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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #15 on: September 07, 2017, 01:42:59 PM »

Mr. K0UA and his FT-891 spoutin' off sounds like that Kraus guy and his EB-104 amplifier.

No wait...bad comparison...strike that...not the same.

Kraus

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KI4ZUQ
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« Reply #16 on: September 09, 2017, 06:34:46 AM »

Yeah, Craig, welcome! This is fun activity and most are older guys willing to help. I got about 20 years on you but that makes no difference. I like to put stuff together and had fun with the Elecraft K-2. It is portable and has a 100 watt add-on. It is still supported by Elecraft. They also have factory made stuff that will impress anyone with some pretty hefty prices, too! This is kinda like RV's in that you can find what you want if you look hard.

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AI6DO
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« Reply #17 on: September 09, 2017, 10:51:39 AM »

The FT-857D was my first radio, and I don't plan to sell mine. Like you, my primary usage was (and is) portable, but I also wanted the flexibility to use it at home and as a mobile. I've learned quite a lot by using it, and have since acquired more radios that are more optimized for specific purposes, but the FT-857D is the radio I'll grab on my way out the door when the tsunami is on its way.

If you can only afford one radio, and particularly since portable operation is important to you, I don't think the FT-857D is a bad choice. It'll give you the ability to try out operation in the shack, mobile, and portable from 160m through 70cm, including the ability to try out VHF/UHF weak signal operation (CW, SSB, and digital) including all the FM and linear AMSAT satellites. Just about any other rig will leave out one or more aspects of amateur radio that might just be the one that catches your fancy. And it will retain its value fairly well for the used market.

73, Ryan AI6DO
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2017, 12:58:30 PM »


Craig,

Power source, Astron 35, 27 amperes continous, 35 amperes intermittent.

Antenna. I use a delta loop for twenty meters. A horizontal loop for 160
meters and a magnetic loop for 30 meters.

Have fun.

Kraus
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