Solidly built single band mobile for 222 MHz bands. Easy to program from the panel and microphone. For the eight channels in use in my region, I did not need the programming cable or software. This unit is used as a base station and replaces a 30 ish year- old Kenwood TM-3530A, which had died again. BCM-220 has great Rx and Tx audio, sensitive receiver, and works well so far. My other option was the TYT TH-9000 single bander. Several of my friends have those and like them, but the very mixed reviews on e-ham and other sites discouraged me from going that route. I have been seeing the Bridgecom ads in QST for quite a while and decided to try this radio out. I think it may be the only one around here, don't know of others yet. I will probably take it to a couple of club meetings to show. Was planning on Elmira Hamfest, as usual, but got sick and stayed home. Heard from friends it was cold, rainy, windy, and under- attended... Too bad... That is the best one around upstate NY these days. 73s
The BCM-220 is well constructed and easy to operate and program. I'm using mine as a remote base radio and it's so easy to interface to a controller using the rear panel DB-9 connector. I'm very pleased with the performance. Additionally, the firmware is easy to upgrade as new features/fixes become available. The best part is the enthusiastic and competent telephone support from BridgeCom. Ron is totally focused on the amateur community and values constructive input. I recommend the BCM-220 without reservation.
I'm a HAM radio operator and also own a communications retail store in PR and provide communication services to different agencies, both government and private, in the island. We buy a lot of repeaters and have various mountain top tower sites that provide essential repeater coverage. We used to buy all Kenwood repeaters and mayor brand duplexers...
Not much 220 mobiles around to choose from. My first rig was Kenwood 331A. Since then I have had at least 5 other 220 mobiles. First of all the BCM 220 mobile has no gimmicks or bells or whistles, which I consider a plus.