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W6MAZ
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« on: September 23, 2009, 09:36:43 PM »

I'm testing for my General in less than a month and I'm starting to seriously shop for my first HF rig. I'm mobile a lot and getting involved in ARES, so portability is a must. I know there is so much opinion out there, but I'm stuck between the Yaesu FT897D and the Icom IC-7000. Except for the difference in price (which is marginal considering the on-board filters on the Icom) they seem similar. Both get great reviews. Anyone used both and have a strong opinion? Thanks for the added help.
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K0BG
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« Reply #1 on: September 24, 2009, 05:31:50 AM »

They're not. Neither one is perfect by any means, but design wise the Icom is several years newer, and can be easily remoted for mobile use. It also has marginally higher power on the VHF/UHF bands.

I've not owned an 897, but I have owned a 857, and even the 706MkIIg is a better radio overall. My biggest complaint is the little screen, and funny programming.

Or, you could buy separate radios. If you want a lot of power, and you have the room for the remoted head, the Kenwood TS-480 Hx is a decent radio. No VHF however. At 200 watts, it's a poor man's amplifier.

Lastly, I wouldn't consider a Yaesu 450 for a mobile unit.

Alan, KØBG
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