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Author Topic: Solar Powered Station for new ham  (Read 1376 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 20, 2006, 09:56:29 AM »

Hi Greg,

Since your power budget is probably a bit bigger than pure minimalist, you might want to think about one of the UHF/VHF/HF mobile rigs on the market.  They all work fine and you'll be able to use it as a Tech on VHF and UHF, then when you get your General you can use it on HF.  Yes, these radios have receivers that are not as good as some of the big rigs, but antenna performance is far more important than this small difference in reciever design.  You can make your station very efficient by the use of average radio with an effective antenna.  Much more efficient than a fantastic radio and a bad antenna.

Anyway, I just bought a Yaesu FT-857D for less than $700 and so far so good.  It replaced a Ten Tec Jupiter and I really can't hear any difference in the receiver.
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Marco, AA5ET
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