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KN4LGK
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« Reply #15 on: August 11, 2018, 05:34:50 AM »

I passed the General Exam and have accumulated equipment and supplies so today I get started in the basement on shack construction. I did go with the IC 7300 and a Hustler vertical antenna. I’ve been reading the manuals over lunch and I’m anxious to get on the air.

Also starting to study for the extra exam as time permits.

Thanks everyone for the advice.

Glen
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N0YXB
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« Reply #16 on: August 11, 2018, 07:17:34 PM »

I passed the General Exam and have accumulated equipment and supplies so today I get started in the basement on shack construction. I did go with the IC 7300 and a Hustler vertical antenna. I’ve been reading the manuals over lunch and I’m anxious to get on the air.

Also starting to study for the extra exam as time permits.

Thanks everyone for the advice.

Glen

Sounds like you're off to a great start.

73.
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VE3WGO
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« Reply #17 on: August 11, 2018, 07:30:50 PM »

KN4LGK, congratulations on passing your General!.

Which Hustler antenna model did you get?

The 7300 and any Hustler is a great setup!

73, Ed VE3WGO
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KN4LGK
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« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2018, 04:40:10 AM »

I went with the 6btv. Spent yesterday pulling circuits over to the shack and hopefully can get the hole dug for the antenna footer today.

Thanks

Glen
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K5LXP
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« Reply #19 on: August 12, 2018, 07:48:06 AM »


Sounds pretty permanent.  Maybe sink a 4' pipe in the ground and use that before you go through the trouble of such a durable mount.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM
 
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W8JX
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« Reply #20 on: August 13, 2018, 03:28:35 PM »


Sounds pretty permanent.  Maybe sink a 4' pipe in the ground and use that before you go through the trouble of such a durable mount.

Mark K5LXP
Albuquerque, NM
 

You want at least a 6 foot pole driven 4+ feet in the ground. A 4 foot pole leaves too little in ground in my book. Ii use 7 foot poles driven nearly 6 feet into ground.
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K0UA
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« Reply #21 on: August 14, 2018, 08:23:41 PM »

As a new ham, if you have any questions about your new 7300, shoot me an email and we can exchange phone numbers and I will do my best to answer any questions you may have.  I have 2 of the 7300's and usually run both at the same time on different bands.
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2018, 10:41:47 AM »

I'm having one darned good time using my Alinco SR-8T on 20/40/80 PSK-31 or Olivia.

I use a D-104 microphone, FT-757 GX II an AL-80A on twenty meters phone.

Kraus
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W4FID
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« Reply #23 on: August 26, 2018, 04:17:42 AM »

The 7300 is a great radio. But at about half or 2/3 the cost a nice clean used IC-746PRO will do a lot. Has configurable filters. Has a built in tuner. Has the connections for digital modes and remote control. Is a very popular and long running rig which says a lot about how good they are.
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K7JQ
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« Reply #24 on: August 26, 2018, 06:33:51 AM »

At $1,000 for a new one,  the Icom 7300 is a no-brainer. Don't discount the usefulness of the spectrum scope/waterfall, and the ease of connection to a computer with one USB cable.
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K0UA
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« Reply #25 on: August 26, 2018, 10:00:29 AM »

At $1,000 for a new one,  the Icom 7300 is a no-brainer. Don't discount the usefulness of the spectrum scope/waterfall, and the ease of connection to a computer with one USB cable.

Exactly. They are so cheap and so good, the idea of buying a used radio from a couple decades back at 2/3 the price seems absurd to me.  But that is just me.
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73  James K0UA
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« Reply #26 on: August 26, 2018, 04:42:00 PM »

But remember there is no direct comparison between the ergonomics and feel of a classic analog rig vs a modern small IF DSP rig that is heavily dependent on menus too. So consider this too when rig shopping. I still have my old 830 I got new and will likely have it till I go silent key even though I have some newer rigs too. 
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KC4ZGP
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« Reply #27 on: August 26, 2018, 06:09:35 PM »

JX,

I see a lot of TS-830's on eBay. I'm itching badly to get one. But I have 6 transceivers. Don't need seventh.

I could just throw away my two TS-450s, one TS-130 and two FT757GX II. I shan't part with my SR-8T.

Say maybe you need some old solid state rigs...hhmmmmm...Huh Even an FT-101 looks real tempting.

Kraus
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