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Author Topic: soon to be general needs new rig  (Read 570 times)
KC8YLJ
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« on: May 27, 2006, 03:22:14 PM »

Passed written, going for code July 8. What is a good rig for the following - will cw mostly with straight key but some ssb too. will be on 40-20-17. need no more than 50-75 watts. don't want all the bells & whistles. just a good basic rig. could be older. 73 Herb  KC8YLJ
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KC2NIK
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2006, 03:58:18 PM »

Icom IC-718 would do the trick quite nicely.  That is what I purchased for my first rig and continues to be the only one I need.  The price is right as well.

73 and conrats on the first part of becoming a general for me it has been most fun.

JP, KC2NIK
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KB9CRY
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2006, 03:27:19 AM »

TS-830S
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K8GU
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2006, 05:35:02 AM »

Make that two votes for the TS-830S
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VE3IOS
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2006, 06:11:32 AM »

another vote for the IC-718
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K6KAP
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« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2006, 09:30:12 AM »

One more for the IC-718. One of the best radios for the money.
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WB4QNG
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« Reply #6 on: May 28, 2006, 11:08:55 AM »

Another vote for the 718.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2006, 03:08:37 PM »

kenwood 570,  tentec omnic or corsair, or even a scout, an older icom 746 or 756, there are a ton of good later model rigs out there. look for something with all solid state, and hopefully an built in tuner..
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N6AJR
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« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2006, 03:09:18 PM »

make that an omni-c
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NA5XX
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« Reply #9 on: May 29, 2006, 10:04:07 AM »

Go with IC-718
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N5UV
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« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2006, 08:45:12 AM »

If you want new, get the IC-718, best bang for the buck...but if you don't mind something used, you can probably find that same radio on the used market, or get the predecesor, the IC-707.  I've used both, but mainly the IC-707 for years now, never had a need for anything else as a day-to-day rig.  Good rig for PSK31 and RTTY too.

However, if you are very price-conscious, go to a flea-market or look on eBay (or something similar) and look for some of the finals-only tube rigs built by Kenwood, ICOM, or Yaesu.  Make sure you get one that uses 6146-type finals, the 6JS6 "sweeps" tubes are hard to find for rigs like the ubiquitous FT-101.  Tube rigs are pretty indestructible, but you gotta read the manual a little about how to tune those rigs for each band.  Any of these rigs can be had for under $500.00 in decent condition...

But, if you really just want to operate and not have to worry about maintenance issues with the tubes down the road, you can't go wrong with the IC 718 (or the Yaseu TS-820)
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KI4EMD
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« Reply #11 on: May 31, 2006, 06:11:24 AM »

Yet another vote for the Icom 718.  I've owned the rig, and it was a great performer - yet also a very basic and inexpensive radio.  It would serve you well for many years to come.  The only reason I sold it was to get a Yaesu 897d, which covers HF, 2m, and 70cm.  Best of luck!  73 de Ki4emd
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« Reply #12 on: May 31, 2006, 06:43:27 PM »

My vote is for a nice 830

Buy a nice one, and you can get your money back..if ..and when you grow out of it.

Guess I just can't get the tube stuff out of my system
Smiley
73..and welcome to the bands , in advance
JohnB
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KL7IPV
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« Reply #13 on: June 03, 2006, 08:32:26 PM »

New: FT-840 or IC-718.  Used: TenTec Omni-D, Ten Tec Delta II, Icom IC-730, IC-720, Kenwood TS-130, TS-140, TS-440, Yeasu FT-757, FT-707.
   
Those are good solid state rigs and are eaily found on eBay too. Prices are reasonable and they work well. Good luck.
Frank
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