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Author Topic: The best multimode HF/VHF rig for weak signal  (Read 705 times)
WX3K
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« on: July 21, 2006, 09:47:04 AM »

I am considering purchasing an HF rig that includes 6 meters. What is the best "weak signal" rig that accomodates 6 meters with good receiver performance:

1)good dynamic range in the front end
2)excellent sensitivity
3)an effective noise blanker
4)Digital Signal Processing
5)Bandscope

I want a solid receiver on 6 meters but I also want the rig to rock on HF.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2006, 11:36:39 AM »

Best I've ever seen or used for 6m is the IC-7800, which is absolutely superb on six (as well as HF).

Second best is probably IC-756PROIII.

WB2WIK/6
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N9DG
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« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2006, 02:25:36 PM »

Starting fresh with no other radio I would go with the Flex Radio SDR-1000. It has an absolutely stellar noise blanker two of them in fact that you run simultaneously. It also has unmatched ability for very narrow filtering. Although it has 6M built in I would probabbly use it with a transverter. The SDR-1000 is only low power on 6M so would need an amplifier to bring it to the 100 or better level anyhow.
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KE4XJ
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« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2006, 08:47:43 PM »

I agree with N9DG. I have heard that the SDR 1000 is not very sensitive on 6 meters and needs a receive pre-amplifier. Once that is done, the statements on the reflector are that 6 meters on SDR 1000 is fabulous.

The  reflector:
http://mail.flex-radio.biz/mailman/listinfo/flexradio_flex-radio.biz
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W6GF
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« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2006, 11:22:54 AM »

If you are an ARRL member go to their site and look under product reviews.  You will get a fair comparison there with little emotion. Do not forget your antenna and its placement will have an impact.

George
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KQ6Q
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2006, 01:19:04 AM »

I've had an IC-746Pro for 3 years now, very happy with results on all bands 160 through 2M. As has been pointed out, your antenna is very important. I'm limited in that regard - 3 el on 6m, 14 el circular on 2m, but very happy with my results in VHF contests.
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AH6FC
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« Reply #6 on: August 10, 2006, 09:35:25 AM »

Agree with Steve WB2WIK/6.  The 7800 is the best.  I have a 756ProIII and it is fabulous.  The bandscope is a big asset, particularly on 6 meters where you're oftentimes searching for any signal.  As you know, they appear and dissapear very rapidly on the "magic" band.
I'm sure the FT9000 and new FT2000 are great as well, just no experience with them.  An Orion with a transverter might work well also.
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