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Author Topic: Looking to get my first Ham Radio  (Read 5540 times)
PLANKEYE
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« Reply #30 on: November 03, 2017, 05:34:03 PM »

I think the 7300 is a great rig. I don't think it's worth over twice the money a 718 costs. 
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WZ7U
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« Reply #31 on: November 03, 2017, 06:10:08 PM »

The Icom 7300 is about 1500 but I feel it is worth every penny.Have a great day and be safe out there.

Chuck, don't get ripped off. Look at the link before you buy, and I bet if you shopped a little harder, you might even beat that by a smidgen.

https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=71-002065
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« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2017, 06:26:41 PM »

If  you don't want to spend a boat load of cash, try a proven TS-570S/G, HF with 6 and great performer, not a big footprint...
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« Reply #33 on: November 03, 2017, 07:48:17 PM »

Lots of good advice in the earlier posts. To repeat what others have said, what do you want to do with the hobby - emergency communications, rag chew on vhf, chase DX, or....?  The antenna advice is right on.  I think a good antenna is more important than your transceiver choice.

As a new tech about 5 years ago I quickly got tired of 2 meters.  In those days 10 meter propagation was great. Sadly, not like today.  I bought a Yaesu FT-450D, built a 2 element yagi out of Home Depot parts, put it up on an old Craig's List TV tower and was working DX with the big boys in that little 200 KHz SSB Tech part of the band.  Great fun and a big incentive to get my General.

Welcome to the hobby.  I hope you have half the fun I've had with it.
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« Reply #34 on: November 04, 2017, 09:42:46 AM »

I think the 7300 is a great rig. I don't think it's worth over twice the money a 718 costs. 

You might think, but you don't "know".
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PLANKEYE
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« Reply #35 on: November 04, 2017, 10:59:09 AM »

Yeah you are probably right what I think VS having both side by side for a few days I'm sure I wouldn't want to give up the 7300.  You get what you pay for I guess. 
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« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2017, 06:52:52 PM »

I watched a couple of video's on the Icom 7300 on you tube looks like an AWESOME RADIO Everyone have a Joyous Day and be safe  God Bless.Worth every penny.I can pay it off in  3 months of overtime on the weekends.. 73$$ A new one means I can not mod it or it voids the warranty.. Just saying. This is the BEST HAM FORUM ON THE INTERNET  HANDS DOWN..
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #37 on: November 06, 2017, 05:36:16 AM »

....A new one means I can not mod it or it voids the warranty.. Just saying.

Uh yeah, Captain....that's what's supposed to happen.  This is what's normal. 
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« Reply #38 on: November 06, 2017, 10:59:51 PM »

....A new one means I can not mod it or it voids the warranty.. Just saying.

Uh yeah, Captain....that's what's supposed to happen.  This is what's normal. 

Why, when you could be the first on the channel to be running a 7300?
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« Reply #39 on: November 07, 2017, 05:34:15 AM »

Ha, excellent point!  Think of the SDR/DSP possibilities with working an overdriven splattered AM signal.  I wonder if he would filter out the roger beep, though.  That cool Mission Control sound....very cool.    
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« Reply #40 on: November 07, 2017, 09:54:21 AM »

Ha, excellent point!  Think of the SDR/DSP possibilities with working an overdriven splattered AM signal.  I wonder if he would filter out the roger beep, though.  That cool Mission Control sound....very cool.    

Be interesting to see who's the first to hack the 7300's firmware to "open 'er up"...
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« Reply #41 on: November 07, 2017, 01:57:59 PM »

LOL!  Probably some CB goober will get interested in Raspberry Pi and figure something out.
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W9BB
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« Reply #42 on: November 07, 2017, 05:07:09 PM »

All I can say if good luck and I am sure whatever you pick or start with you will have a blast....get your feet wet and enjoy! 
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« Reply #43 on: November 09, 2017, 05:37:19 PM »

I think the 7300 is a great rig. I don't think it's worth over twice the money a 718 costs.  

Uh, yes it most definitely is, and it's well worth the money.  The 718 is a dinosaur.  The radios are in entirely different leagues.

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« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2017, 11:00:49 PM »

I am really thinking about the radio. I have seen several videos on tube of you and maybe getting one with my  tax return . Hr o has one forz around 1350 and icom has a 100 dollar rebate and haro throw in heil mich and some other kind of thing.. Everyone have a beautiful day and be extra safe.73z 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HaWmFoLp9Bc
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