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Author Topic: Ic 746 Pro / IC-706MKIIG or what?  (Read 595 times)
NA4FM
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« on: January 23, 2004, 12:28:54 AM »

I am interested in setting up a station.  I have been considering the 756 Pro for a base rig and the 706MKIIG for a mobile.

I plan to buy one now and one 6 months later.  I want a good station for a base but I am also intrigued by the new Pedestrian Portable/mobile.  I am at a toss up as to which to buy.  

I know the 706 is higher power than the 703, but that's how I prefer it.

The 706 is supposedly more versatile but the 746 reportedly has a better receiver.  The cost difference is minimal by the time I take into account all the accessories and ps (free with the 746 for the time being).

What are your thoughts about these two rigs and other similar rigs?

Buck



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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2004, 01:37:12 PM »

The IC706MK2G isn't more "versatile" in any way I can think of, except that it includes coverage of the 70cm band, which the 746PRO does not.  In most ways, the 746PRO is actually a more versatile, and more modern design, rig.  The 746PRO is also easier to use, since it has more front-panel controls so it's not as reliant on menus for functionality.  And the 746PRO indeed has a better receiver -- completely different design.

The 746PRO also has a built-in automatic antenna tuner, which the 706MK2G does not.  This can make a world of difference in actual usability, since with the ATU, the user can try out many different antennas that often won't work without an ATU.

For "pedestrian mobile" work, I think the IC703 would be a far better choice (than the 706MK2G).  It's lighter and draws a lot less current during "receive" or "standby," allowing the use of a much smaller battery for portable operation.  Of course, the 703 doesn't cover 2m or 70cm.

WB2WIK/6



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