Call Search
     

New to Ham Radio?
My Profile

Community
Articles
Forums
News
Reviews
Friends Remembered
Strays
Survey Question

Operating
Contesting
DX Cluster Spots
Propagation

Resources
Calendar
Classifieds
Ham Exams
Ham Links
List Archives
News Articles
Product Reviews
QSL Managers

Site Info
eHam Help (FAQ)
Support the site
The eHam Team
Advertising Info
Vision Statement
About eHam.net

   Home   Help Search  
Pages: [1]   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Advice for new station.  (Read 598 times)
KF4UVG
Member

Posts: 28




Ignore
« on: February 05, 2009, 06:48:56 PM »

I am setting up a home shack and only have room for one rig, computer, tuner and power supply. I will operate mostly on HF and already have a portable for VHF/UHF. I have narrowed to 3 radios the FT-897D, TS-480SAT, and the Icom 7200. Any specific thoughts on these 3 would be appreciated. (the 7200 would be pushing the budget but still an option)

Thanks
KF4UVG
Logged
NA0AA
Member

Posts: 1043




Ignore
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2009, 09:55:51 PM »

You will get plenty of opinions.

I only have one of them, and I like my FT-897, but I use it mostly portable not fixed.  This choice also gives you a nice 50 watt VHF/20 watt UHF station included.

The IC-7200 is definatly the newest design, I have not read any reports on that radio yet.  I want to like it but you are buying a 'mystery rig' at the moment.  I've not even seen one in the shop yet.

I know nothing about the Kenwood.

Logged
W6CD
Member

Posts: 213


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 01:38:17 AM »


I have a TS-480SAT and find it an excellent radio and value.  While different, it's form factor (separate control head and radio unit) is space saving of your desk area.  The built-in tuner works well.  It's digital and remote control ready.  I like the display readability and controls layout.

Kenwood has an in-depth manual in addition to the regular manual - it has a wealth of good info and insight into the radio.  http://www.kenwood.com/i/products/info/amateur/ts_480/pdf/TS-480_manual_E.pdf

Logged
WA9AFM
Member

Posts: 208




Ignore
« Reply #3 on: February 11, 2009, 07:50:35 AM »

All three radios play quite well.  EHam reviews are about equal.  If there were a 'tie-breaker', I would have to say the IC-7200's direct USB connection feature would move it out front just a bit, i.e. no digi/CAT interface needed.  The TS-480SAT seems to be more versital in features.  If you shop around, I'm sure you would find the prices to be fairly close.
Logged
Pages: [1]   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!