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Author Topic: New HF Transceiver under $900  (Read 5794 times)
N8FVJ
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« Reply #15 on: December 08, 2018, 10:59:22 AM »

Anti up for the IC-7300 is the way to go after so many replies here.
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N6MST
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« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2018, 03:59:48 PM »

Anti up for the IC-7300 is the way to go after so many replies here.

Yep.
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« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2018, 04:36:56 PM »

The IC-7300 after rebate is $969. No brainer. I sold my "higher end" radio and just use the 7300. You won't believe the performance and features for that or any other higher price. Don't even consider the $600, $700, or $800 radios out there. Used 7300's are going for $800-$900.
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« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2018, 06:38:34 PM »

What was your "higher end" radio?
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #19 on: December 11, 2018, 05:03:50 AM »

I remember about 15 years ago 75 meters was wall to wall with signals. It required a transceiver with excellent close in filtering and a notch filter at times to hear comfortably. Now, the 75 meter band is wide open every night. A cheap transceiver works fine.
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« Reply #20 on: December 11, 2018, 07:50:46 AM »

Yes but on weekends and during a contest event that is were the rubber hits the pavement and a better radio will cut it without problem except were you come across and operator which has all knobs to the right and splatters between 5 to 8khz, that any of the best radio's will not clean up what that one station is doing. I have used a 7300 during an SSB contest and CW, except for some small features on the CW side I feel it did more than just fine, rag chew it has great audio even with the stock mic, selectivity and the manual notch is excellent so for just under a Kilobuck its hard to beat.
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« Reply #21 on: December 11, 2018, 11:19:05 AM »

I remember about 15 years ago 75 meters was wall to wall with signals. It required a transceiver with excellent close in filtering and a notch filter at times to hear comfortably. Now, the 75 meter band is wide open every night. A cheap transceiver works fine.

The phone band was much smaller then.
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« Reply #22 on: December 12, 2018, 02:32:43 PM »

Doesn't the TS480 have an artifact in the receive at 43X.XXX due to the unique IF frequency?
If so don't buy one and expect to work SAT's.
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« Reply #23 on: December 12, 2018, 03:46:14 PM »

No, the TS-480 is HF/6m without the 70 cm band. It is a very good rig.

73, Peter - HB9PJT

Doesn't the TS480 have an artifact in the receive at 43X.XXX due to the unique IF frequency?
If so don't buy one and expect to work SAT's.
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« Reply #24 on: December 12, 2018, 11:21:59 PM »

Doesn't the TS480 have an artifact in the receive at 43X.XXX due to the unique IF frequency?
If so don't buy one and expect to work SAT's.
Hi OM,
You are thinking of the Kenwood TS 2000.
73,
Rob
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #25 on: December 13, 2018, 04:42:13 AM »

TS-2000 is discontinued and only a few dealers have stock at over $1900. Frankly, I would rather have a current Yaesu-FT-991A with spectrum scope for about $1189.
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« Reply #26 on: December 13, 2018, 09:10:22 AM »

TS-2000 is discontinued and only a few dealers have stock at over $1900. Frankly, I would rather have a current Yaesu-FT-991A with spectrum scope for about $1189.

I got the FT-991A for a first HF rig, my cons are,
it doesn't do 220 (this is an all band all mode radio)
Waterfall has no gain adjustment (that I have found)
Waterfall display shows phantom signals in the first grid to the right

The biggie is -
Rig control issues via USB (may not be the radio) have not been able to use HRD
(not RF related, good USB cable and chokes on both ends)
(have not tried a powered hub yet) < I read that this may be the cure, any recommendations?
Flakey also with WSJT-X (Have to sacrifice a small animal to get it working)(unstable USB)

On the plus side it is a strong radio I can talk to anyone I hear on a smaller antenna (Cushcraft MA5B @ 50ft)
Great DX contacts on FT8 I get a strong signal to Japan and Hawaii some to Russia from my location.
 
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« Reply #27 on: December 13, 2018, 12:28:01 PM »

In any little radio like the FTDX991A or the Kenwood TS 2000 plus including the past Icom 706GMKII and I am sure there are more I could place on this lists they are all like a Swiss army knife, they cover all the band and do some of the VHF or even UHF yet the one thing they lack is really good HF receiver performance. If all you do is rag chew and don't get involved with chasing that rare DX or even light contesting these rigs are not for you, they are trying to stuff 10 pounds of radio in a 5 pound bag if you catch my drift.
The main reason the 7300 has been soo popular is its receiver performance along with a very good transmitter, easy to use, great display and Icom was smart cause they are coming out with a VHF/UHF plus radio which will be one hell of a above HF rig. The Kenwood TS590SG is Icom's closest competition but I feel the display on the Icom seals most deals.
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #28 on: December 14, 2018, 04:54:08 AM »

TS-2000 is discontinued and only a few dealers have stock at over $1900. Frankly, I would rather have a current Yaesu-FT-991A with spectrum scope for about $1189.

I got the FT-991A for a first HF rig, my cons are,
it doesn't do 220 (this is an all band all mode radio)
Waterfall has no gain adjustment (that I have found)
Waterfall display shows phantom signals in the first grid to the right

The biggie is -
Rig control issues via USB (may not be the radio) have not been able to use HRD
(not RF related, good USB cable and chokes on both ends)
(have not tried a powered hub yet) < I read that this may be the cure, any recommendations?
Flakey also with WSJT-X (Have to sacrifice a small animal to get it working)(unstable USB)

On the plus side it is a strong radio I can talk to anyone I hear on a smaller antenna (Cushcraft MA5B @ 50ft)
Great DX contacts on FT8 I get a strong signal to Japan and Hawaii some to Russia from my location.
 

I do not know any all mode radio that has 220mHz. The band is about dead. My waterfall display has no issues. A bug in your radio?
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N8FVJ
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« Reply #29 on: December 14, 2018, 04:58:47 AM »

In any little radio like the FTDX991A or the Kenwood TS 2000 plus including the past Icom 706GMKII and I am sure there are more I could place on this lists they are all like a Swiss army knife, they cover all the band and do some of the VHF or even UHF yet the one thing they lack is really good HF receiver performance. If all you do is rag chew and don't get involved with chasing that rare DX or even light contesting these rigs are not for you, they are trying to stuff 10 pounds of radio in a 5 pound bag if you catch my drift.
The main reason the 7300 has been soo popular is its receiver performance along with a very good transmitter, easy to use, great display and Icom was smart cause they are coming out with a VHF/UHF plus radio which will be one hell of a above HF rig. The Kenwood TS590SG is Icom's closest competition but I feel the display on the Icom seals most deals.

Contest radio & super weak signal work? I would look at the Kenwood TS-890S. It is more modern radio with a great display vs the dated Kenwood TS-590SG. The TS-590SG will outperform the IC-7300 per QST testing, but.......

Want a high performance HF to 450mHz contest radio? Pay $1K more and get an ICOM IC-7100. It has a +31dB 2kHz 3rd order intercept point per ICOM.
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