Will be upgrading to General in the next month or so looking to get my first HF rig, have it down to the Icom IC-718 or the Alinco DX77T have done much research on both was looking for some input from fellow hams..Thanks..
If you must buy new, go for the Icom.
However for the same cost, if you buy used gear you'll get a lot more "rig for the money."
My Dad said, "Never buy a depreciating asset."
He was right.
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We have an alinco DX77T in our club station, it works, but the Icom IC-718 is much better.
The IC-718 is a really great started rig. I bought mine new, but if I was able to do it again, I would get a used rig with more bells and whistles then the IC-718 has. Dont get me wrong, I really like the IC-718, I have many great reports from it and plenty of DX. But I am now looking for a rig with more "extra goodies" on it....ala filters, fm mode, etc. In any case, you cant go wrong with the Icom 718.....
I have the IC-718. It's not a FlexRadio SDR-1000 but it's still a nice radio.
I would recomend a yaesu ft-857d, for $50-100 more you get dsp, and all mode operation hf-6m, 2m,70cm, built in keyer, from a most bang for your buck standpoint it's very hard to beat, and you don't find yourself wishing you had the cash to get a ssb capable vhf/uhf rig a few months down the road. simple logic, shell out an extra 50-100 bucks now for brand new, or 300+ (used) later to get the all mode capability on vhf/uhf, then again, add a dsp unit to the 718 or 77t and your looking at more $ than the 857 with less flexibility... and if the small display size is an issue it works quite nicely via hrd with every feature and option just a mouse click away.
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I scored my IC-718 on FleaBay for $500 (excluding shipping).
I have the Yaesu ft-857 and it is S-W-E-E-T! I use it as a Mobile and it can do a LOT! my preference has always been Yaesu.... but then again, I like the best...
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Thanks for the input and help guys..
I do work quite a few guys on 6, 2, and 432 from Michigan during VHF contests, so I know they are there. With a decent location and antennas, you ought to be able to work a lot of folks to your east on those bands.
I have not used the 718 myself, but those that have them tend to love them. The same is true of the Ft-857, and the ICOM IC-706. I might have a hard time choosing between the 857 and the 706 if they are comparably priced. I recently bought an IC-7000, and am bery happy with it, but it's a lot higher priced. You can find 706's used in good shape.
There is a wealth of used gear out there, and if you buy from a reputable dealer, you shouldn't get burned. I would not hesitate to buy a used rig from Amateur Electronic Supply because I know how well they test the gear before they accept it for tradeins. They have a 718 for sale for $440 right now. They have an older IC-751 for $500. I had a 751 for many years, and it was truly a top-of-line rig when it was new - it's a competition grade radio. In my opinion the 751 might be a better deal here. They also have several 706 Mk II G's.
If you have any interest in CW at all, check out the used gear offerings from Ten Tec.
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