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Author Topic: Suggestions for mobile HF rig....  (Read 2499 times)
KB8BAB
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« on: December 06, 2012, 03:44:10 PM »

Since I do a lot of driving for my job I'd like to get a mobile HF rig for my van.
This way I could perhaps even use it when I'm at a hotel (when traveling).

Looking for some suggestions for good robust rigs, I'm not brand specific would like to stay with used to keep the cost reasonable.
Internal antenna tuner would be nice if this is even viable on a mobile...

IC-718?, TS-50?....

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Bart
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KC7YE
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« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2012, 04:56:09 PM »

Look at the IC-7000 or used IC-506 series. Yeasu and Kenwood also have small rigs made for mobile ops. What I run now is an old IC-506 that I traded for last summer. Feeds a AH4 tuner and 40 meter newtronics coil and mast. Usable  40-10. Sweet for the size, not much room in a Subaru. The "big" rig is IC-718, reason, simplest menu operation. Went with all Icom but all any other brand allows easy interchange too. BTW live in condo, most ops are mobile or portable.
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WX7G
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« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2012, 05:50:23 PM »

A small radio you can use in the car then take into the hotel to operate? That would be the Yaesu FT-857D.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2012, 03:42:13 PM »

A small radio you can use in the car then take into the hotel to operate? That would be the Yaesu FT-857D.

Or maybe even the FT-897D, since it is available with an internal tuner, while the 857D isn't.  The 897D also can be used with internal batteries (at reduced power), which can be handy sometimes. 
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KB8BAB
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« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2012, 07:27:57 AM »

Thanks for all the suggestions. I got an IC-718 with an autotuner for a price I could not pass up.

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Bart
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KC7YE
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« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2012, 04:09:22 PM »

You will be happy with that rig !
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