Please can someone share some opinions and advice..??
I have a budget of $1000 tops. Can not go higher than that. What to get...
All the radios mentioned in the subject line fit my budget
FT897D + Aut. Ant. Tunner is around $1000
TS570DG (integrated tuner), around $900
TS480SAT (integrated tuner), around $1000 (the cheaper I found it is $960)
95% of the time as a base setup at home. (SSB & Digital modes)
1% Emergency communication drills (SSB & PK-31)
4% deployed in the field (no mobile operation) for emergency comunications (ARES/RACES) and MARS under bad weather scenario and using SSB and PK31
I do not think I'll use this radio for deployment because we already have and old Kenwood TS (do not remember model) and IC-718 from another member of my unit, but the possibilty is there.
My fav. for deployment is the FT897D but my only issues are:
1) screen is too small and I already need to start using bi-focals.
2) The tunner will be external.
What you guys/gals think...