fashioned, serviceable, (and visible!), parts inside user but have been blown away by modern stuff. Even impressed with some of the hybrid/SDR performance. 

Unfortunately I can't give you any first hand experience......my wife doesn't mind a radio around, but she'd KILL me if I spent the sort of money some of them cost! Very Happy

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Not meaning to jump off topic but how is that little Retevis RT95 Alan? Been eyeing them up recently Wink
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 3:24 pm

Might sound daft Victor but i have lost it at the moment lol.
Got the box and from measuring the insert it fits in it is.
Front to back 6"
Side to side 5"
Depth 1.5"
Going to have a good look for it now.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 3:32 pm

Found it.
Baofeng on top.
And very slightly thicker.Looking for micro dual band radio. 1_rv9510
Looking for micro dual band radio. 2_rv9510

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 3:53 pm

Wow! That is tiny Alan. Smile

Thanks for posting that up mate, now I know what strength reading glasses I'll need to operate it! Very Happy

No honestly, thanks for that, gives me a better idea on contemplating it now. 👍
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 11, 2021 4:00 pm

It's quite readable the screen to be honest Victor.
Can see the screen better on it than i can see the Baofeng it's nice and clear/bright and colour sort of red/blue/green/white.
Chirp (free) to program it ??? not touched it since October.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeFri Mar 12, 2021 10:54 pm

That one looks kinda interesting. Seems to have OK reviews... Can't get one here in Canada, So emailed the Chinese distributer.  Wait and see.
Good news is, today we ordered our Jeep Cherokee.
Pick it up on Tuesday!
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 2:08 am

I have a similar issue with the wife's car that I want a radio in for when I drive it. 

So, small remote head radio, where the mic can plug into the face, and the body goes under the front seat.  All your see in a decent install is the end of the cable the head plugs into when not fitted/in use, and you could use any manner of suction mount or cup holder phone mounts for the face.

I'll probably resurrect my old IC-208 for the purpose.

In her car, I'll probably also use a glass mount antenna on the rear window too, so it can all be removed until I drive it for a longer trip.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 9:23 am

I have a crt 279uv, good little radio, my only gripe with it is that it only has 2 power modes: low - 5w and high - 25w (I think). Put part from that, the thing is absolutely tiny! Even smaller than the baofeng and I think, but might be wrong smaller than a retevis? I might be wrong though.

I am however thinking of selling the crt and getting somthing that has a 10w mode. If you're interested let me know otherwise it might end up in ebay haha
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 1:03 pm

Crt 279uv in comparison with baofeng

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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 2:16 pm

Does it have ctcss?
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 3:39 pm

53 Prefect wrote:
Does it have ctcss?
Does in deed, they sell them brand new on knights. 

https://www.kcb.co.uk/contents/en-uk/p1966_CRT_279_UV.html
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 3:40 pm

But I live in Canada.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 3:46 pm

53 Prefect wrote:
But I live in Canada.


Ah that might be a problem then, have a look on some of the Canadian amateur radio selling sites for one? Some times aswell they're sold under QYT brand model kt-8900D
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 4:12 pm

£35 postage to Canada from the UK.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeSat Mar 13, 2021 4:15 pm

Just looked at that radio.
It was the first one i bough but bought the one in the picture the same day.
Never opened the package for that one and sold it on the bay unopened.
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PostSubject: Re: Looking for micro dual band radio.   Looking for micro dual band radio. Icon_minitimeThu Mar 18, 2021 2:48 pm

Just to confirm that you can program the Retevis rt95 with Chirp for free.
Only just got round to programming mine as i only ever listened on it before i got my licence and bought the FT-991A just before i passed so sat on the shelf since but might put it in my car.
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