Shills in Amateur Radio

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  1. KA4DPO

    KA4DPO Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    I just read a review of the FT-5000 on Eham that I believe was a shill job. The reviewer seemed far more interested in promoting the K3 than reviewing the Yaesu radio. If you look at the specs on Sherwoods site the wide spaced dynamic range is within 1 db. That is so close that it requres sensitive test equipment to tell the difference. The specs on both radios are so good that it would be difficult to tell the difference between them in a side by side comparison even under brutal conditions.

    So when I see a rambling diatribe that sounds fishy, by a call that is not listed in the QRZ database, I have to think the writer has an ulterior motive because the performance difference between those two radios is so slim that there is no way this guy could make such grandios assertions of one rig over the other. Gotta be a shill.

    I guess the lesson here is to take Eham reviews with big grain of salt.
     
  2. WA6MHZ

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    I know what the TOP DXers and Contesters in our DX club and around SoCal are using. They all lean towards the K3. The K3 OVER the pricier, fancier and much prettier FTdx5000. Don't know why, but they must know something I don't. I find the K3 very spartan looking and plain. Not much more than a Kenwood TS-570D. So it must be PERFORMANCE. The K3 Kicks A$$! Just wish it was prettier and more WHIZBANG!
     
  3. K7MH

    K7MH XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    That is the popular position to take and for good reason.

    Given the choice, I would grab the FTdx-5000.
    A radio should compel you to use it. It should make you want to turn it on and get on the air. The K3 isn't going to do that for me.
     
  4. N9ZMO

    N9ZMO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I find 'shills' all over the place, not just in Amateur radio. When reading reviews, I usually throw out the "1" and "5" star ratings and consider those in the middle for the most part. Usually, for me, therein lies the best data and reviews.
     
  5. KC2SIZ

    KC2SIZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    There are plenty of shills out there and it's a real problem. I wish there was a filter on eham reviews that would allow me to instantly filter out all reviews from the following people:

    Those who have a relentless "loyalty" to one brand over all others, regardless of the quality of the gear
    Those who think that the newest, shiniest, most expensive gear must always be the best gear
    Those whose recommendations to others are meant to justify their own past purchase decisions
    Those who have no experience with a rig, but will recommend it to other hams simply because it's high on Sherwood's receiver list
    Those who buy a rig and are later disappointed when the rig turns out to do only what the manufacturer said it would do (and not necessarily what the buyer *wished* it would do)

    And I'm sure we could add to this list!
     
  6. K6CPO

    K6CPO Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been a photographer for almost 50 years and your comments sound just like the reviews and comments about new photography equipment I read on the photo forums...
     
  7. N0SYA

    N0SYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    The reviews are great for finding out about chronic ills, if any, that the rig has, and not much more.
     
  8. N6MEJ

    N6MEJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    This one really gets me....here are a few

    • I can't get more than 100 watts out of it, so 2/5 is the best I can rate it.
    • The secret menu really helps. I can push 130 watts now
    • I was going to get one for myself, but after using my buddies once.....
    • It's junk

    Or some such other equally inane comment ....
     
  9. KB9UWU

    KB9UWU Ham Member QRZ Page

    Whew, thanks for the advice!!!
     
  10. N8MSA

    N8MSA Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    There are probably shills on eHam, but the "fanboys" are just as bad - maybe worse.

    For the record, I've had both in the shack at the same time. Both transceivers are excellent. People should try them, to the extent that they can, prior to purchase and ignore eHam (and most other reviews)...
     
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