Two-Way Radios

Yaesu FT-7900R (2)

Yaesu FT-7900R
Yaesu FT-7900R

I have two Yaesu FT-7900R’s, which serve as my primary dual-band (2m/70cm) home and mobile rigs. One is located in my makeshift ‘radio shack’ at home and connected to a four-foot attic antenna. The other is permanently installed in my Subaru Outback and connected to a roof antenna. It is a great all-purpose rig that can also receive on weather and other bands.

  • Model: Yaesu FT-7900R
  • Type: Dual-band (2m/70cm) mobile transciever
  • Power: 50w on 2m; 40w on 70cm
  • Memory: 1,000 channels
  • Antennas:
    • ANLI A-100 dual-band (home)
    • Browning BR-180 dual-band (car)

Baofeng UV-5RA (4)

Baofeng UV-5RA
Baofeng UV-5RA

I have a set of four Baofeng UV-5RA dual-band (2m/70cm) handheld transceivers connected to seven inch Nagoya NA-701 antennas. These are very low-cost rigs, but they do the job, and the low price means they are practically disposable if something goes wrong or if one is lost or destroyed.

  • Model: Baofeng UV-5RA
  • Type: Dual-band (2m/70cm) handheld transciever
  • Power: 4w
  • Memory: 128 channels
  • Antennas: Nagoya NA-701

Scanners

Uniden BCD436HP

Uniden BCD436HP
Uniden BCD436HP

The Uniden BCD436HP is a location-aware digital scanner, which is semi-permanently installed in my Subaru Outback. It is connected to a GPS and is capable of selecting scan frequencies based on location as I travel. It is one of only a select few scanners capable of monitoring Loudoun County’s P25-Phase II systems, which makes it more useful near home than many of its competitors.

  • Model: Uniden BCD436HP
  • Type: Digital trunking scanner
  • Memory: 4gb (SDHC card)
  • Antennas: Austin Spectra

Uniden BCD325P2

Uniden BCD325P2
Uniden BCD325P2

The Uniden BCD325P2 is a programmable digital scanner that is installed in my makeshift ‘radio shack’ at home. It monitors a number of key local public safety frequencies, and also provides a private steam so I can listen from anywhere. It is also one of only a select few scanners capable of monitoring Loudoun County’s P25-Phase II systems.

  • Model: Uniden BCD325P2
  • Type: Digital trunking scanner
  • Memory: 25,000 channels
  • Antennas: Tram Discone

Radio Shack PRO-668 (2)

Radio Shack PRO-668
Radio Shack PRO-668

The Radio Shack PRO-668 is a re-branded Whistler WS1080, which itself is a re-branded GRE PSR-800 (inherited by Whistler from the old GRE scanner business). Thanks to Radio Shack’s embarrassing collapse, this scanner was sold at a large discount because it had the wrong brand name on it . . . so I got two of them. As you might have guessed from my Uniden selections, it is also one of the few scanners capable of monitoring Loudoun County’s P25-Phase II systems.

  • Model: Radio Shack PRO-668
  • Type: Digital trunking scanner
  • Memory: 2gb (SDHC card)
  • Antennas:
    • Austin Condor
    • 800MHz 2.6db Gain

Uniden BC75XLT

Uniden BC75XLT
Uniden BC75XLT

The Uniden BC75XLT is a simple, cheap analog scanner that I can use to listen to aviation, maritime, CB, FRS, GMRS, and other frequencies when my digital scanners are better-occupied with digital trunked systems.

  • Model: Uniden BC75XLT
  • Type: Analog scanner
  • Memory: 300 channels
  • Antennas: Watson W-881 Super Gainer
Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.