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Amateur (Ham) Radio BS and Callsign Thread!

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by The Traveler, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Feb 13, 2020 at 6:06 PM
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    Cudgel

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    Pic and specs of antennas?
     
  2. Feb 13, 2020 at 6:36 PM
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    Cut 100' of 450 ohm ladder line before the rain came.... on my way to getting back on HF... now 2 66' legs for the dipole and insulators next.
     
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  3. Feb 13, 2020 at 8:27 PM
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    Anyone have an opinion on Icoms HF Rigs?
    I like the specs on the 7610 (base) but I’m lost in the details.
    I have great performance from my Icom mobile rig on 2M so am starting with them as a brand to research.
     
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  4. Feb 14, 2020 at 2:30 AM
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    Icom does have the most widely popular hf rig on the market right now with the 7300. I'd say they're well liked.
     
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  5. Feb 14, 2020 at 3:54 AM
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    Nice. The concept of a dual band on HF, does that make as much sense as it does on mobile? I have always liked dual band, but that means dual price and I’m not sure if its something that makes sense.
    HRO has the 7300 on sale, so frankly could get two for the price of the 7610. Slightly less bandwidth.
     
  6. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:06 AM
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    Honestly, I'd do something like this instead. Keep your radio on whatever freq you want, have this as a stand alone going to the computer. Gives you very wide band panadapter. A friend of mine has his on a switch so when he hits the PTT on the radio it doesn't overload the device.

    https://www.hamradio.com/detail.cfm?pid=H0-015965

    I have the model above it, the RSPdx, just has better filtering and works great past uhf. Can't go wrong with either.

    Bottom line is you'll still get a visual of the band, you'll be able to skip around if you'd like with still having the vfo where you'd like it. The 7300 also has memories and a super easy split function.

    I'd probably suggest getting one 7300 and addressing how you'd like to tailor it to your needs as you go. TO be honest you might find the radio fine as is.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:09 AM
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    And this is what the device provides. From the most recent contest.

    MVIMG_20200209_093056.jpg MVIMG_20200128_204821.jpg
     
  8. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:12 AM
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    i see you pushing the 7300, but what about the 3000 your always trying to get me to buy?
     
  9. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:26 AM
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    This is really good. I agree with the keep it focused approach completely and it is the SDRdual that got me hooked on HF to begin with. I am curious if the “real” transceivers have better filtering and isolation etc, as I am just guessing they should? Perhaps I’m over thinking this...gee there’s a surprise coming from a ham and taco nut.
     
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  10. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:27 AM
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    I think they're both great radios.

    The 7300 has a few things that are noticeably different. It comes with a built in soundcard (digital modes), better waterfall, and the upper pass filter / lower pass filter are individually adjustable by a knob (mine is in a drop down menu, boo) which is very helpful in packed days.

    The ftdx-3000 has better filtering, 3 antenna connections with one as a designated rx on a switch, aside from the U/L pass filter all my daily buttons have their own knobs, my sdr comes directly from an rx port from my radio which is great, multiple pre-amp settings, and has a signal contour that yaesu puts in their rigs which really makes a massive difference when digging out weak signals.

    I

    Apples to apples, it's a soundcard + waterfall vs better reception and tailoring battle, IMO. I knew I was going to end up with an sdr routed to my computer screen and it became an easy choice for me. Cost was a bit more but as far as core equipment I feel my station is solid.


    Overall the ftdx-3000 was the best choice for me and I'd do it again without hesitation. I also hold the 7300 in very high regard

    I just hit post when you posted. Hi hi @Cudgel
     
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  11. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:27 AM
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    I asked specifically about Icoms this morning. Looking at that one too.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:36 AM
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    The XYL :ballchain: may have good reasons to kill me today. If I don’t post up in a few days send in the clowns.
    :spending:
     
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  13. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:40 AM
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  14. Feb 14, 2020 at 4:45 AM
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    @Cudgel we could always try to coordinate something with @foy1der so you could have a side by side comparison, and then HRO would let you test the big boy icom. You could draw your own conclusions of what will meet your needs.

    I have zero affinity towards any brand.
     
  15. Feb 14, 2020 at 7:41 AM
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    My photo program is not playing well with others so I'll try to explain. I made a slid in piece that fits inside the bed rails (1/4 AL bar) it is threaded 1/4 20 the antennas are mounted on AL angle I loosely tighten the angle and slid it and the angle iron/backing plate where I want then tighten the button head stainless screws. They are for the 2/440 and the 220 antenna. The HF antenna is a screwdriver lil tarheel. It is on a ball mount inside of the bed mounted to the rear bulkhead the upper part of the antenna below the load coil is mounted same as the angle then a piece of lexan is mounter to that to stiffen the entire affair assembly. The stinger 56" it waves around a good bit so the lexan mount makes it rocksteddy. The antenna assembly is RF hot so the lexan insulates it from the body work. The nice part of the entire scheme is all of the antennas are inside of the bed.
     
  16. Feb 14, 2020 at 9:17 AM
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    I’m likely going for the FTDX-3000D as well. It’s features are similar but it is newer and well tested.
     
  17. Feb 14, 2020 at 9:36 AM
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    Ive operated/owned Kenwood TS-480HX, operated other Kenwood HF rigs
    Operated Yaesu FT-950, and few of the newer HF rigs
    Operated Flex Radio 6300

    Currently Own HF Elecraft K3, KX3
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    Next Rig will be a Flex Radio FLEX-6600M with Power Genius

    Dont get me started with antennas...
     
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  18. Feb 14, 2020 at 2:03 PM
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    I would agree with everything that @m603holden said. Honestly, modern radios are so good, that it's hard to go wrong. the 7300 and the 3000 are both stellar choices.
     
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  19. Feb 14, 2020 at 5:02 PM
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    I’m still married:
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    :rofl::thumbsup:

    I like the way you function
     
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