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Author Topic: is the icom 718 a good choice for a new ham ?  (Read 27072 times)
K5TED
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« Reply #30 on: September 13, 2014, 03:34:15 PM »

Forget the 718. Look for a good used FT450D or AT.

If $100 makes or breaks your radio purchase, save your money, get your finances in order, and be patient.
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SWL2002
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« Reply #31 on: September 14, 2014, 10:20:53 AM »

Get an Icom 7200.
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K4PIH
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« Reply #32 on: September 17, 2014, 08:52:16 AM »

I just went back and read this whole thread from a critical standpoint. Two things jump out to me.

The first being the 718. Seems like some people can only bad mouth others equipment for whatever reason. I personally bought a new 718 and it is a great all-around fun rig that is not too complicated. I look at ham radios like I look at cars. The more crap you add, the more crap that will break. When was the last time your hand-crank car window burned out the electric motor?

The second thing that hit me was the total contempt for CB radio. Yeah I chuckle at all the names people use to illustrate their lack of knowledge about CB. Yeah they have their losers, but you can scan any ham band and find a bunch of them there as well.

Not to drag this into a Ham VS CB debate. So buy a radio that suits you. You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a good servicable radio.
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« Reply #33 on: September 17, 2014, 06:11:18 PM »

I just went back and read this whole thread from a critical standpoint. Two things jump out to me.

The first being the 718. Seems like some people can only bad mouth others equipment for whatever reason. I personally bought a new 718 and it is a great all-around fun rig that is not too complicated. I look at ham radios like I look at cars. The more crap you add, the more crap that will break. When was the last time your hand-crank car window burned out the electric motor?

The second thing that hit me was the total contempt for CB radio. Yeah I chuckle at all the names people use to illustrate their lack of knowledge about CB. Yeah they have their losers, but you can scan any ham band and find a bunch of them there as well.

Not to drag this into a Ham VS CB debate. So buy a radio that suits you. You don't have to spend a ton of money to get a good servicable radio.
  Agree on that 718!  Lots of bang for the buck.  And I wonder what percentage of today's hams actually started out on CB?
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