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Author Topic: If You Could Only Have One QRP Rig  (Read 79697 times)
WB4TJH
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« Reply #60 on: July 21, 2014, 09:32:18 AM »

My first qrp radio was a Ten Tec PM-1 in 1971, and I have owned many since then.   But today, I have an Elecraft K2 and it is by far the best qrp radio, with the best receiver of ANY radio, qrp or qro, that I have ever owned. I have had it for 7 years. But If I could buy anything available today, I would probably opt for a new KX3. You can't work them if you can't hear them and the Elecraft radios have the top receivers available today in qrp radios.
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WB4TJH
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« Reply #61 on: August 24, 2014, 08:54:58 AM »

Mine is and would be my K2.
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N4MMI
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« Reply #62 on: August 25, 2014, 01:22:53 PM »

An Elecraft KX3 with all the options and a Pelican 1200 to keep it safe.

I sold my FT-817 and IC-703 to fund it and I've been very happy that I did.

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David
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N3IG
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« Reply #63 on: August 28, 2014, 04:35:22 AM »

     I had a KX3 but it is down the road. It was a great HF radio but my QRP radio is also my eccom radio since I live in a hurricane zone. I went back to the FT-817nd, just can not beat it for versatility.
     I have heard use the KX3 and take a HT for vhf/uhf. That is fine if you want to/ have time to charge a bunch of different batteries with a hurricane on its way. Much easier to grab the camera bag with 817, antennas, coax, 7ah batteries all in one bag.
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N3AWS
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« Reply #64 on: August 31, 2014, 02:44:36 AM »

My FT-817 (original). 

It is the do-it-all rig.  It is my HT replacement for 2 meters, easy to grab and go for mobile operation, works great for PSK with my plug-n-play USB interface, and is simply fun!

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Jim N3AWS
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K2ZA
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« Reply #65 on: September 08, 2014, 06:49:10 PM »

While I own and enjoy using a K2, SWL DSW-40, DSW-20, Red Hot 20, and an S&S ARK 30, the radio I would grab if the house were on fire and I only had time for one is the FT-817ND. It's mix of capabilities hits a sweet spot for me, I can't really explain it otherwise.

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John K2ZA
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WA6QMQ
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« Reply #66 on: September 15, 2014, 11:58:24 AM »

KX3.................
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WA2TPU
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« Reply #67 on: September 15, 2014, 02:45:44 PM »

Indeed....my KX3 is the best rig I've ever owned. Period!
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ZENKI
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« Reply #68 on: September 16, 2014, 03:56:16 AM »

Codan 2110 manack. The only thing it lacks is a VFO knob which is normal for mil radios.

Harris RF5800 is another nice one.

The KX3 would make a nice QRP radio for me if it had a 25 watt PA and a inbuilt LIPO battery. Or better still use 18650 batteries.


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« Reply #69 on: September 16, 2014, 04:51:57 AM »

Depends. For frequent air/auto-travel in a Pelican case, my FT-817. For home use, my very quiet OHR100A and almost as quiet K1.
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« Reply #70 on: January 22, 2015, 05:20:03 AM »

I am really pleased with my KX3. It sure isn't my only QRP rig and I also have several 100 watt transceivers. The KX3 is the most fun to use of all my rigs. If forced to have one do-it-all station and I'd keep the KX3 and add an amplifier - and get rid of all my other rigs. I won't sing the virtues of the KX3 - others have done that so I won't repeat it. But I will say that, looking beyond the specs of the radio, the company itself provides customer service and tech support on a level that I haven't seen for any product ... ham or consumer.
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K8AXW
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« Reply #71 on: January 22, 2015, 08:50:12 AM »

Matt asked a simple question "just for fun."  This question has had over 70,000 views.  I never counted the replies.

I wonder if this thread has been helpful........to anyone?

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KA0USE
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« Reply #72 on: January 23, 2015, 09:06:57 AM »

I chose the yaesu ft-817nd, BUT I once had a heathkit hw-8 and loved it for the time I had it.
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« Reply #73 on: January 23, 2015, 05:50:24 PM »

ICOM 703+, had one, it's outstanding QRP radio. Low power consumption, could run it for weeks on a large deep cycle battery.
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N4OI
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« Reply #74 on: January 24, 2015, 08:52:02 AM »


If for emergency use, a laptop and DSW PSK 20 would enable good long-distance communications absent mains power, Internet, phone service, etc...  But a Rockmite and Palm paddle would be more fun!

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