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Author Topic: Which Transceiver - Kenwood 480HX or Icom 7200  (Read 6813 times)
M6YDB
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« on: October 25, 2013, 02:08:56 PM »

Hi all

So, my budget is around £850 (just over $1000) and I have narrowed it down to one or other of the above.

I have seen a Yaesu 897 in operation and it does not float my boat.

It will primarily be used as a base rig and will be along side a KW 430S and 830S and will take up the slack for data modes, contesting and some DX work where it is just easier with something more modern to work split etc.

I am erring toward the 7200 - I like the fact it has a USB port and seems all set for PSK operation but I have a liking for KW gear in general.

What thoughts do people have and is there anything 2nd hand I should consider also?

Thanks for your help all

Danny M6YDB
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W4KYR
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« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2013, 05:20:17 PM »

I don't own either.

The 480 HX puts out 200 watts on HF and 100 watts on 6 meters and does FM. It is highly rated on the eham reviews.

The 7200 puts out 100 Watts on HF and 6 meters but does not do FM. It is also highly rated on the eham reviews.



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« Reply #2 on: October 26, 2013, 04:29:10 AM »

   I'm prejudice, the IC-7200. Simple menu, quiet receive, solidly built, NR actually works. I only operate CW so Lack of FM is not an issue. I bought on basis of revues and comps (actual trying out) with other similar price range rigs, fits my needs no regrets.
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« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2013, 06:31:28 AM »

   I'm prejudice, the IC-7200. Simple menu, quiet receive, solidly built, NR actually works. I only operate CW so Lack of FM is not an issue. I bought on basis of revues and comps (actual trying out) with other similar price range rigs, fits my needs no regrets.

The 7200 is a down grade from a 480. The 480 is a better rig all around and far more features.
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« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2013, 06:39:55 AM »

I use an Icom 746 Pro.  Compared to the 7200 a more flexible radio.  Download the user manuals and compare the rigs.  I found major differences in the menu systems in various rigs.  I do a lot of HF digital and the cabling is simple and since I use and aftermarket  $20 "CIV" and $25 sound card interface it didn't cost much.

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« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2013, 07:02:03 AM »

Re:W8JX  reply #3

   Personal opinions aside, as per my post "fits MY needs". Wink
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« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2013, 07:12:30 AM »

Re:W8JX  reply #3

   Personal opinions aside, as per my post "fits MY needs". Wink

Original poster is used to Kenwood and Kenwood sound and Icom may leave him wanting. The 7200 is a entry level IF DSP rig and little more while the 480 is a mature analog rig and has a very clean receiver. You can also get the MB 480 mobile bracket for 480 that makes it easy to carry around. 480 also has a larger display that is easy to read.
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M6YDB
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2013, 09:17:30 AM »

Thanks for the replies, very helpful. Actually started thinking I would err toward the Icom but not nearly so sure now.

Is the Yaesu 450D worth throwing into the mix also?
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« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2013, 05:47:57 PM »

Is the Yaesu 450D worth throwing into the mix also?

It is a entry level rig too but I would place it below 7200 feature wise.
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« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2013, 06:04:31 PM »

Danny, try to get your hands on each rig...ask around and see if there are hams nearby with either piece of gear in their shack that you can see in operation
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« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2013, 05:29:19 AM »

Still, a third Kenwood next to other 2 would be sweet.
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« Reply #11 on: October 27, 2013, 06:42:34 AM »

Thanks all

Your feedback has been really useful and I have made a decision-none of them!!

The KW 480 was out front but none of them have all the features I want so I am going to spend a bit more on my shack basics. Improve my antenna, build a better desk and I have ordered an external audio dsp second hand for now to help dig through the noise.

Will probably spend around $300.

Am then going to save for a rig from the next level up. Probably an Icom 7410 or Kenwood 590S.

Between the 430S and 830S I have enough radio to be getting on with and improving my shack basics will benefit me far more than a compromise rig.

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« Reply #12 on: October 27, 2013, 07:11:51 AM »

Thanks for the replies, very helpful. Actually started thinking I would err toward the Icom but not nearly so sure now.

Is the Yaesu 450D worth throwing into the mix also?

I had a Yaesu FT450 and I presently have a Kenwood TS-480HX. Although the Yaesu is nice I prefer the TS-480HX for the display, ergonomics, ease of use (I can leave the MULTI knob always assigned for CW Speed), it has that good Kenwood NR (Noise Reduction) and then there's the 200 watts on HF. And the Yaesu has a very uncomfortable tiny main knob.
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« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2013, 07:24:52 AM »

Re: M6YDB reply #11

   Wise decision, improve what you have and you will make just as many  contacts as with the afore mentioned rigs.
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« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2013, 05:43:42 PM »

Re: M6YDB reply #11

   Wise decision, improve what you have and you will make just as many  contacts as with the afore mentioned rigs.

I can honestly say that this is not always the case. The 830 is a great rig as I used one for over 20 years but the 480 is noticeably better at pulling a signal out of the noise than a 830
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