Top 9 Mobile Ham Radio Systems For Your Vehicle

by John Sanderson

It is best to be prepared for emergency situations, and the best way to do that is with mobile ham radio. The best thing about these radios is that they can be installed in your vehicle so you never have to worry about being out of range or not having access. In addition, there are many different models and brands available on the market today and we will show you some of them below!

Here Are The Top 3 Mobile Ham Radio To Check At A Glance If You Are In A Hurry:

Product
FT-2980R FT-2980 Original Yaesu 144 MHz Single Band Mobile Transceiver 80 Watts - 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty
President Lincoln II Plus Ham Radio, Rotary Switch, Up/Down Channel Selector, VFO Mode, RF Power, S-meter, Multi-functions LCD Display, 6 Memories, Vox Function, Beep Function, AM/FM/LSB/USB/CW Modes
AnyTone Mini Size Dual Band Transceiver Mobile Radio VHF/UHF Two Way Radio AT-779UV for Car Vehicle
FT-2980R FT-2980 Original Yaesu 144 MHz Single Band Mobile Transceiver 80 Watts - 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty
President Lincoln II Plus Ham Radio, Rotary Switch, Up/Down Channel Selector, VFO Mode, RF Power, S-meter, Multi-functions LCD Display, 6 Memories, Vox Function, Beep Function, AM/FM/LSB/USB/CW Modes
AnyTone Mini Size Dual Band Transceiver Mobile Radio VHF/UHF Two Way Radio AT-779UV for Car Vehicle
Product
FT-2980R FT-2980 Original Yaesu 144 MHz Single Band Mobile Transceiver 80 Watts - 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty
FT-2980R FT-2980 Original Yaesu 144 MHz Single Band Mobile Transceiver 80 Watts - 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty
Product
President Lincoln II Plus Ham Radio, Rotary Switch, Up/Down Channel Selector, VFO Mode, RF Power, S-meter, Multi-functions LCD Display, 6 Memories, Vox Function, Beep Function, AM/FM/LSB/USB/CW Modes
President Lincoln II Plus Ham Radio, Rotary Switch, Up/Down Channel Selector, VFO Mode, RF Power, S-meter, Multi-functions LCD Display, 6 Memories, Vox Function, Beep Function, AM/FM/LSB/USB/CW Modes
Product
AnyTone Mini Size Dual Band Transceiver Mobile Radio VHF/UHF Two Way Radio AT-779UV for Car Vehicle
AnyTone Mini Size Dual Band Transceiver Mobile Radio VHF/UHF Two Way Radio AT-779UV for Car Vehicle

Top 9 Best Mobile Ham Radio Reviewed

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The President Lincoln II Plus is a high-performance, multi-mode ham radio transceiver. It offers continuous coverage of the 80, 40, and 20-meter bands. The receiver front end is designed with an IF bandwidth of 1.8 kHz to eliminate adjacent channel interference from strong FM broadcast stations and other sources of QRM (Interference). This receiver has outstanding performance on SSB/CW/AM/FM modes. You can also program up to 6 memories for quick recall of your favorite frequencies without having to search through the entire band.

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Anytone AT-D878UV is a dual-band handheld transceiver covering 144-148MHz and 420-450MHZ. The radio features 500 channels, CTCSS/DCS, high/low power setting, large LCD display, and full keypad. It comes with a belt clip, wrist strap, and DC power cable. This radio requires 13.8V DC at 300mA from a cigarette lighter socket or a 7.4V 1000mAh NiMH battery pack (not included).

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The Anytone AT-778UV II Dual Band Mobile Ham Radio is the next generation of mobile radios. It operates on both VHF and UHF bands, providing you with more frequencies to choose from. This radio offers 128 channels and has a channel capacity of 99 regular channels and 29 scan edge/dual watch channels. The Anytone AT-778UV II also features CTCSS / DCS encode/decode functions for privacy as well as an alarm function that will alert you when there is an emergency or priority call coming in.

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FONGHOO Mobile Radio Transceiver is designed for all kinds of vehicles, such as cars, trucks, buses, and so on. It has the function of transmitting and receiving. This product can be used to communicate with other vehicles or base stations through the mobile communication system. It is easy to install and use. FONGHOO Mobile Radio Transceiver adopts advanced digital technology and high-quality components which ensure its stable performance and long working life.

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The TYT TH-9800D is a 50W dual-band handheld mobile radio that provides you with the convenience of accessing two bands at once. This quadband (VHF/UHF) radio has been designed to be used in all weather conditions and can withstand exposure to moisture, dust, and dirt. It features an ergonomic design and offers easy access to controls. The large LCD screen displays information clearly, while the keypad allows for quick operation. You can also use this radio as a repeater controller or monitor it remotely using the built-in GPS system.

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This is a mini UHF VHF FM Transceiver handheld transceiver. It can be used to communicate with other radios, or you can use it as a walkie-talkie. This device has 200 channels and 10 call tones.

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This is a high-performance 50W dual-band handheld radio, which adopts the latest technology of frequency modulation and digital signal processing. It can transmit voice or data at high speed in both VHF and UHF bands. The advanced design makes it ideal for firefighting, police, military, rescue, and other public security departments.

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The AnyTone AT-778UV is a compact and lightweight dual-band transceiver. It features a large LCD display, high power, built-in CTCSS/DCS encoder and decoder, noise reduction function, and VOX function. The AT-778UV also has an automatic frequency scan function that can search for the strongest frequency in your area. This radio is equipped with a high capacity rechargeable Li-ion battery pack that provides up to 10 hours of operation on one charge with an AC adapter (sold separately).

Buying Guide For The Best Mobile Ham Radio

1. How much do I really need to spend on a mobile radio?

Mobile radios come in all shapes and sizes from high-end professional rigs with lots of bells and whistles at the price to be expected, down to VHF handhelds that will do an adequate job for minimal cost. If you’re going to splurge on a good rig, make sure it has features you’ll actually use – not just ones that sound cool or look impressive. You can pick up a decent dual-band VHF/UHF rig for around $200 that would suit your needs if it’s primarily local range communications (within 30 miles) you want. Another option is to go for a handheld transceiver with built-in mobile mounting brackets and power options – these are fine if you’re looking at communicating on the local repeaters or possibly even on simplex out to around 5 miles, but they are by no means “all-in-one” solutions since you’ll have an incredibly limited number of channels available. If your needs are anything beyond this scope, you will find yourself paying for it one way or another – whether it’s through not being able to get the needed range out of your mobile setup or buying multiple kits instead of using a single all-band/all-mode mobile radio that can do everything you need it to.

2. What kind of antenna am I going to use?

This is something elsewhere you’ll need to take a look at your needs and decide what is reasonable for the price. If it’s only the local range you’re looking at, chances are that any antenna will do – but any extended range operations will require an external antenna if not very careful attention is paid to grounding/battery drain/etc. Keep in mind that unless you have a commercial vehicle or RV, there is usually limited space available for mounting antennas on top of your car or truck – so make sure whatever route you choose leaves enough room for radios/lights/windshield wipers, etc.

3. How am I going to power my radio?

Any mobile radio will require 12-16vdc direct current (DC) power to work, so unless you happen to have a car battery wired and sitting under your seat – you’ll need some sort of power source. There are two main options here:

a) Get a complete mobile kit – these come with everything (radio, antenna, DC power & mount, speaker/mic). These can be relatively expensive depending on the brand and what you’re looking for – but they usually include everything that’s needed; or

b) Get each piece separate – This is by far the most economical route if your needs are reasonably low-end. A decent dual-band radio will run around $175-$200 and an antenna for it will probably be another $75-$100 (including mounts/cables etc.), which means you can easily get by for less than $300 – possibly even as little as $200 if you watch for sales.

4. What other accessories will I need?

This question is a lot harder to answer since it comes down to exactly what features your mobile rig has and what kind of tasks you want to use it for, but here are a few ideas:

a) A speaker/mic – these usually come with the radio itself, but they’re often cheap aftermarket devices that don’t sound all that great or last long. If you have a better option available go ahead and splurge on it – but in general try to stick with the OEM equipment when possible; b) Coax cable – This isn’t something everyone thinks about, but if you’re mounting your radio in the trunk it can be a real pain to run new cables when moving antennas, etc. around. Make sure your kit comes with enough coax to get the job done or that additional feet are easy to find/affordable; c) DC power adapters – The mobile radio is pretty self-sufficient once everything is hooked up, but consider accessories like cigarette lighter sockets for powering other items (GPS units, laptops, etc.) and USB charging ports coming out of the radio so you can keep your phone charged on longer trips;

5. What should I BYO?

The short answer here would read “nothing” since no one wants an incomplete kit where they have to go back and buy missing items, but there are a few things to consider:

a) Manuals and documentation – This can be especially helpful if you’re not familiar with whatever system your mobile rig comes with. Sometimes the manuals that come with aftermarket accessories aren’t all that complete/helpful so having something else available with more information is important; b) Mounting brackets – These may or may not come with your kit and it’s often difficult to find quality metal ones at retail stores since everything seems to be made of plastic these days. If mounting the radio in the trunk (like most people do), make sure you get good brackets specifically for this purpose; c) Power cables – If using commercial mounts, chances are they require certain types of power connectors and unless you have a power source nearby you’ll need an extra length of cable with the correct connectors.

3 Benefits Of Mobile Ham Radio

1. First of all, Mobile Ham Radio has a better range than your typical handheld or stationary 2m/70cm radio. It is because mobile radios are usually highly powerful, have better antennas mounted on them and you are not limited to just 1 watt of power like with typical HTs.

2 . Secondly, it should be obvious that your antenna being outside the vehicle makes stronger signals than putting it inside your car. This is why people who use their HTs in public areas should always use an external antenna if they want the best range possible.

3. Lastly, if there was a natural disaster or another emergency, a Mobile Radio operation can come to the rescue. Even though most stations are required to have their licenses renewed once every 10 years by now, their knowledge of Ham Radio principles can still help others at a moment’s notice.

Conclusion

We hope this post gave you some insight into the top 10 mobile ham radio systems for your vehicle. While there is no one-size-fits-all solution, we’ve given you a few of our favorites to hopefully help guide your decision on which system will work best with your needs and budget. Now that you know about these options, it should be easier than ever to find the perfect gear for use in any situation! Which model do you like most? Let us know by commenting below.

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