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Author Topic: HT That recieves SSB & CW  (Read 8089 times)
W1AJO
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« on: May 14, 2013, 09:03:30 AM »

I have a Yaesu VX-5R which I love.  It's a fine radio but a couple of things bug me about it.

1.  No SSB & CW reception.

2.  No reception 16-48 MHz

Any reccomendations for a compact hand held handitalkie that has SSB & CW reception?

Thanks!
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KG6WLS
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« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2013, 10:21:24 AM »

Here's an interesting little read that might answer your question.

http://www.eham.net/articles/4764

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« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2013, 11:09:50 AM »

I have a 10 meter MIZUHO handheld that does CW and SSB. I have not used it for years and will post it in the Classifieds sometime soon.

http://www.mizuhoradio.com/mx.html
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K0OD
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« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2013, 11:27:15 AM »

I have a Yaesu VX-5R which I love.  It's a fine radio but a couple of things bug me about it.

1.  No SSB & CW reception.
2.  No reception 16-48 MHz
Any reccomendations for a compact hand held handitalkie that has SSB & CW reception?

Just bought one of those tiny $185 Yaesu VX3R HTs this week. It receives 500 KHz to 999 MHZ and does a decent job hearing AM broadcasters on HF judging from limited tests with a small antenna. It does tune 16-48 MHz.

It's a real bear to program, even with software, and to learn to use. Hated it at first; starting to like it now.

I too was wondering whether any 2 meter HT also receives HF sideband/CW.
 
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W1AJO
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« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2013, 11:35:22 AM »

Here's an interesting little read that might answer your question.

http://www.eham.net/articles/4764

73


Nice article.  But it deals with mostly transmitting SSB & CW.  What I want is RECIEVE ONLY SSB & CW so I can listen in.  If I want to OPERATE SSB I can use my FT-817ND.  My VR-500 can tune in SSB & CW signal  (not the best but it does work).

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« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2013, 12:58:21 PM »

I have a Yaesu VX-5R which I love.  It's a fine radio but a couple of things bug me about it.

1.  No SSB & CW reception.

2.  No reception 16-48 MHz

Any reccomendations for a compact hand held handitalkie that has SSB & CW reception?

Thanks!

Kenwood TH-F6a, see my review at:
http://nk7z.net/review-of-kenwoods-th-f6-handheld-radio/
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W1AJO
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« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2013, 03:52:10 PM »

I have a Yaesu VX-5R which I love.  It's a fine radio but a couple of things bug me about it.

1.  No SSB & CW reception.

2.  No reception 16-48 MHz

Any reccomendations for a compact hand held handitalkie that has SSB & CW reception?

Thanks!

Kenwood TH-F6a, see my review at:
http://nk7z.net/review-of-kenwoods-th-f6-handheld-radio/

Thanks WIll take a look at it.

73
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« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2013, 04:16:40 PM »

I have a Yaesu VX-5R which I love.  It's a fine radio but a couple of things bug me about it.

1.  No SSB & CW reception.

2.  No reception 16-48 MHz

Any reccomendations for a compact hand held handitalkie that has SSB & CW reception?

Thanks!

Kenwood TH-F6a, see my review at:
http://nk7z.net/review-of-kenwoods-th-f6-handheld-radio/

Thanks WIll take a look at it.

73

It is a cute rig.  I use it to help locate RFI as well as two meters.
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« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2013, 09:22:16 PM »

I have a TH-F6 Kenwwod ht myself. They do work great for ssb/cw reception provided you connect a few feet of wire to it. You won`t hear any hf with the built in ferrite rod ant. You`ll need an sma to so-239 adapter,then put the wire into the end of that. Also make sure your menu is set to the external antenna selection. They are great ht`s,with low receive current. I`ve had mine several years,still using the original battery pack.
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« Reply #9 on: May 15, 2013, 06:13:04 AM »

Another vote for a TH-F6a. I had one for years but finally sold it and upgraded to an FT-817. I had good luck listening to HF by  modifying an old aftermarket antenna with a Radio Shack 72" telescoping whip (long ago discontinued) and using a long counterpoise. A quick Google brings up http://www.buddipole.com/fetewh.html which might be a suitable substitute. The nice thing about the RS whip was that it was fairly light weight so it didn't strain the SMA connector much. It also could transmit on 2 Meters as a 1/2 wave if you measured it right.

Of course, you might also look at the FT-817. It's much larger, but you get transmit too!
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« Reply #10 on: May 15, 2013, 09:29:17 AM »

From this discussion I'm kinda wishing I had bought the TH-F6 with SSB and CW receive ability instead of the VX3R. The Kenwood puts out 5 watts vs about 1.5 watts for the Yaesu. Either radio will fit in a shirt pocket.

The Kenwood's been on the market since 2001 so it's pretty old. It used to sell for almost $500 but they are under $300 nowadays. (Chinese competition?). The VX3R is about $185. The Kenwood also transmits on 222.

Of course all those amazing features carry a significant programming burden. Programming software is almost mandatory.
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« Reply #11 on: May 15, 2013, 09:53:20 AM »

From this discussion I'm kinda wishing I had bought the TH-F6 with SSB and CW receive ability instead of the VX3R. The Kenwood puts out 5 watts vs about 1.5 watts for the Yaesu. Either radio will fit in a shirt pocket.

The Kenwood's been on the market since 2001 so it's pretty old. It used to sell for almost $500 but they are under $300 nowadays. (Chinese competition?). The VX3R is about $185. The Kenwood also transmits on 222.

Of course all those amazing features carry a significant programming burden. Programming software is almost mandatory.
You can find them on the used market for 200 to 250 depending on condition and accessories included...
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2013, 12:12:25 PM »

programming software can be found on Kenwood's web site, and it is possibke to build a serial cable that will interface with the 6a.
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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2013, 06:47:36 PM »

I have a 10 meter MIZUHO handheld that does CW and SSB. I have not used it for years and will post it in the Classifieds sometime soon.

http://www.mizuhoradio.com/mx.html

I would love to have a Mizuho hand held.  One for each ham band.

Randy ka4nma
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« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2013, 02:05:49 PM »

I have a 10 meter MIZUHO handheld that does CW and SSB. I have not used it for years and will post it in the Classifieds sometime soon.

http://www.mizuhoradio.com/mx.html

I would love to have a Mizuho hand held.  One for each ham band.

Randy ka4nma

Be careful of what you wish for OM. Those Mizuhos are addictive. I have ones for 40, 20, 15 and 10M. I've got DX QSOs with my 10 and 15M Mizuho HTs, but not one single QSO on 40M after lots of attempts.

I am a purist. I like to try with the Mizuho OE whip and no counterpoise. Its a kind of radio masochism.

if you are going to get a Mizuho I recommend 10 or 15M models.

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