> can't stand the yaesu ft-7100m. For the price
> though, I can't help but at least look at it.
New the 7100m cost around $400, right? Seems like they
are $250-$300 used. That's a lot of money to be
plopping down for a box you know has a 2.6 rating on
eHam after 40-some-odd comments. I haven't met anyone
who loves the 7100 and know a couple people who would
not touch it with a ten foot pole.
While individual comments on radios here should be
taken with a boulder of salt, the overall ratings on
radios with more than a few responses (over 15-20
comments seem safe) and I have found them to be
accurate along my own feelings for radios with which
I have had personal contact.
If you want a dual band radio under $300, you might
want to check out the Kenwood TM-G707A...http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/431http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1209
With over 50 comments placed, it ranks 4.5. It is
not a heavy-hitter in terms of features but it does
have a solid reputation.
I'll take a radio that works well over a flashy
radio every day. (Then again, I'll take a flashy
radio that works well, too.)