I've got an original, upgraded to the ADSP2 standard by the factory. Quirky describes this radio well. I like it though.
I use it for SSB operation and I find it to be just fine for field use. It's reasonable power consumption and reasonable size/weight make it a very good portable radio. I can carry the SG-2020, a 12 amp-hour battery, an LDG autotuner and my Buddipole and its just under 20 lbs and you can be on the air in 15 minutes w/out rushing.
The finals. Yea, they rate the radio for 20 watts. I tested mine into a dummy load using CW and got more than double that. I've dialed the output back to 20 to save the finals as they do not recommend overdriving. I suspect that if you operate SSB, the full power setting is probably just fine.
I find 20 watts works just fine, their signal processing system seems to get the signal out.
One you master the few simple front panel commands, the radio is remarkably easy to use.
This is the radio you take when lightweight or limited space requires it, but you are not backpacking. This is the HF I would install in my solar powered cabin in the woods. Enough power to get out there, low draw so you can listen often, does not take up much desk space. What's not to like?
Not many commercial rigs today draw so little power on receive, the mobile all band rigs draw 1.5 amps or more on receive - that's lots of power when you have to buy it by the square foot!
I'd buy an SG-2000 but they have a minimum order of 10 radios right now. i guess they make 'em special order.
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