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Author Topic: New HF Transceiver under $900  (Read 5788 times)
N8FVJ
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« on: December 05, 2018, 07:56:07 AM »

Under $900 new transceiver. What would you buy?
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WA9AFM
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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2018, 08:09:26 AM »

Give a close look to the Kenwood TS-480SAT.  I've been using one for several years and it's provided great service. 

Although originally designed as a mobile rig, I use it as a base unit; the main body on a shelf under the desk and the control hear on top.

There is a mounting unit, MB-480, which integrates the main body and control head into one portable unit.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2018, 08:26:06 AM »

I would buy myself time - to save $50 more dollars and buy a new, state of the art IC-7300.

- Glenn W9IQ
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2018, 08:51:02 AM »

Agree with Glenn....  IC 9300.  Watch for specials and sales.    TS-590 is also worth considering.

Pete
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2018, 11:11:34 AM »

Give a close look to the Kenwood TS-480SAT.  I've been using one for several years and it's provided great service. 

Although originally designed as a mobile rig, I use it as a base unit; the main body on a shelf under the desk and the control hear on top.

There is a mounting unit, MB-480, which integrates the main body and control head into one portable unit.
$135 over budget.
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2018, 12:09:38 PM »

Watch for the Christmas sale at Gigaparts and Dx Engineering.  The IC 7300 will be very very close to that $900 figure. with free shipping. In this price range you cannot do better if you want new.
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« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2018, 01:29:38 PM »

No, 69 USD below your budget. https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-006922
I also have two TS-480 and like them very much.

73, Peter - HB9PJT

Give a close look to the Kenwood TS-480SAT.  I've been using one for several years and it's provided great service.  

Although originally designed as a mobile rig, I use it as a base unit; the main body on a shelf under the desk and the control hear on top.

There is a mounting unit, MB-480, which integrates the main body and control head into one portable unit.
$135 over budget.
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WA9AFM
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« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2018, 05:11:53 PM »

Main Trading (mtcradio.com) has the TS-480 for $799 till the end of December.
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« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2018, 07:44:32 PM »

Under $900 new transceiver. What would you buy?

Does that $900 budget include a power supply?

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N8FVJ
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« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 04:44:28 AM »

Under $900 new transceiver. What would you buy?

Does that $900 budget include a power supply?

Does not include a power supply.
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« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 04:52:30 AM »

Here are under $900 contenders.

Kenwood TS-480SAT
Yaesu FTDX-1200
Yaesu FT891
Alinco DX-SR9T
Alinco DX-SR8T
Icom IC-7100
Icom IC-718
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K0UA
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« Reply #11 on: December 06, 2018, 08:24:28 AM »

Here are under $900 contenders.

Kenwood TS-480SAT
Yaesu FTDX-1200
Yaesu FT891
Alinco DX-SR9T
Alinco DX-SR8T
Icom IC-7100
Icom IC-718

Some of those a quite a bit under $900 and some are right there. I have an FT891 and it is a pretty cool mobile rig, but I would not want it as my only main rig.  Some on the list are getting very long in the tooth. Some are very low end rigs.  I am telling you come up with another few bucks, and get an 7300, you will not be sorry.  It is head and shoulders above any on the list and miles ahead of some of them.
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« Reply #12 on: December 06, 2018, 01:12:41 PM »

Under $900 new transceiver. What would you buy?

Does that $900 budget include a power supply?

Does not include a power supply.

Does that mean that you already have a power supply -- or do you have to buy one with part of your $900 budget?

A 25-amp power supply --the minimum required to run a typical 100-watt transceiver-- will cost at  least $100. So if you have to buy one, the budget for your radio would be no more (probably less) than $800.

And while we're at it ... does your $900 budget also include paying for an antenna and feed line -- or do you already have those?

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« Reply #13 on: December 06, 2018, 01:32:06 PM »

Here are under $900 contenders.

Kenwood TS-480SAT
Yaesu FTDX-1200
Yaesu FT891
Alinco DX-SR9T
Alinco DX-SR8T
Icom IC-7100
Icom IC-718

You forgot the Yaesu FT450D.  I wouldn't buy an Icom 718, it is missing too much compared most of the other radios on that list.
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« Reply #14 on: December 08, 2018, 08:03:41 AM »

A IC7300 would be my call but at the new price it might be slightly over budget of $900 but lightly used do come up for sale at times right around the $900 price tag, I com also lets you transfer there warranty without any extra charge like some companies. Many times you will see a 3 or less month old 7300 show up for sale cause some hams just like to try everything out in the marketplace so that would be a sweet deal. The FTDX1200 would be just under $900 but its spectrum scope is not real time, a used Kenwood TS590SG do show up for around $900 also but have no idea on there warranty following the radio not the buyer. Between the 590 and the 7300 on the receiver side both of these radio's are far superior to anything new out there and would give you the best Bang for the Buck. If by chance before Xmas Icom runs a sale on the 7300 again that would be just over the $1k mark and they give that $100 mail in rebate which takes about 8 weeks that just might be the way to go.
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