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Does anyone make a 2 Meter band multimode transceiver? I was looking for something that is SSB and/or CW capable. If not, then could I use something like MFJ's JimHandy CW interface with a dual band mobile to transmit CW? Or, would I be better off just living with the 2M mobile as is and look to something like the QRPocket CW Transceiver and using the CW bands available to the Tech license class?

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Although all modes are legal on 2 meters, only FM is generally used.  Different bands are best suited for certain modes and CW and SSB are not well suited for 2M. I know of no multimode transceivers for 2m.

CW is a wonderful way to communicate when things get rough. The signal is very narrow and since all you have to do to understand a CW communication is to be able to tell when the sending station is transmitting and when it's not. When all else fails, CW can make it through. This makes it great for bands 10meters and down. CW on 2m is a little silly, just a novelty.

SSB is good for voice when the band is small and narrow frequency communication is a good idea. FM is wider and requires more space. It's very power frugal because the carrier is suppressed. It's good for crowded bands - if 2 stations are on the exact same freq and one is using USB and the other is using LSB, both can operate simultaneously.  SSB is also good for bands 10meters and down, but can become somewhat limiting from 40meters and down.  SSB on 2m is not a good choice when you have nice, clean FM to work with.

QRP transceivers are fun for playing on CW.

Although codeless licensed are here, I think CW abilities are very important to a ham.

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Chris Bushman

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I have been an amateur radio operator for about 41 years.

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In real life I managed a small motion picture film lab in Hollywood. I've been a fireman, a teacher of English in Okinawa, a personal computer tutor. I am an Advanced Class Ham radio operator using my originally issued callsign WB6EEQ. I have operated for extended periods of time from Okinawa (KR6FX & KR6OP), Texas (K5VXG), and Mississippi (K5TYP). While in the Air Force, I was a Manual Morse Radio Intercept Operator.

BS Zoology, UC Davis

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I have held Conditional, General, and Advanced Class Ham radio licenses. Attended UC Davis to study Zoology. Go figure!?

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