Drake or Kenwood?

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  1. KA4ETR

    KA4ETR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been thinking about adding a nice receiver to the shack. Something under a $1000, but still has decent receive capabilities. I'm kind of torn between the Kenwood R-5000 and the Drake R-8. Opinions please? If you'd like to give an opinion on Yaesu & Icom, that's fine. Thanks!
     
  2. KG5UN

    KG5UN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Drake. By a long shot.

     
  3. WB2WIK

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    I'd go with the Drake, too; but depends what you want to do with it, really.

    For me, I love the sound of old analog boat anchor receivers for AM SW BC reception. Fantastic stability isn't required, and if it drifts a bit it really doesn't matter; the "listenability" is very hard to beat. But most of those are terrible for SSB/CW/digital reception; their forte is AM.

    Then, for modes other than AM, most of the modern stuff is much better. The old Drake R-7A is one of the best all-around HF receivers ever, but even if you include a 6 kHz AM filter it still doesn't sound very good on AM. I never had an R-8.
     
  4. KA4DPO

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    You can get a lot of other very competent receivers for under a thousand dollars.
     
  5. N0WYO

    N0WYO Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ditto... You can't go wrong, and you'll never be sorry.
     
  6. KG5UN

    KG5UN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Of all the receivers I have owned, my favorite was a Drake R-4B with the FS-4 frequency synthesizer. Wow.
     
  7. N8YX

    N8YX Ham Member QRZ Page

    What will be your primary use/mode for the receiver? AM/SSB/CW, data modes? SWBCB DXing? Ham band monitoring, ute monitoring or a combination thereof?

    Is computer control a requirement?
     
  8. K2NCC

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    Neither! Buy a Flexradio. You can get a used Flex 1500 for around $500 and put the other $500 into your antenna or other station goodies.

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  9. KB4MNG

    KB4MNG Ham Member QRZ Page

    Very smart! I had not even thought about the flex. No brainer....
     
  10. W6UV

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