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Title: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: AF5FJ on August 14, 2012, 07:16:20 PM
These are the kinds of questions that starts bar fights, but I'm curious as to the responses they will generate:

Which manufacturer has the best reputation for their...
   HF transceivers?
   VHF/UHF HTs?
   all-bands transceivers?

Just wanting to get some input; I don't expect to get a consensus. Let the games begin!


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: K6AER on August 14, 2012, 09:11:57 PM








God I hope nobody goes there. This has all the qualities of a troll.


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: KA4POL on August 15, 2012, 03:50:57 AM
 ::)


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: K5LXP on August 15, 2012, 06:04:35 AM
The best one is the one you have, the worst one is the one the other guy has.  Unless it happens to be the same thing you have, in which case they made a great choice.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: KCJ9091 on August 15, 2012, 06:39:05 AM
Another ford-chevrolet-dodge battle.


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: AD4U on August 15, 2012, 07:03:40 AM
Reporter to football coach...........Well coach how does it look for the upcoming season?

Coach:  We are little, but we are slow.

Dick  AD4U


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: N4NYY on August 15, 2012, 08:21:52 AM
There are 3 major manufacturers, and a couple of smaller manufacturers. I suggest you buy a rig from each of them. This way, you can say you have a rig from the best manufacturer.


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: AA4PB on August 15, 2012, 09:16:22 AM
Every major mfg makes some excellent rigs as well as some "dogs". Bottom line is that there is no one mfg that ALWAYS makes the best of any type of equipment. Of course "best" means different things to different people and that muddies the waters even more. Regardless of the mfg, it is not unusual for them to release a brand new design that contains some bugs and design flaws. Thats why I generally don't invest in something until it has been on the market for a while. I'd rather not function as their QC department.  :D



Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: N6AJR on August 15, 2012, 09:27:20 AM
so don't buy a swan three drifty, or and atlas . other than that yaesu, kenwood, icom , and alinco are all just fine.  some of the new chineese ones are cheap, but we will have to wait a couple of years to see how the hold up.


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: K8AG on August 15, 2012, 10:53:02 AM
The best one is the one you have, the worst one is the one the other guy has.  Unless it happens to be the same thing you have, in which case they made a great choice.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM
I agree 100%.  So we must be right.  ;D


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: ONAIR on August 15, 2012, 02:55:51 PM
Another ford-chevrolet-dodge battle.
   Didn't Toyota win that one years ago?  :)


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: KE5PPH on August 15, 2012, 02:57:46 PM
Motorola :P


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: NO2A on August 15, 2012, 09:07:39 PM
I think the main thing to realize about different brands is their ergonomics are different. Just like cars get you from point a to b,radios do too,but how they accomplish that differs. Most will transceive from 160-10m,some from 160-6m,some 160m-70cm,etc. You may find some rigs more "user friendly" for example. It pays to read the reviews,not just 1 or 2 but 100 or 200. Then go to your nearest dealer and see what they have. Ask as many questions as you can think of,you`ll be glad you did. Dealers are very helpful,they don`t try to pressure you into buying something,they let you make that decision. The idea is you don`t want to be stuck with something you don`t like. So shop around,and I mean satisfaction,not just price.


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: K1CJS on August 16, 2012, 04:28:35 AM
These are the kinds of questions that starts bar fights, but I'm curious as to the responses they will generate....

Just wanting to get some input; I don't expect to get a consensus. Let the games begin!

This site has way too much in the way of 'barfights' already.  You were ever so right when you stated the last.

The choice of a rig is an individual's preference, arrived at by trying and using rigs until one finds the rig that he/she likes the best.  Some will visit a showroom and play with the equipment there, most ham dealers expect and even encourage it.

Another thing is the individual may well like a brand--for one or two of that brands offerings--but absolutely hate another of the models that that same brand offers.  The case of the Kenwood TS line comes to mind here.  The older offerings were very well accepted by most of the ham world, but when the TS 2000 came out, some of the people who loved the older models absolutely hated the 2000.

As I stated, it's the individual's preference.


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: N4CR on August 16, 2012, 06:19:01 AM
so don't buy a swan three drifty

Q: What frequency is the Swan Net on?

A: Tune to the center of the band. They'll drift by in a minute...


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: KCJ9091 on August 16, 2012, 07:19:58 AM
Another ford-chevrolet-dodge battle.
   Didn't Toyota win that one years ago?  :)

When Toyota runs in Nascar they can be included in the list. OH, wait.....


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: KB3HG on August 16, 2012, 08:04:52 AM
That's easy, the best rig hands down is the one someone else paid for. But really Mark nailed it first, have to agree with him.

Tom Kb3hg


Title: RE: Best Manufacturer?
Post by: K1CJS on August 17, 2012, 03:58:22 AM
Q: What frequency is the Swan Net on?

A: Tune to the center of the band. They'll drift by in a minute...

You owe me a keyboard!  And another coffee...   ;D  73!