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Author Topic: Current base rig with the best general coverage rx  (Read 1380 times)
N4AEQ
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« on: October 03, 2012, 08:19:20 PM »

 Time to upgrade the Icom706mk2g to maybe a Ft950, Kenwood 590 or something in current production. I think most all rigs tx fine in the ham bands but what about general coverage? I
would like one that rx well below 550khz, my Kenwood r2000 is ok but I would like one rig to replace it and the 706. I plan on dxing (receive) when the 630meter band opens and enjoy beacon dixing as well as longwave from Europe in the winter.
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WA3SKN
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« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2012, 07:30:25 AM »

Your reception will be limited by your antenna, not the rig.  So pick one that is good for the ham bands and enjoy it.
73s.

-Mike.
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KG4WXP
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« Reply #2 on: October 04, 2012, 01:33:53 PM »

Your reception will be limited by your antenna, not the rig.  So pick one that is good for the ham bands and enjoy it.
73s.

-Mike.

Not always true... try tuning the icom 746 below 1600 khz and let me know what happens. ;-)
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VA7CPC
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2012, 07:24:34 PM »

Could an SDR (software-defined radio) work for you?  A Flex ?  One of the less-expensive models?

. .           Charles
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KA4POL
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2012, 10:10:31 PM »

Or a KX3?
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N4CR
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« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 10:21:21 PM »

Not always true... try tuning the Icom 746 below 1600 khz and let me know what happens. ;-)

Well, I'm listening to 540 kHz right now, WFLA, on my Cushcraft R8 which has a bottom tuned frequency of 7mhz and 300' of coax.

They're coming in about 20 over S9 with the attenuation turned off.

That's what happens here.
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73 de N4CR, Phil

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N4AEQ
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« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2012, 12:03:43 AM »

 Thanks, sounds like I need to upgrade the Kenwood r2000 to maybe a Icom r75 and forget about
trying to find a modern 100w transceiver with good reception below AM broadcast band.
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