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Author Topic: What would you recommend??  (Read 1139 times)
KD9MRX
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« on: March 23, 2019, 02:25:57 PM »

Good Day hams,
Passed my test March 9, 2019 and still waiting on the FCC, anywho in anticipation of passing the test I purchased an Icom 735 and it appears to be in excellent shape also came into a 60' 3 leg tower. Today I received an unexpected windfall and well I think I will purchase a new
transceiver, Power Supply (if needed) Linear Amp and what ever else is needed within reason, so what brand do I purchase Yaesu, Kenwood, Icom or???
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2019, 03:15:50 PM »

You'll probably get a variety of answers on that one because people have their own preferences. I personally like Icom, but that doesn't mean a whole lot.

My suggestion would be that you save your money for a while. Get your Icom 735 on the air and get some experience. Next I suggest getting the tower put up with a rotor and a 3 element 10/15/20 meter Yagi antenna. That's likely to drain you bank account a little but a good antenna will get you a lot more than a new radio and a linear amplifier. After some time (a year or so) gain some experience, gather information from other hams, and be better able to make a decision on which radio you would personally prefer, based on what bands, modes, and activities you like to participate in. When it comes time to consider a new radio, if you can, I suggest going to a dealer like HRO where you can actually see, touch, feel, and operate various radios before you put down your dollars.
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2019, 04:43:29 PM »

If you like Icom, you can't go wrong with the IC7300.  I have two of them.
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73  James K0UA
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« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2019, 06:04:05 PM »

My suggestion would be that you save your money for a while. Get your Icom 735 on the air and get some experience.

This is sound advice. 

I'm back on the air since February 2018 with my old Kenwood TS-440SAT, mostly CW.  Initially, I wanted to go out and get a new rig right away, but I didn't.  I'm closing in on what I want, based on what I enjoy doing and how I operate and what features I need to make operation better/more enjoyable.  Get some wire in the air and get on the air.  After a few months of operation, you will learn what you enjoy most about the hobby and what you need.

73, John N5CM   
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W9IQ
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« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2019, 06:08:08 PM »

If you like Icom, you can't go wrong with the IC7300.  I have two of them.

James,

It was great to meet you today. Thanks for participating in the forum. Ironically, I won a 7300 in the drawing today. I am looking forward to getting it on the air.

- Glenn W9IQ
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- Glenn W9IQ

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« Reply #5 on: March 23, 2019, 08:07:37 PM »

If you like Icom, you can't go wrong with the IC7300.  I have two of them.

James,

It was great to meet you today. Thanks for participating in the forum. Ironically, I won a 7300 in the drawing today. I am looking forward to getting it on the air.

- Glenn W9IQ

Yes Glenn it was great meeting you too. I really enjoyed your forum discussion. Congratulations on winning the 7300, they are great rigs. Just remember you don't need any pre-amp below 30 mhz and back off on the RF gain control if you need to, and you will never see the dreaded "OVF" lamp that so many complain about.  The rig has a very sensitive receiver.  If you need any assistance or tips and tricks don't hesitate to contact me. For instance most people don't know you can have a full screen spectrum display and waterfall if you use N1MM+ software. And on top of that, telnet spots will appear above the spectrum display and you can click on them with your computers mouse and the rig will go there.  There are a couple of tricks to setting it up.

73  James K0UA
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73  James K0UA
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« Reply #6 on: March 23, 2019, 09:03:49 PM »

Jim:

Congratulations!  Which test did you pass?

As stated here, the Icom IC-7300 is a very good HF radio to start with.  Easy to learn, performs well, compact yet easily accessed controls.  Does digital modes, including the current king of the hill, FT8, very well with its built-in sound card and TCXO mater oscillator (your IC-735 has neither and won't do FT8 without a lot of extra work).  Reasonable price/good value.

And most of my equipment is Yaesu/Kenwood!

Now its time to start considering an antenna...

Brian - K6BRN
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« Reply #7 on: March 23, 2019, 09:08:23 PM »

Glenn:

Congratulations on winning the IC-7300.  They are fun to use.  Sounds like K0UA has some good info on how to leverage the radios capabilities.

Brian - K6BRN
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« Reply #8 on: March 24, 2019, 06:43:22 AM »

HF thru 6 meters- ICOM IC-7300
HF thru 440mHz- Yaesu FT-991A
Ameritron AL-80B is by far the best amp for about 1KW out PEP.
Lower cost amp- Ameritron AL811 with upgraded 3x 572B tubes for about 800 watts PEP out. The AL-811H with four 572B tubes does not make more power (a waste of one 572B tube).
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« Reply #9 on: March 24, 2019, 11:22:11 AM »

I have been a ham for 65 years and have owned various equipment.  I agree 100 % with AA4PB suggestions.  As a new ham you cannot really forecast which features you will ultimately want.  If your 735 works, get it on the air ASAP and investigate which properties are important to you.  For example are you a serious CW op.  If so many low or even medium cost radios do just not cut it for several reasons.  What roofing filters do you want or need.  Do you have significant noise problems ?  If so some receivers have good DSP features and can sometimes, but not always reduce man made or atmospheric noise.  Some receivers are small, and you need to go into menu's to change various parameters.  Not bad, but just not what some operators with big fat fingers want.  Will you mostly rag chew, or chase DX.  Many of us like our spectrum display and some folks like the display right on the radio, but others use outboard displays.  I would erect an antenna on your 60 foot tower first.  Just one option is something like a 2 or 3 element tri-band Yagi for 20 through 10 meters. Only 20 will be very useful for a few years.  Then you can hang inverted V's off the tower for 40 and/or 80 meters.  After one to three years you will have an good idea what you really need or want.  Perhaps it will be bigger or better antennas, a high end transceiver (few consider this necessary) or a $1000 fancy CW key.  In a year or so visit other hams and/or Ham Radio Outlet, or a ham convention and actually try various transceivers.  Also in a year or two there may be even better equipment selections available.  You mentioned the 3 Japanese transceivers, but also at least consider the Elecraft K3S.  Lots of good features, but quite expensive by the time you load it up with options.  I bought mine about 2 years ago after much research.  Not sure you would need or use all the features, and the front panel is not large, but I was able to adjust with my fat 78 year old fingers and was able to set it up in the menus.  I do think that many or most hams can find very satisfactory transceivers for less than about $1500 dollars.
          Rick  KL7CW
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PA1ZP
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« Reply #10 on: March 24, 2019, 12:17:39 PM »

Hi

I go with AA4BP
Congrats on passing the exam, and consider the choises of antennas.
Good antennas on the Icom IC735 will beat every other TRX with less good antennas.
Investing in an antenna handbook and knowledge in propagation would be a smarter investment now.

73 and much fun on the bands and with your new licence.

Jos
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AC7CW
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« Reply #11 on: March 24, 2019, 12:57:33 PM »

You'll probably get a variety of answers on that one because people have their own preferences. I personally like Icom, but that doesn't mean a whole lot.

My suggestion would be that you save your money for a while. Get your Icom 735 on the air and get some experience. Next I suggest getting the tower put up with a rotor and a 3 element 10/15/20 meter Yagi antenna.

I knew a ham some years ago that had exactly that setup: he was placing pretty high in all the DX contests.

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« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2019, 12:48:56 AM »


J1MG -An Icom IC-735 in original working specification is a very good rig, the only problem I had was the sliders getting a bit "scratchy" when moved some contact cleaner cautiously used, solved the problems.

A very sensitive receiver still capable by today's standards and nice clean finals.
 My favorite shack rigs are my Icom IC-761 and IC-765 that were the flagship rigs around the same time as the IC-735 and they are no slouches, any of them.

Analog rigs can sound very nice without digital artifacts, that why so many still keep and use quality older rigs.

I am in complete agreement with the other posters suggesting spending your money on good antenna's as even an IC 7850 will get nowhere without same.
No-one will ever say your antenna is only as good as your rig, its all in the antenna!

Congratulations on your new license and welcome!
Ross.
 
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