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Author Topic: TS480SAT vs IC 706MKiiG  (Read 765 times)
N8MNI
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« on: May 28, 2006, 07:06:34 PM »

How do these radios compare? Which would give the best bang for the buck as a new first HF radio? I had an older FT767GX that I traded off 10 yrs ago when I dropped out of ham radio.
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K8AC
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« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2006, 05:11:17 AM »

If you need 2 meters and 440, then the 706 is the choice.  For everything else, the 480 is far better in my opinion.  I won a 706 at a hamfest last year and immediately sold it and purchased a 480.  The receiver performance is better and the DSP functions work very well indeed.
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KI8DJ
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« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2006, 05:23:20 PM »

I would like to add that the 480 has a much simpler menu system, basically one menu,you hardly need the manual to run it. I had an icom 703 which operates like the 706 and found the menu's confusing to say the least. Gary ki8dj
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VK4DGG
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« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2006, 07:17:42 AM »

My 706 MKII is about 7 years old now, it has rattled around in several types of pickups and UTEs in America and Australia. It has been in freezing cold(-20 F) and scorching hot (115 F in the shade, no guess as to how hot it was in the cab of the pickup in the parking lot. Worked a lot of DX and travelling nets in the US. It has never burped or coughed once. Not one glitch ( pounding a large piece of wood), I am very satisfied with it. So, I say the judge is still out on the 480 for awhile. There must be a reason they have sold a gazillion of the 706's. I think they are a classic HF mobile rig and will be around for years.

73's
Mark
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WA9UAA
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2006, 02:12:18 PM »

HI OM,
The TS-480 has a much better receiver on a fixed station antenna. The IC 706s are good mobile rigs where the antennas are marginal but overload on full sized antennas. GL HTH
73,
Rob WA9UAA
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KT9Y
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« Reply #5 on: June 19, 2006, 07:25:25 PM »

I have had my TS-480 SAT for about a year and a half and it is my second HF rig.  My first was a Ten-Tec Triton 4.  I love the 480!  Very easy to use.  160m-6m.  Including the 60m band.  The only thing I don't like about it is the noise reduction on is sounds very "digital."  Other than that.  I love the radio.  I wish I could truly compare it to the 706 but I have never owned a 706.
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Tim / N9HUW
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