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Author Topic: decision for new HF xcvr==ts-590sg OR ic-7200????  (Read 5807 times)
KC8Y
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« on: November 25, 2015, 04:11:42 PM »

Just looking for input:

I'm financially ready, NOW to obtain either a new ts-590sg OR new ic-7200; which is a better rig?

I can get a much better price on the icom, what with their sale promotion during this holiday season.

Operate 85% digital, 14% CW, and only about 1% SSB; have an antenna tuner and never go above e40-watts

Ken KC8Y

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WE1X
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« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2015, 08:13:59 PM »

Both are excellent radios offering considerable value. If the majority of your operating time is with the digital modes I would go with the IC-7200. The $600+ premium with the TS-590SG isn't going to offer a lot of incremental value. With that said, however, the TS-590SG may be a rig you can grow into over the years if you elect to do more SSB, require an antenna tuner, etc. While I really enjoyed the IC-7200 I had in the shack for several years, I found my TS-590S to be a better all round performer per ergonomics (e.g., larger display), a transmit monitor function, a bit more flexibility with front panel controls, better selectivity, etc. In short, you can't go wrong with either rig.
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #2 on: November 26, 2015, 06:05:05 AM »

Yeah, between the two, I'd definitely echo WE1X's remarks about going for the SG if there's any way you can swing it.  That's if you want/need a rig today.  Personally I'd wait for the 7300, as its price point looks outstanding, and has POTENTIAL (info is still pretty scarce at the moment) for some nice performance numbers.   The 7200 is getting long in its product lifecycle as well.  Hard to predict Icom's next move, but once the 7300 hits the market, I'll bet you a Pepsi that the 7200 will be discontinued.

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« Reply #3 on: November 26, 2015, 02:45:42 PM »

Think I'm going with the icom ic-7200.  I can get a better price on it and use the extra $$  for other things; don't need anything fancy. 

Because of my declining-handicap, don't operate SSB or any voice modes.  I enjoy digital & CW modes Smiley

Thanks. 73

Ken KC8Y
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« Reply #4 on: November 26, 2015, 05:12:45 PM »

Think I'm going with the icom ic-7200.  I can get a better price on it and use the extra $$  for other things; don't need anything fancy.  

Because of my declining-handicap, don't operate SSB or any voice modes.  I enjoy digital & CW modes Smiley

Thanks. 73

Ken KC8Y

The 590SG is a noticeably better CW rig. The SG offers improved CW performance or 590S it replaced.
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« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2015, 07:26:54 PM »

Think I'm going with the icom ic-7200.  I can get a better price on it and use the extra $$  for other things; don't need anything fancy.  

Because of my declining-handicap, don't operate SSB or any voice modes.  I enjoy digital & CW modes Smiley

Thanks. 73

Ken KC8Y

The 590SG is a noticeably better CW rig. The SG offers improved CW performance or 590S it replaced.

I had a new 590s for a few months that was one of the last ones built (manuf date: Sept 2014) -- and to me it sounded ugly on CW.  The 590s is a very practical buy in terms of what it offers in terms of stock features.  I had sold a Ten-Tec Jupiter to get my first new rig -- the 590s when HRO had a clearance sale with free shipping right when the 590SG was about to come out. The 590s was a solid rig and got good reports on SSB, but i missed the Jupiter more than i could have imagined,,,

I have since sold the 590s and re-acquired a Jupiter and could not be happier.  I wish the Jupiter had the USB connection like the 590s, but the Jupiter is so much easier (fun) to use and the sound is superior (on SSB too -- especially with NR activated).   The auto-tuner is slower on the Jupiter and the Jupiter lacks 6 meters but the quality of sound to me means a lot to me.   of course rigs, like cars, are personal decisions and ymmv

what is superior about the 590SG to the Icom when it comes to CW?   though i have never owned an Icom, i was thinking an Icom 7300 could be in my future a few years downstream unless Ten-Tec rebounds and comes out with something likke a Jupiter II. Are you suggesting the 7300 will also be inferior to a 590SG when it comes to CW???
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2015, 08:24:03 PM »

You might want to wait for the release of the Icom IC-7300, SDR performance for about the same price as the TS-590 but more than the IC-7200.  If casual hamming is your primary interest the Kenwood TS-590 or the Icom-7200 are both excellent choices.  It's really hard to go wrong with either one of those.
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KC8Y
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2015, 05:56:57 AM »

Thank you, all for your comments...

Think I'm going with the ic-7200, for these reasons:   $$% at this time , availability at good price w/trade-in, my rare handicap, elderly/age, not into SSB/more digital & CW, etc.

Ken KC8Y
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« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2015, 10:06:43 AM »

Thank you, all for your comments...

Think I'm going with the ic-7200, for these reasons:   $$% at this time , availability at good price w/trade-in, my rare handicap, elderly/age, not into SSB/more digital & CW, etc.

Ken KC8Y

New at HRO the IC-7200 is $780. For what you want and modes you operate that is an excellent fit. A TS-590SG while having a lot to offer is $600 to $650 more. That's a considerable amount of money for features that you feel are unnecessary.
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KC8Y
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« Reply #9 on: November 28, 2015, 11:45:02 AM »

RE WE1X:

I got the ic-7200 w/my trade-in at HRO, made a super purchase; couldn't passs-on-it

Ken KC8Y
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« Reply #10 on: November 28, 2015, 12:30:22 PM »

IC-7200, I'm a biased owner, best bet beg borrow or steal one of each and find out for yourself.
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K9MHZ
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« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2015, 10:58:47 AM »

Good luck, Ken.

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« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2015, 04:48:32 AM »

The 7200 is an extremely under rated radio - you will love it!

That said, the 590SG is in another class entirely, its a truly superb radio for the money, but for your usage you're unlikely to see much benefit.

Good choice!

Ps.  If you're antenna limited, pick up an Icom AH-4 tuner; it matches the IC-7200 and coupled with a 43 foot vertical or similar you will work the world at the touch  of the tune button!
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