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Author Topic: Help deciding on HF radio  (Read 273 times)
AC5E
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« on: July 02, 2003, 07:15:44 AM »

Add a Ten Tec Orion to the list. I have tried just about every radio available, and owned most of them. The Orion is head and shoulders above the rest.

73  Pete Allen  AC5E
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MM1APX
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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2003, 09:08:10 PM »

A friend of mine would like to buy a new HF transceiver and has shortlisted the following:

Icom IC7400
Kenwood TS570DGE
Kenwood TS870DSP
Kenwood TS2000
Yaesu FT1000 Field

He would like to narrow down the list further; so if anyone has any first-hand experience of the above radios, and can recommend/not recommend any then he would very much appreciate your comments.
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WA9UAA
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2003, 10:30:43 PM »

Hi OM,
You folks have chosen a wide varity of features and prices. Think in terms of the radio as a tool in order to help you decide. The question becomes, "What do I want to do in amateur radio?" Pick the rig that does those things best. Oh, don't skimp on the receiver. Leave us a post with more information.
73,
Rob WA9UAA
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WX9J
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2003, 11:34:32 PM »

I have owned 5 new Kenwoods, the last an 850AT began to act up and was returned for factory service where a tech wrote down that crosion rendered the unit unrepairable. Not that it might be expensive but that they couldnt repair it. This was a bold face lie as it was later repaired by another Ham who knew more than the per hour tech wannabes that Kewnwood hires.
Regardless of what rig you get, avoid Kenwood, they cant even figure out what they make.
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2003, 11:56:12 PM »

The list of equipment is quite different from one another. List your frequency needs, casual or high performance HF operation, etc.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2003, 12:07:48 AM »

Icom IC7400
Kenwood TS570DGE
Kenwood TS870DSP
Kenwood TS2000
Yaesu FT1000 Field

hmmmmm


  I don't care for most I coms,, their buttons have a funny feel to them ( at least to me).  

Ft1000 (not the field) a beautiful and great radio and expensive.

Ts 570, a good medium priced rig good features and reasonable pricee. Not familar with the 870.

the TS 2000 good all around rig, high medium price range($1700-$1850), good features, easy for satalites, auto tune, and vox included. not as pretty as the ft1000 but still a good rig.

also look at the yaesu ft 847, about like the ts 2000 but no vox and no auto tune, but about  $400 cheaper.

if you are a tech and working lots of vhf/uhf/6m stuff the ts 2000 or the ft 847 are good. for tech plus or higher, they all are pretty good but I like the ts2000 and the 847, and for satalite stuff, and vhf/uhf ssb. eme etc again the ts 2000 and the 847.

The ft-1000mark v is the prettiest of them

just my opinion  have fun and save $ for antennas, the real key to a good radio.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #6 on: July 02, 2003, 05:53:10 PM »

I wouldn't buy any of these, or anything else, without sitting down and using it first.

Cannot your friend find a place that sells the equipment and will also provide a demonstration?

The rigs you listed are all over the map in terms of features and prices, I don't see how they're very comparable.

WB2WIK/6
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DK3QN
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« Reply #7 on: July 02, 2003, 05:55:44 PM »

If your friend's focus is on HF and budget is also an issue, I'd opt for the TS-870.
No need for additional crystal filters, the DSP provides it all.
Pretty good machine.

If VHF/UHF needs to be there he will have to sacrifice HF performance to some extend.

73, Klaus, DK3QN
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