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Author Topic: Icom IC-706MKIIG and Yaesu FT-100D  (Read 1171 times)
KB9YTQ
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« on: January 29, 2003, 02:58:20 PM »

I am interested in the Icom IC-706MKIIG or Yaesu FT-100D for my first HF rig.  Does anyone out there own either and what do you think of them?  I appreciate any thoughts or opinions. Thanks!
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AD7DB
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« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2003, 04:15:54 PM »

It can be a tough choice between them. I decided on the Icom and I feel it's a great little radio.
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2003, 09:47:49 AM »

I have the 706, and find it to be a great all around rig, no complaints at all. It has been used as a base rig for 2m and HF, a mobile rig, and even as an emergency rig for contesting. It is the perfect Field Day radio in my opinion. It is easy to program and easy to use. Good luck with your choice.
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WA4PTZ
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« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2003, 07:12:41 AM »

I own 2 FT-100D and I love them. I have played with
a 706 and it has it's good points as well. You will
need to establish a broad list of features and controls
as well as filtering , accesories, flexibilty of the
DSP parameters , size , where you plan to place it,
if mobile, fixed or both.  I'd say you have a lot
of homework left to do. The main reason I chose the
FT-100D was I wanted to remote the faceplate. I could
not find anyone who could tell me enough about the
706 to decide .  
73 and good luck - Tim
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W4KPA
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2003, 04:39:15 PM »

I've got an original IC-706 and a MK2g.  I've had excellent results with both.  Having been through three generations with this radio, ICOM has pretty well worked out the bugs.  

Check out the equipment reviews here.

73,
Bruce
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N0VZ
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« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2003, 10:23:40 AM »

I have had a 706MKIIG and I really liked it.  Yaesu has a new FT-857 out that is even nicer.  Smaller size, really nice main tuning dial (great ergonomics and feel).  Check it out at www.gigaparts.com.  Handled one at HRO Denver a couple of days ago.  Really nice rig and very similar in operation to the new Yaesu 897.  
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« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2003, 12:36:43 PM »

Have had my 706Mk2G for 2 years now. It is a BRICK! One solid little radio. Great on VHF and UHF. Not the same receiver as a contest rig, but sure makes on hell of a mobile rig.
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« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2003, 03:44:43 AM »

I have both a 706mkiig and 100d. I've had the 706 for about 4 years it it is definitely a good radio. It has som nice features like a large display. I terms of build quality they are about the same. The 706 DSP is mostly useless but the notch filter is super. The 100d is far superior in terms of the DSP, filtering, noise blanker, noise rejection, etc. etc. The ICOM looks sexier with it's bigger display and all it's buttons and stuff and it's definitely a bit easier to use.

There is a tendency to go with the crowd as Icom has done a much better job of marketing their radios but many of the ICOM 706 owners have never really used a 100D seriously or heard of someone with a bad experience on one of the earlier units. Believe me, there are bad experiences on the early 706's as well - ICOM just handled them better.

BTW, I am an ICOM fan also. I have a 756proII plus others. The 100D get's some bad reports due to the inefficiencies of the optional ATAS antenna (which is not a radio problem) and some of the early units having a few problems. However, if you put the radios side-by-side on the same antenna systems you'll find the 100D superior in terms of performance. I did. So much so, I swapped out my 706mkiig for a 100D (and now a 857).

IMHO you can't go wrong with either radio. The trade off is performance (the 100d) for a bigger display and more buttons (the 706).

Ron N6QL
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K3WVU
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« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2003, 12:07:13 PM »

I have one of each.  I use the 706 as a base and the FT100D as a mobile.  If your interested in a base station, I would recommend the 706, but both a very good rigs.

Good luck.

Dwight K3WVU
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KB7TEF
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« Reply #9 on: February 14, 2003, 12:01:57 AM »

I had two Icom 706MKIIGs and replaced them both with Kenwood TSB-2000s.  I would never go back.  The TSB-2000 has two separate receivers that allows you to monitor local repeaters and work HF at the same time. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.

I know that they are not in the same price range, but I love the 2000 series!

Steve KB7TEF
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W7KKK
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« Reply #10 on: February 19, 2003, 11:06:04 AM »

I have the 706 MKIIG with the High Sierra HS-1800 screwdriver and get great reports. I had a 706 MKII previously with no problems. These are very trouble free radios.
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