Looking for a cheap radio to talk to RT524 from another vehcle or on foot.

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Seems all the options I've looked at are spendy, Isn't there any cheap portable or vehicle units that operate on at least one frequency that the RT524 uses? Legal would be nice. I only plan to use the radios running in convoy.
 

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There are a whole bunch of amateur radios that will work in the 6 meter band since it's part of the amateur radio spectrum. They will communicate but will not be usable with squelch because the civilian ctss tones aren't the same as the 150 hz that the military uses. That and the commercial radios are narrow band while the military stuff is wide band. That doesn't mean they won't talk, they just won't be as clear as mil to mil sets.

The Baofeng and Wuxon Chinese sets are super cheap but you get what you pay for there. Google or search Ebay for 6 meter radios.

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My Yaesu VX8 communicates fine with all of the new family gear but it's not cheap. Set the squelch knob to "Old" on the 524 and you are in business. The received audio volume on the 524 may be a bit low but I haven't noticed it.

If you have a PRC 25 or 77 then you have to turn the squelch off.

You need a radio that operates in the 6m band. Most of the cheap Chinese stuff only does 2m and 70cm.

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A Motorola MT1000 42-50 will work on both old and new squelch, I have a couple and they work fine. To be legal would require a ham radio license, the MT1000 accepts the 150Hz squelch tone and you can turn up the deviation on the radio to help with the volume issue. You can get them pretty cheap, make sure it has a good antenna, a new antenna may cost more than you pay for the radio.
 

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Works and legal are different - to use 6 meters (50-51 MHz) you MUST have an amateur radio license, which is not hard to get.
I don’t recalll the original poster requesting an illegal solution. Most people assume positive intent. When you purchase a car you must have a drivers license to operate it. When purchasing a radio reputable businesses state right on their website that you need an amateur radio license. Again, the Wouxun works great.

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I don’t recalll the original poster requesting an illegal solution. Most people assume positive intent. When you purchase a car you must have a drivers license to operate it. When purchasing a radio reputable businesses state right on their website that you need an amateur radio license. Again, the Wouxun works great.

Bill
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Naturally, the other assumption of positive intent is that the original poster has an amateur license for operating his RT-524.
 

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I have never had anyone ask me if I had an amateur license when I bought radios in person or by mail. On new stuff there was usually something from the manufacturer stating a license was required, but never with any of the military surplus radios I've ever purchased. Long time ago I had a -68, and I still have a couple of -77's and several -524's.
 

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I have never had anyone ask me if I had an amateur license when I bought radios in person or by mail. On new stuff there was usually something from the manufacturer stating a license was required, but never with any of the military surplus radios I've ever purchased. Long time ago I had a -68, and I still have a couple of -77's and several -524's.
If your radios are in working order you are probably sitting on a gold mine. At least in terms of up here in PA. Working 524’s and 77’s are almost unobtainium.
 

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If your radios are in working order you are probably sitting on a gold mine. At least in terms of up here in PA. Working 524’s and 77’s are almost unobtainium.
Come to the VA Rally over the Labor Day weekend (see Graves Mountain Trail Rides - or contact @CGarbee on this site) for details. Bring money! I have mounts and antennas that I can bring. Two of the -524's I got from Pvt Jarhead five or six years ago, others are untested. I'll probably keep the -77's as I have the PRC-68.com battery adapters for them.
 

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What is the best $100 -$150 or less handheld civilian radio. I saw all the above but after reaseach I only came up with more questions. I looked at the suggestions above but was not sure I was going to buy the right one based on the original post asking for the cheap option.... or the possible squelch issue. Help
 
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