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Author Topic: Which HF rig?  (Read 548 times)
KC9CVK
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« on: August 08, 2003, 01:12:04 PM »

I am getting ready to get my first HF rig.  I am not sure which one I should get.  I am going to try to give an idea of what I am looking for, as I know that the answer to my question can depend on that.  

First of all, I have a visual impairment, not blind, but can't see good enough to drive.  

1.  I am wanting a rig that covers HF and 6M...I don't really need the 2M and 440, as we already have an IC-2720 and would be willing to get another for the car so that I can keep this one in the house.  

2.  Due to my vision, I don't really like the idea of having to use a menu system to get around in the radio.  

3.  I would like it to be capable of mobile use, but not necessary.

4.  I want GOOD receive.  On Field Day I had the opportunity to work with the 706 MIIG and an IC-745, and it seemed to me that the 745 had better receive, but could have been difference in antennas.

5.  Would like it to have a good cooling fan, Vox, and pre-amp...among some other things.  Will one day be able to receive CW good enough to send it(not quite there yet in my opinion), and will be doing SSTV and possibly Digital SSTV as well.  Want to do Packet as well, Satellite, and many other things as well.  

The rig does not have to be brand new, it can be older as long as it does the above mentioned things.  I also don't have a fortune to spend on some of the rigs on the market.  

So, if you have an opinion on what you like best, or which you think would be best for me, please let me know...

73, and thanks for the input in advance.  

KC9CVK
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TECH2003
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2003, 09:21:20 PM »

Take a look at the Yaesu FT-920.  It's a very nice rig with HF & 6 meters.  
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2003, 09:23:54 PM »

Also, the FT-920 is a base radio and not suited well for mobile use.  However, if money is no object than you may want to look at a  Yaesu FT-1000MP MarkV with the 6 meter transverter.  It's a nice setup but it will cost you.  The FT-920 is moderately priced and a nice radio.
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N3ZKP
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2003, 07:59:47 PM »

Also, check out the Kenwood TS-570S(G). It is an excellent rig, much smaller then the Yaesu FT-920 and is ideally suited for portable operation. You COULD use it mobile sitting in a car seat, but it's really a little big for that.

My club bought four of them - two for the shack and two for emergency portable/field day operation. It has proven to be a very good decision.

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K6LDX
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« Reply #4 on: August 15, 2003, 10:33:15 AM »

The IC746 (non-Pro) is another excellent rig if you can find a used one in good condition.  However, stay away from the "improved" IC746Pro - its had reliability problems (see eham reviews).
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EI7IR
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2003, 08:32:58 PM »

You said you have a visual impairment so when choosing a radio bear in mind that you can fit an optional voice synthesizer in Icom radios. This will readout the operating frequency mode etc and the s-meter reading.I don't think Yaesu or Kenwood have this facility but I stand to be corrected on this!A friend of mine who also has a visual impairment uses the Icom 746, he is very pleased with it and the large display is a great help.
Good luck with your choice!
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