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Author Topic: what is better for a visualy impared ham  (Read 744 times)
N9IBZ
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« on: January 27, 2009, 01:31:56 PM »

I am a visualy impared ham with limited  space and would like to know which hf rig would be better for me to use the  ft857 or the ic706 any help would be great another reason I am considering these two rigs is because I need to keep my station to less than eight pounds so I need a rig that will do VHF/UHF as well







thanks and have a great day


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K9KJM
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« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2009, 01:37:12 AM »

Get a Kenwood TS 2000.    A radio that does a LOT more than either the Icom 706 or the FT 857. Including cross band repeat, And the TS 2000 is actually TWO different radios in one box, So you can monitor two different bands  at the same time.
The TS 2000 has a much larger, Brighter display than either the IC706 or the FT857, While the overall size of the radio is only slightly larger.

The TS 2000 is selling good used in the 1100 dollar range, (Several were recently seen on the classifieds right here on Eham)  Brand new in the 1500 dollar range.  

The FT857 retails for around 1,000, And sells for around 800 bucks, The 706 for slightly more.

For base station use, Save up a little bit longer and get the TS 2000.
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WW5AA
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« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2009, 07:21:29 AM »

If you can see enough to make out fairly large numbers on a computer screen and have a computer or room for one, I would get Ham Radio Delux for radio control which also has a voice function depending on the radio. In that case I would get the FT-857D at about $695 with the remote kit and download HRD for free. If you like HRD sent a donation every so often. Good luck!

73 de Lindy
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NA0AA
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« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2009, 02:22:05 PM »

There are a few radios out there with various talking chips in them - the FT-847 had it as an option if you can find one of those.  I know there are others out there.
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K7UNZ
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« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2009, 12:31:38 PM »

The FT-450 has a front panel push-button voice announcer for mode, freq, etc.

Jim/k7unz
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