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Author Topic: Apartment HF Rig and Power Supply Recommendations  (Read 950 times)
F8WBD
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« Reply #15 on: July 14, 2019, 07:20:55 AM »

I have a FT-857D which I use more frequently recently. Have rediscovered how much I like it. Small footprint but large tuning dial very helpful. Built in good DSP makes filter redundant. Proper rf/af adjustment improves snr. Yaesu must be doing something right as it is still in production.  Not a bad choice.
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K6AER
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« Reply #16 on: July 14, 2019, 08:19:30 AM »

Everyone is avoiding the elephant in the living room on this post. What is the antenna going to be? Radio internal antenna tuners only cover a range of 3:1. That’s 17 to 150ohms. The quickest way to have some leave the hobby is to have poor communication results. In an apartment their noise level is going to be very high. More information about the apartment and site location is needed. Along with is a outside antenna permitted.
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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2019, 05:28:46 AM »

If you can afford the Kenwood TS-590SG, it is far superior to a FT-450D.
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K0UA
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2019, 08:30:27 AM »

If you can afford the Kenwood TS-590SG, it is far superior to a FT-450D.

Yes, it is.  And if you laid two brand new rigs side by side and said "James, you can have one of those" and they were the 590 and the 7300, I would take the 7300. EVEN though I have TWO of them now.  I will NEVER own another "BLIND" rig again. If it doesn't have a spectrum/waterfall in it, well lets just say, you get "spoiled" pretty quick. Some people call them "fish finders" and that is fine by me.  They let you find the fish. This swimming around the band doing the Stevie Wonder thing is for the birds or old curmudgeons. Give me modern technology any old day. Stevie can have the 590. Smiley

Elephant in the room.  YEP.  Antenna is the MOST important part of the Amateur station setup, not the rig. You are gonna work a lot more stations with a $100 dollar radio and a $9000 dollar antenna than a $9000 dollar radio and a $100 antenna.  For the most part.
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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2019, 12:40:25 PM »

James, perhaps you might have heard me comment about 'fish finder' before.....
If not, here's a quick recap.
I was in Tokyo when the 756PRO was announced. Bought one, even the Yen/$ exchange rate was good that week.
I was used to using my Icom 745 and 761. Excellent radios even today, but my radio brand of choice at that time, was my Drakes,
(I still have 22, sick, I agree!)

When I mentioned how 'awesome seeing' the signals was, I got a LOT of heat from the old Ten Tec guys. "Stupid radio with a TV", "fish finder", blah, blah...…..
Later when TT came out with the Orion and it's 'scope', the TT guys suddenly said: "state of the art", "best thing since sliced bread", etc.

I don't have two 7300s like you, I only have one. To it's left is my '2 digit' 7610 and to the right is a new TS-890S.

Which radio ALWAYS gets turned on first? The 7300. It's that good.

I also have the German FA-AS Automatic Antenna Switch mounted on the 7300 (perfect match). When I switch bands, it switches antennas automatically. Why this accessory hasn't become a huge hit is beyond me. But, I do have some inside info this might be subject to change......

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ron
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If you're not the lead sled dog, the view never changes......
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« Reply #20 on: July 16, 2019, 01:03:23 PM »

James, perhaps you might have heard me comment about 'fish finder' before.....
If not, here's a quick recap.
I was in Tokyo when the 756PRO was announced. Bought one, even the Yen/$ exchange rate was good that week.
I was used to using my Icom 745 and 761. Excellent radios even today, but my radio brand of choice at that time, was my Drakes,
(I still have 22, sick, I agree!)

When I mentioned how 'awesome seeing' the signals was, I got a LOT of heat from the old Ten Tec guys. "Stupid radio with a TV", "fish finder", blah, blah...…..
Later when TT came out with the Orion and it's 'scope', the TT guys suddenly said: "state of the art", "best thing since sliced bread", etc.

I don't have two 7300s like you, I only have one. To it's left is my '2 digit' 7610 and to the right is a new TS-890S.

Which radio ALWAYS gets turned on first? The 7300. It's that good.

I also have the German FA-AS Automatic Antenna Switch mounted on the 7300 (perfect match). When I switch bands, it switches antennas automatically. Why this accessory hasn't become a huge hit is beyond me. But, I do have some inside info this might be subject to change......

73

ron
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Yeah, they are "fish finders", "bells and Whistles", and "bling", until your favorite brand comes out with one and then they are great...

I still have the two 7300's, but a friend dropped off his 7610 a few weeks ago, and I am enjoying the heck out of it.  It is a superior CW rig for pileups for sure with the two receivers, and SSB too when trying to "tail end" a pileup. But for everyday use,  Yeah, your going to have to get up pretty early in the morning to find much more value for your dollar than a 7300. It tickles me to see some of the used gear and the prices people want for it in the classified section.  When 7300's have been down to $899 and will be soon again.  it kinda stomps a hole in the used market for sure.  It is good though in many ways.  Even if a new ham can't afford a 7300, the downward pressure it puts on good used gear could be helpful to him.  756 pro III's aren't worth any more than $600 tops. I have seen people ask more, but they are just fooling themselves.  But who knows maybe some "fish" will come along, Smiley
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73  James K0UA
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« Reply #21 on: July 17, 2019, 10:35:39 AM »

Keep in mind that Zachary needs to move the radio in/out of storage.  Therefore, he should have a radio not more than a few pounds, self-contained power supply and antenna tuner.  One piece, no external stuff with interconnect cabling.

Quick and easy set-up seems to be a goal.
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WA8NVW
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« Reply #22 on: August 12, 2019, 02:22:33 PM »

The voltage maxima areas occur near the end of the (random length of) antenna wire AND at each multiple of 1/2 wave looking back toward the tuner.  The Vmax points shift, depending on what band you are using at the moment.  With 10M being relatively dead right now, that might not matter to you today, but it's every 16 feet starting from the far end.

WA8NVW daffy-nition:  A "dead band" is when where everybody is listening for a DX signal but nobody is calling CQ.
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