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Author Topic: Entry level mobile hf rigs  (Read 612 times)
KC8WBK
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« on: May 07, 2003, 04:51:46 PM »

I am trying to make a list of low cost (under $800) hf mobile rigs that I should be looking at in a comparison.

Icom 706MkII
Yaesu FT-100
Yaesu FT-840
Alinco DX-70TH
Elecraft K2

What other rigs should I be considering?
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K3TD
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« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2003, 08:42:32 PM »

I own an FT-100D and an IC-706 (original model).  The Yaesu has a much better noise blanker.   It also has  very good DSP.  Both are important to me for mobile operation.  I have heard from owners of the latest IC-706IIG model, which includes DSP, that the Yaesu's DSP and noise blanker are superior.  If you are going to operate AM, the Yaesu sounds much better with the 6 kHz filter installed (works in tx and rx and is not included in the base price).  

You probably couldn't go wrong with either of these rigs.  Good luck and 73,  
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2003, 07:55:46 AM »

I went through the numbers before buying my rig.  I ended up with an FT-100D.  I am using it with the separation kit and a HEIL BM-5 Boomset with HC4 element (much better than fumbling around for a mike).
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N8EMR
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« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2003, 08:23:12 AM »

I can quickly thin out your list. The ft-840 to me isnt a mobile radio, lack of detachable head, larger size makes it a tight fit in many vehicles. The 706 or ft-100 are your best options. The dx-70 and dont forget the kenwood ts-50 are both nice radio's, but both were early generation radio's and have had little changes since they came out.  The 706 had gone through 3 generations and the ft-100 came out after all the others. The k2 is also a nice radio, but as a kit I dont see it being as sturdy to survive mobile life.
One more radio to consider is the yaesu 857, Its next generation of the ft-100, Its right near you $800 price mark.

The 706mkgii or the ft-100 are fine proven radio's and you cant go bad with either.  I have several versions of the 706 right now and love each of them.

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N1ZZZ
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« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2003, 12:21:51 PM »

I would try and find a local shop or some local hams that have these rigs and take a look at them.  Locals hams can also give you insights on the various features of the rigs.  706MKG2 fit my needs best, but your situation may differ.  Good luck.

73

Jeremy N1ZZZ
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N7PTM
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« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2003, 02:36:04 PM »

In my opinion, the only version of the 706 worth getting is the current one, the mark 2G, if only because it has most of it's keys backlit so you can see them at night.

The DSP in the 706 is -not- a reason to get it. It's pretty poor. In fact, I have it turned off all the time and I let the Am-Com ClearSpeech 2 do all the filtering.
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KA5S
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« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2003, 04:43:43 AM »

Also look at an Icom IC-718. This rig is in my opinion rather a "sleeper," with a short list of bells and whistles and yet quite good basic performance for the price.

Cortland
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« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2003, 01:56:56 PM »

I would very seriously consider the Yaesu FT900CAT.
Excellent rig.  Read the Eham reviews.  You can find one used for around $500-600.
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AB8JC
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2003, 03:06:44 PM »

FT-857 is just over $800 (Dayton was $739).  DSP is an additional $65 or so.
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