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View Poll Results: Which radio is best for a base station and also best for it's price?

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  • TS-480SAT

    7 36.84%
  • TS-570S

    2 10.53%
  • TS-570S(G)

    10 52.63%
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Thread: HF/6m Base Station

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  1. #1

    Default HF/6m Base Station

    Hello from K2CLH! I posted a thread asking what HF/6m base station is best under $1200. I have narrowed it to the three on the poll. I would also like you to reply please and tell me the difference between the S and S(G) version.

    73 thanks,
    K2CLH

  2. #2
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    http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/hamhf/1570.html

    Note: The earlier non-"G" models Kenwood TS-570D Kenwood TS-570S are similar, but without the 3 added DSP CW filters
    So it sounds like if you want the added CW filtering, the SG is the way to go.

    I haven't used the 480SAT, but I have used the 570S for several years as a Field Day rig on 20, 40 and 15 meters phone. No complaints

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    I have the TS 570S and have used it many times on 6 meters. I bought this rig used two years ago for $650. I will sell it when I buy my new TS 590S. All around great radio. I have made decent 6 meter contacts using my 17 meter rotatable dipole (Without a tuner).

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    Ok thanks! I couldn't find any reference to the difference but now I see. I don't use CW so it doesn't matter so I think the S would be fine!

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    I have the `570SG. I`ve had it since new and there is one problem I`ve found. It has a noisey front end,even with no antenna connected. Lots of "white noise". The dealer I bought it from agrees with this. I do like the dsp,it`s very effective. The antenna tuner is fine as well. Very user friendly quick memories are handy as well as other front panel controls. The digital filters are great also.

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    You can find a used low band VHF Mortorola Maxtrac or even a CDM750 for a lot less,
    They run 60W, 16 programmable frequencies and a terriffic reciever !
    A lot better than using an HF all mode rig that has 6M FM added as an afterthought
    You will probably have a dedicated vertical antenna for 6M FM anyway, an "allband " HF dipole will not work well for 6M FM use !!!
    73.....JD, FISTS #3853,cc 455,SKCC # 1395,tribune #12,
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    Just from my experiences with HF plus VHF and beyond rigs (IC-746, 706 series, FT-847, etc), the 100W 6M sections do very well with FM...and have SSB capability, something a Maxtrac won't be able to do, and IMHO is where the real fun on six happens

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    Since the question did not give suitable multiple answers I write here in this post:
    For HF I have a Swan350 and a Alinco DX-70 TH of late I have been using the DX-70 since doing some preventive maintenance on the Swan 350, I like Six Meter and Ten Meter HF mostly sideband for DXing.
    The Alinco is near a Icom 706 without VHF/UHF and the Alinco is all mode.
    Allan=kb5doh # # #May God Bless You and Yours #73.

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    None of the above! Your best bet would be a Yaesu FT-847 HF-VHF/UHF + satellite rig ever built still one of the best VHF weak signal radios I use mine for SSB/Digital/EME my main HF/6m rig is a FTDX5000MP unmatched.
    Last edited by N0AZZ; 10-26-2011 at 12:48 PM.
    73 de Fred N0AZZ

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    I dumped Kenwood a long time ago.

    I use an Icom IC-746PRO base and an ICOM IC 706 MKIIG mobile.

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