jmp883 wrote:Danco, thanks for answering a question about the dual-band Yaesu's. I was planning on upgrading to an 8900 after I pass my General test. I was wondering if you could put a 'scan-only' band on side and a ham band on the other. That's great that it can be done.
The literature makes it sound like you have to have VHF on one side and UHF on the other, but that's not the case (it is, if you're using the cross-band repeater function).
But, you can program a mix of VHF and UHF on either side, in any order. Right now I have several 2m and 70cm repeaters, along with some 2m and 70cm simplex frequencies, programmed into the left side, and all the AAR railroad frequencies, the two 450MHz FRED frequencies, and the NWS WX channels programmed into the right side.
Each side can be independently set to scan.
I leave the left-side set to "Main", so that I'm ready to transmit on ham frequencies. When a received signal comes in on the "Main" band, or when transmitting, the audio on the other side is muted (to about half-volume). This is a nice feature to have when you're rag-chewing and the railroad frequencies are busy at the same time.
One thing I haven't tried is duplicating the local repeater frequencies on the right-side, so that I can manually tune in with full-duplex during nets to watch for doubles when transmitting. So I don't know how well that works...
The HyperMemory buttons are really cool. I have the local repeaters and local railroad channels active on HyperMemory 1, and everything else set to Skip in scan mode. HyperMemories 2 through 5 turn on repeaters and railroad channels when travelling North, South, East and West out of the QTH area. HyperMemory 6 is set to activate the WX channels in scan mode for listening to weather reports.
The HyperMemories are a real timesaver for travel, and save you the trouble of manually setting memory channel skipping for scanning...
Good luck on your General exam! I know you'll enjoy your 8900!