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Author Topic: Hilberling PT8000A  (Read 2520 times)
GI0WLW
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« on: June 06, 2018, 02:10:26 PM »

Is there anyone who has used one of these radios? Are they worth the extra money?
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K6BRN
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2018, 02:20:13 PM »

Nope.  Have not used it.  But plenty of info on line.  A rare radio at a fabulous price.  Online eham reviews suggest that users are not overly thrilled with them.  Also a dated design.  You might have much better luck with a new, digital Flex 6600.  Has a lot of relevant capabilities: multiple receivers across multiple bands, seems very intuitive to use, easily remotable, optional dedicated front panel, and a well done, contemporary Direct Sampling DSP design.  For much less than the Hiberling.
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DL8OV
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« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2018, 09:08:13 AM »

I suspect that this radio is a pet project of the company owner and he won't let this go. I know of one German ham who has a PT-8000 and the sales of this rig must be very low. Ten years ago when the PT-8000 came out it was competing with rigs like the Icom IC-7800 and the price at the time reflected this, now it's full of outdated technology.

The best thing Dr Hilberling could do would be to drop this rig and replace it with a properly designed transceiver using SDR technology. At the same time he needs to add a waterfall display and make the case half the size.

Peter DL8OV
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W1BR
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2018, 08:36:20 PM »

Only two eham reviews....  one glowing, one so so.  Pretty small field to draw a conclusion.  I suspect owning one is more of a status symbol than practical.
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K6AER
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2018, 09:31:54 AM »

Why buy a radio that cost $13,000, that has only 8 dB better close in dynamic range than the IC-7300. Look at Rob Sherwoods testing list.

Much better to spend the money on a good beam and tower. Then take the $8000 left over and go on a nice two week vacation with your wife to New Zealand.
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KX2T
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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2018, 07:51:28 AM »

If I had that kind of money burning a hole in my pocket and wanted a flagship radio it would be the IC7851, that is one of the best superhet/DSP designs to date, yes the K3 has the numbers yet $4500 for a K3S loaded looks like a tonka toy next to the 7851 design.  In today's more reasonable price ranged radio market between $3k-$4k the likes of the IC7610, the Flex offerings, the two new kids on the block like the not yet released FTDX101D or even the new Kenwood TS890 make the PT8000 a thing of the past. To many the IC7610 is the poor mans 7851 with lab numbers not very far from the flagship radio.
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