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Author Topic: ICOM 706 or used 551D/211 for 6 & 2 SSB  (Read 457 times)
WB2QIG
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« on: March 25, 2008, 03:19:48 PM »

I have a simple question. I want to get back on VHF SSB and it looks like I only have a few options. My question is try to find 2 good used radios (IC-211 and the IC-551D) or buy a new ICOM 706.

Your input would be appreciated.

Maxwell (WB2QIG)
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N9DG
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2008, 06:18:18 AM »

I would go with the 2 radios. Simply because it offers more versatility to monitor both 6 & 2 at the same time. However I would not look for a IC-211, they were notorious for circuit board problems. Better choices would be later models like the IC-251, IC-271 (if it's had the RAM board updated), IC-275.
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WA4PTZ
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008, 06:32:56 AM »

Well, you did ask for opinions....
Why buy junk when you can use state of the art?
Monitoring multiple bands at once is not all it's
cracked up to be.
73,
Tim  WA4PTZ
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KO1D
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008, 06:52:22 PM »

706 is not the best choice. IC746pro gives you 100w on 6m and 2m all mode plus HF all mode and has a really good receiver. There is also the TS2000 which is not too bad, but has its own issues. The benefit is you get 70cm all mode with 50w out. I'd avoid the X version as the 1.2GHz module is deaf from what I understand.

There is also the YAESU FT847, 857, 897 all have all mode VHF capability.

There are a lot of options. Make sure whatever you do spend good money on good coax and a good antenna.

Dan S
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VE3EFJ
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« Reply #4 on: March 29, 2008, 11:46:30 AM »

I wouldn't go so far as to call the 211 or 551 "junk", but at the least their time has come and gone. Along with time so has many (or all) spare parts and repair expertise. I've had both radios at some time, and I can say iCom did pretty good with the engineering. However, you can do better in Y2008. Much better.

Once the decision is made to look at something more modern the World opens up. I wouldn't restrict myself to a 706. There are a few radios of that type that I would consider as alternatives, such as the Yaesu FT847. The 706  gets old pretty quick as a tabletop due to its menu driven approach. Not a fault of the radio - how else can one put all that function in such a small space? The desktop just is not an optimum place for a "mobile" radio. If you wanted to stick with iCom, why not the older model 746?

Regardless of your choice in a "modern" radio, I think the first step is to let the vintage 211 and 551 go.


Wayne
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ONLYON6METERS
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« Reply #5 on: March 29, 2008, 05:05:21 PM »

i have a 551d.  it replaced an rci5054dx100.  with 60 or so watts from the icom, it seemed to cut through noise during E skip better then the rci.  it's receiver has more room to play & i can usually get a 'better copy' on the 551d.  next came a 706mk2g.  i'm not so sure it is better then the 551d.  heck, there are times i can hear better on the rci then the 706. one, if not all 3 may be going soon.  after working a friends 746pro more then a few times, i bit.  ups says tuesday delivery.  his is noticeably better on receive then any of the 3 i have.  i hope mine is just as good.  as for xmit...i seem to have the processor & mic gain up pretty high on the 706, so much so that i have to back it down on 10m, or my bandwidth can be a bit wide.  his 746pro with an sm20 out talks my mk2g with stock mic, even cranked up, side-by-side, with the 706 watts up around 110 vs 90 or so on the pro.  unless icom extends the sale once more, you have til 530PM monday to get it from hro with the extra $25 off.....
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KB9YUR
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« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2008, 02:45:20 AM »

There's plenty of options if you look around and take
a quick look at www.rigpix.com . For 2m, you might want
to consider the Yaesu FT-290 or FT-690 for 6m series. These radios can also be used as QRP and portables as well as base and mobile.
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