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Radio recommendations


Dale Smith
 

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

By field do you mean battery power?


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On Dec 8, 2019, 12:53 PM, Dale Smith < dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Er a battery you can carry, not a lead acid 😊

Also, do you want 100 watts out from the field or would you do low power from the field and use an amp at home?


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On Dec 8, 2019, 1:15 PM, Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via Groups.Io < louis.giliberto@...> wrote:

By field do you mean battery power?


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On Dec 8, 2019, 12:53 PM, Dale Smith < dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Dan Pflugrath
 

Depends on how portable.  If you have the budget go for the KX3.  Small, light weight, internal battery, 15 watts, tuner etc..  You will find them in backpacks all over the mountain tops.  Need more power at home buy the amplifier to go with it.

 

Probably not the best choice if you plan to mount it in a car with a mobile whip antenna but would still work.

 

73,

Dan KA7GPP

 

 

 

From: snovarc@groups.io [mailto:snovarc@groups.io] On Behalf Of Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via Groups.Io
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By field do you mean battery power?


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-------- Original Message --------
On Dec 8, 2019, 12:53 PM, Dale Smith < dale_smith@...> wrote:

 

All,

 

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

 

Recommendations please.  :) 

73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU



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Robin Amundson
 

I was using my KX3 for both home and field for awhile. At 10-15 watts out one must have patience and low expectations. As the number of modes and complexity of what I wanted to do grew, I added a 7300 and other equipment to home station. KX3 is strictly field now and there is no way I would even think of disconnecting my home station for the field now. I added the KPA100 for some power to the KX3. With Signalink I’ve got rtty and FT8 in the field, along with CW and SSB.  But, I’m not packing to peaks. If I was, it would be strictly my KX3, Bioenno battery, and lightweight wire antenna or AX1.

If you are not packing to peaks and want to do car and picnic table deployment, consider the 7300 for both portable and home station. You get 100 watts out without the PA. I have a great station for packing anywhere i can park the car and run coax off the Tarheel mounted on the roof.

GL and have fun!

73,
Robin, WA7CPA 

On Dec 8, 2019, at 12:53 PM, Dale Smith <dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

On Dec 8, 2019, at 12:53 PM, Dale Smith <dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year. I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands. I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please. :)
what modes are you expecting to use? digital modes like FT8, psk31, Olivia? CW? SSB voice? Do you want FM on 10m?

What sort of antenna arrangements are you planning on using? The key issue here is whether you care about a built-in antenna tuner or not.

And when you speak of use in the field, is that picnic table in the park sort of field, or Summits on the Air field?

I see others have recommended the Elecraft KX3. I own one, and although I bought it to use in the field it’s so darn nice I use it as my main radio at home. I love mine.

I have also played briefly with an Icom 7300 and that’s a very fine radio as well, and surprisingly compact.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!


Paul Butzi (W7PFB)
 

A really good way to get a feel for various radios is to do a shack visit with a ham who uses that radio.

Another good way is to join a mailing list on groups.io for that radio.

The Elecraft KX3 has a fairly active list on groups.io.

-p W7PFB
73, Don’t forget to smile and have fun!

On Dec 8, 2019, at 12:53 PM, Dale Smith <dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Robin Amundson
 

Also there are lots of good YouTube videos showing various radios. Good ones on 7300 and KX3 z


Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Adding to what others said, I recommend the 7300 as a great starter base radio. However I wouldn't really consider it a portable. Rack mounted in a go box or tailgating yes. If you want to carry it off the beaten path to the beach or take traveling to a hotel with you while on vacation there are better choices.


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-------- Original Message --------
On Dec 8, 2019, 12:53 PM, Dale Smith < dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW)
 

Sorry for replying in multiple emails as thoughts come to me.

The xiegu g90 is good if you want to run off battery or a small power supply. It's 20watts out so helps if you are doing SSB. I wouldn't count on too much SSB with a 10 watt rig until prop improves.

If you want 100 watts in a small box look at the Yaesu options. There are also icom and yaesu rigs that are only available used. The 7100 is also an option but the head is always remote.


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-------- Original Message --------
On Dec 8, 2019, 12:53 PM, Dale Smith < dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU


Robin Amundson
 

Agree with Lou. 7300 is a good picnic table or Field Day radio. When I upgrade my home transceiver, I will likely start favoring the 7300 for portable and leave the PA at home. Can’t think of a radio that beats KX3 or its kin for SOTA.



Dale Smith
 

I mean being able to use in the field on inverter or genny.
Regards,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU

On December 8, 2019 at 1:15 PM "Lou Giliberto (KD7HCW) via Groups.Io" <louis.giliberto@...> wrote:

By field do you mean battery power?


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-------- Original Message --------
On Dec 8, 2019, 12:53 PM, Dale Smith < dale_smith@...> wrote:

All,

I am trying to sort out what type of rig to buy next year.  I expect to use 10/20/40/80M bands.  I am looking for a solid rig without a lot of fancy bells and whistles I can use at home or in the field.

Recommendations please.  :) 
73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith
KJ7GHU

 


Dale Smith
 

Thank you for all the great recommendations.  I'm going to keep it simple and have a dipole mounted at home and a dipole when I am out in the field. I am now leaning to the Yeasu.

73,

Dale Smith
Phone: +01-425-686-9304
http://www.linkedin.com/in/dalegsmith

KJ7GHU

On December 8, 2019 at 4:31 PM Robin Amundson <wa7cpa@...> wrote:

Agree with Lou. 7300 is a good picnic table or Field Day radio. When I upgrade my home transceiver, I will likely start favoring the 7300 for portable and leave the PA at home. Can’t think of a radio that beats KX3 or its kin for SOTA.