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Author Topic: 100 or 200 watt radio  (Read 13862 times)
WD4ELG
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« Reply #15 on: October 20, 2012, 10:18:35 PM »

I agree with K3CXG.  See if you can improve the antenna first.  Then, look for an amp...but one that takes you from 100 watts to something higher like 500 (Elecraft) or 750 (Tokyo High Power).  These are more expensive than MFJ, but they are idiot proof (trust me on this, I have VERIFIED that the THP 1.2KfX is 100% idiot proof in my shack, and it is worth EVERY penny).

But I did not buy the amp until I had gotten the best antenna setup possible that my QTH would allow:

Hex beam for HF
OCF dipole
132 foot inverted L with remote tuner
Receiving stealth beverages on the ground
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WX7G
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« Reply #16 on: October 31, 2012, 05:57:37 AM »

The only 200 radios I am aware of are the FT-2000D and the TS-480HX.

The FT-2000D, 200 watt radio at Ham Radio Outlet is $350 more than the 100 watt version.

The TS-480HX, 200 watt radio at Ham Radio Outlet is $130 more than the 100 watt version.

How does this new information change the many answers given?
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AI4HO
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« Reply #17 on: November 08, 2012, 06:39:32 PM »

I will side with the TS-480HX side, I have had 2 of them..one as a base, worked lots of DX, my friend bugged me and in a weak moment sold it to him, was so disgusted with myself at being so weak, but a deal is a deal, and I let him have the radio.  Had a Kenwood TS-570D/G..100 watt rig, nice rig but it wasn't the 480HX.  Sold the 570D/G, bought myself another TS-480HX, used it as a secondary/backup rig for a while, then mounted it in my Ford Ranger, traded the Ranger off last year and got a 2011 Toyota Tundra double cab, my TS-480HX is now in my Tundra..this is a great rig, has the Kenwood audio, receive is also excellent, installed a 1.8KHz SSB filter about a month ago, for even better receive.  True..you are only going up half an S unit, but sometimes that half an S unit makes the difference.  Base or mobile, ya can't beat Kenwoods TS-480HX..just my observations, been a proud owner of the TS-480HX for a total of6 years now, my current one I've had for 4 years, the savings as others have stated..put it into the best antenna you can at your QTH.

73 de Mark
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WX7G
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« Reply #18 on: November 09, 2012, 05:24:14 AM »

I bought a TS-480HX for the car to replace the FT-857. The TS-480HX is much nicer and easier to use and the 200 watts does help. If I needed a new radio for the house I would seriously consider the TS-480.
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W8JX
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« Reply #19 on: November 09, 2012, 06:46:35 AM »

The 480 a very fine rig in either version. Very user friendly too.
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