Icom IC-80AD, Yaesu FT-2D and Baofeng RD-5R
Three radios – Three modes. In the kit, I have an older Icom IC-80AD for D-STAR, a Baofeng RD-5R for DMR and a Yaesu FT-2D for C4FM.
My first acquisition was the Icom. At the time it was the latest and greatest handheld that Icom made. It’s a good radio and I’ve had many years of use out of it. I lost interest in D-STAR after a while. It sort of became a tick-the-box mode. More recently I’ve found an interest in DMR and C4FM, so I bought one of the Chinese Baofeng handhelds and later a Yaesu FT2D. I have a couple of old Baofeng UV-5Rs for foxhunting. Priced at $50 each I didn’t really mind if one ended up in a creek or lost down a drain. They also made great foxes.
Below are a few comments and observations about these handhelds. As well, I thought I’d add my code plugs (radio programming files) for the download to get you going. These are for my local area but they may get you started. And if you want to know my favourite… read on!