Friday, January 23, 2009

All Else Has Failed

When all else fails, amateur radio works. At least that's the way it's always been for me. I discovered yesterday that my HT is now out of service because the battery is toast. That's what I get for leaving it in storage too long.

My current HT is a Yaesu VX-7R. It's an ok radio, but it has way more features than I really care about. I've never used 6m or 1.25m on it. Battery life is (was) good and the weight is reasonable. I'm not crazy about the display (particularly the font), but its backlit in several ways and is easily readable.

I went online to buy a replacement battery pack for the 7R and was a bit surprised at the cost. A new FNB-80LI 1400ma battery pack from Vertex Standard runs about $85 retail. After searching at a few online retailers, I decided to stop looking and come up with a plan.

A little while later I got back online and searched for cheap handhelds. This meant I was looking at single band radios. I've always had dual band radios, but I really only care about 2m on the HT these days. I ended up buying an Icom IC-V82 7W 2m HT for $129.95. This radio can also work with D-STAR systems, which I've been passively curious about.

New radio arrives at some point in time, hopefully in time for the volunteer event that I signed up to do communications for.

4 comments:

Camille said...

you need to put the rest of your Christmas pictures up on flickr.

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Peter Hope-Tindall said...

Same thing happened to me - took my Yaesu VX-6R out of a box last year and the battery refused to take a charge (it was below the critical voltge for the Li battery).

An expensive lesson about leaving batteries in storage.

I found an aftermartket battery on ebay for considerably less than the Yaseu brand.

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