I like to try out different rigs and compare them. I have to say that my favourite rig is in fact the Multibander Kenwood TS2000. Although up against competition in my shack at the moment such as the MP1000 MKV and The Icom 781, The Kenwood holds its own and its definately going to be the last rig to leave the shack. The FT847 unfortunately comes in at last place overral, but still an outstanding multibander solution. There are things about different rigs that you tend to fall in love with, and always wish that you could find a rig that has everything you want, well for me the Kenwood TS2000 has all this except looks and size, I wish it was as big as the 781 because I like big lumpy rigs on the bench.
The setup you see has all 6 connected (The FT847 is reserved now for portable use only) and running through a 6-way audio switch, and then through a BHI digital filter and finally into the filtered Icom speaker. This configuration lets me have good audio quality out from the middle of the shack bench whatever set I use, and filtered just the way I like it. There is a fair bit of Antenna switching capability going on, but hidden in the picture. The Kenwood / Icom and Yaesu are all connected to a PC for logging ease, but it is the Kenwood that I usually use for working PSK31 and CW as it performs outstandingly with a Rigblaster plus, and its keying capability is very nice.
The Icom ICR9000L is my favourite receiver for ear-wigging, its HF reception outperforms all the other sets for clarity and selectivity, and its sensitivity is on a par with the others. The Bearcat is a secondary scanner I use for keeping an eye on some favourite frequencies locally. The Icom 910H is now only connected for 23cm use, having been taken over on 2m and 70cm now by the superior Kenwood.
Thanks for looking, hope to work you on the bands soon.
Gary (GW0KTL): QTH Newport, South Wales UK (IO81LO)