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Author Topic: What Is The Most Beautiful Radio Ever Made (In Your Opinion)?  (Read 215237 times)
KD8MJR
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« Reply #135 on: January 20, 2014, 01:52:31 PM »

The Hilbering style is highly polarizing.  Some people love it and some don't!
The price being high is the one thing we can all agree on Cheesy  I will say this, it's one nicely crafted radio.
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« Reply #136 on: January 20, 2014, 04:29:25 PM »

The Hilbering style is highly polarizing.  Some people love it and some don't!
The price being high is the one thing we can all agree on Cheesy  I will say this, it's one nicely crafted radio.


Kinda looks like a hot rod Elecraft... Which is fine by me.
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« Reply #137 on: January 23, 2014, 07:24:44 PM »

 I think that the most beautiful radio for me was my very first radio that I ever had. That was a Hallicrafters S-120. For me that was the most beautiful sight for me as a child around 1965 or so on Christmas morning.
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« Reply #138 on: January 31, 2014, 04:32:01 PM »

You can get the Hilberling in different colors like M&M's!

I think in pure stylish taste the IC7800 leaves the Hilberling for dead.

The worst looking dog is the TS990S. Its a radio only its mother could like.

I think Icom won an industrial design award for the Ic7800.

At the end of the day its performance that counts.

Having said that. If we asked the question which radio looks the best inside. The Hilberling would win hands down. Its a work of art inside. It reminds
me a lot of the all the professional test equipment by Wandel and Golterman and most test equipment of the 80's and 90's that was modular with inter connecting cable.
I have lot of Siemens test equipment that was connected with nice microwave cables  between all the modules.

Why should you have to ship a radio back when you can just ship back a nice module. Thats what i like about the K3. You can get a new board shipped from Elecraft and just drop it in. You cant do that with  a IC7800 without removing 2000 screws.

The Hilbering style is highly polarizing.  Some people love it and some don't!
The price being high is the one thing we can all agree on Cheesy  I will say this, it's one nicely crafted radio.

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« Reply #139 on: February 01, 2014, 04:19:20 PM »

 Cheesy

FT 1000 D most others feel like junk, I will never part with it, 14 years and NEVER a trouble
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« Reply #140 on: February 02, 2014, 07:45:10 AM »

Would have to say the FT1000MP MK5 series is one of the best laid out radio's for a ham contester/DX'er. Also the Icom IC7800. One of the older rigs for its time were the TS930 and the FT990 and for there time were laid out well. Real oldie was the TS820 for its time.
The ugly one's go to the K3/K2 and the Orion I and Orion II, these are the most confusing radio's which IMO look like Tonka toys and the TS990 which is almost in that mix as well. For a radio that sells for $8K it should at least look good but the front panel is all over the place.
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« Reply #141 on: February 11, 2014, 02:06:19 PM »

 Well, let me think about that for a minute...

There have been quite a few... what comes to mind is the family of radios from National Radio Company:

National NCX-5 MARK II Transceiver, VX-501 VFO, NCL-2000 Linear and the venerable HRO-500 solid state communications receiver. Built like a tank and American made.

Tom G, Sr.
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« Reply #142 on: February 12, 2014, 10:40:13 AM »

The most beautiful rig is....  the equipment you're using.

The ugliest rig is... the junk you've sold.
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« Reply #143 on: February 16, 2014, 06:03:48 PM »

Would have to say the FT1000MP MK5 series is one of the best laid out radio's for a ham contester/DX'er. Also the Icom IC7800.



The Australian Engineers would say, "It's like sex on a stick!"  Grin Grin

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« Reply #144 on: February 17, 2014, 08:51:52 AM »

Hi to you all

For me it is the K3.

It is ugly , looks like a bad joke, it feels cheap,no coulor screen, you realy think it is junk.
But when you switch it on, learn and to operate it shows its beauty.

73 Jos
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« Reply #145 on: February 21, 2014, 01:10:01 PM »

I don't know how I forgot the IC-7000!  It may not be a full sized radio but the design is simply gorgeous.



I cant believe Icom is dropping this beauty in favor of the 7100 which IMO is really just a weird alarm clock looking radio.  Icom is so obsessed with D-Star that I fear it may be their undoing.
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« Reply #146 on: February 25, 2014, 10:48:57 AM »

The Kenwood 820s and 820r twin receiver pair.
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« Reply #147 on: February 25, 2014, 12:41:33 PM »



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« Reply #148 on: February 26, 2014, 02:43:42 PM »

I don't know how I forgot the IC-7000!  It may not be a full sized radio but the design is simply gorgeous.



I cant believe Icom is dropping this beauty in favor of the 7100 which IMO is really just a weird alarm clock looking radio.  Icom is so obsessed with D-Star that I fear it may be their undoing.


I love mine, it is just beautiful to look at when I am sitting on my couch hamming. So small to set up and take down in one trip, yet very powerful. Are they really dropping this?
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« Reply #149 on: February 27, 2014, 10:13:27 PM »

Yes, Icom has already stated that the 7000 is being discontinued.
I have no idea why they would drop one of their best sellers for a newer model that is never going to be as popular.  I think someone at Icom is just looking at the D-Star aspect and also the ability to cut production costs and therefore make more on each unit sold.  Given today's technology I would bet a 7100 is a lot cheaper to make than a 7000.  The D-Star chip is not expensive and monochrome touch screens are a dime a dozen and the big benefit for Icoms bottom line is that it cuts out a lot of knobs and buttons that are much more expensive and difficult to work with during manufacturing.
If you want a 7000 I suggest you buy one soon.
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