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Author Topic: Most rugged HF transceivers  (Read 22488 times)
K1ZJH
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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2012, 01:16:10 PM »

I think one of the most rugged tranceivers for amateur radio would be the old SGC 2020. None of them are made to abuse but the SGC 2020 is fairly close. They have a pretty tough case and were made for portable use.  My two cents...

W7Rue

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K6RQR
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2012, 04:39:18 PM »

Look up HF ManPack and see if this is what you are looking for. The description says that it is noted for its ruggedness. I also know of some hams who use them as pedestrian mobile rigs by making up a special harness to accommodate the rig and the antenna. Good luck in your search.

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WB2WIK
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« Reply #17 on: June 29, 2012, 06:10:22 PM »

I think one of the most rugged tranceivers for amateur radio would be the old SGC 2020. None of them are made to abuse but the SGC 2020 is fairly close. They have a pretty tough case and were made for portable use.  My two cents...

W7Rue

Too bad they sound like hell on the air. Wink

I bought a 2020 about six years ago.  No matter what I did, it sounded terrible.  So I returned it and got a new one, under warranty.  Different S/N.  Sounded the same as the first one.


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W7RUE
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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2012, 05:54:52 PM »

I've heard that before.... However, he wanted the most rugged transceiver and the 2020 fits that bill. I understand that the 2020 works best when you are away from any interference caused by civilization. Having said all of that, currently NO ONE that I know of, makes a real rugged rig unless it is a converted military rig. I wonder if any of the big three (or five?) have done a market study on the feasibility of coming out with one.  W7Rue  Huh 
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KCJ9091
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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2012, 07:06:52 AM »

I guess nobody bother to check out links.

Yes they do, Icom.           "Rugged design for outdoor use
The rugged design of the IC-7200 means your enjoyment of this rig is not limited to your shack only."

It may not be "milspec" for shock and vibration BUT at least one manufacturer is making something more
sturdy than your normal radio.

http://www.icomamerica.com/en/products/amateur/hf/7200/default.aspx
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W8JX
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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2012, 03:50:56 PM »

What it offers in implied ruggedness, it sacrifices in selectivity.  Very simple receiver. 
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« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2012, 11:13:14 PM »

When it comes to the 706 or the 7000 I can not agree. I own a 7000 and really like it but the way it is manufactured is not top notch. The audio and data jacks are surface mount and too delicate for rough handling. I have already had to repair three jacks (Speaker out and video out on the back and speaker out on the control head. They break loose from the circuit board rendering them useless and a pain to repair without a fine tipped soldering iron, time and patience.
Sorry for the negative input.

Win (KB5ZSM)
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K7RBW
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« Reply #22 on: July 04, 2012, 11:56:45 PM »

What about the VX-1210?

http://www.vertexstandard.com/ap/vx-1210.html
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KCJ9091
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« Reply #23 on: July 05, 2012, 06:10:26 AM »


Didn't mention it because he said "I am interested in rigs manufactured for the ham market, not a commercial or military rig put into amateur use."

The 1210 does not have a either a VFO or a low price point. It is programmed prior to issue and operates from selectable memory channels.  The operator cannot (easily) change frequency to other than a programed memory.
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« Reply #24 on: July 05, 2012, 07:46:50 AM »

I would look at the tentec.com, for their Eagle radio, and talk with ten-tec about one of their military/Gov box's, if they say no way, then ask of help.
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KZ1X
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« Reply #25 on: July 06, 2012, 09:29:39 PM »

Really, like Steve 'WIK said, no amateur market gear meets the described requirements. 
You have to go to the mil stuff.  (Yes, I saw he wasn't asking for mil gear ...)
Something like this:

http://www.mobat-usa.com/manpack_remake.htm


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« Reply #26 on: July 28, 2012, 07:18:37 AM »

From personal experience dragging rigs to field day and special events, operating mobile, etc...I've had the best luck with some of the older analog solid state rigs like the TS-120. If you don't mind a tube rig, I've had good experience with the old Heathkit SB-101s. They're cheap, too.

Conversely, my IC-756 and Yaesu FT-901 were the worst and always seem to come home broken :-(

Just my $.01 worth

Dave Wb4IUY
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NO2A
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« Reply #27 on: July 29, 2012, 02:02:29 PM »

Didn`t Yaesu have a mil-spec rig in the 1990`s ? It was built with the ham bands but copied mil-specs. I just can`t remember the name. It was a rare rig,and you didn`t hear much about them. I wanna say something in the model number range of 800-900?
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« Reply #28 on: July 29, 2012, 02:39:54 PM »

FT-70G

BCD decade switches to set the frequency :-(

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NO2A
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« Reply #29 on: July 30, 2012, 02:22:07 PM »

FT-600? I remember seeing ads for this but never heard anything about it. A mil-spec designed rig for the ham bands circa 1990`s?
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