Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KK6REN, Apr 12, 2015.
Seems kind of cool. Multi mode. Let me know what you think!
I'd apply the asking price of the QUAD 5 towards the purchase of a MF/HF transceiver.
It has more capacity then the offering from Top Gun and can grow with you.
A used IC-718 or something along those lines will work better.
Granted the 718 doesn't have FM but you are not allowed FM with the Technician ticket anyway. You're also not allowed AM.
Both CW and SSB are available for your use on 10 meters. You can even run Data on 10. You are limited to 200 watts no matter where you operate in the HF bands.
You have the capability to operate CW on 80, 40 and 15 meters as well. Use of a computer decoder can sometimes make for good communications.
If you can get another Technician interested then you can operate keyboard to keyboard. Otherwise the received station would need to send with a good quality timing as well as a good strength signal.
You also have the capacity to upgrade to General or Amateur Extra in the future. Then you'd have much more capability. If that equates to more enjoyment is up to the individual.
Have I tried the Top Gun?
Amplified mic and 'echo' = CB radio = junk = please buy a real ham radio which DO NOT have amplified mics, echo, reverb and all that other ridiculous 11m crap.
I wouldn't be quite as nasty about it - but the Top Gun is channelized, like a CB rig. That's not what you want in a ham rig, not at all. On SSB, most ham rigs use continuous tuning VFO's, not channels.
And yes, the $400 could be much better spent on an IC-718, which retails new for $600, and you can no doubt find them used for somewhat less than that. Ten meters is really only open in the daytime, and recently, it's been pretty sucky, to boot. In the winter when the sunspots are high, it will open for worldwide communications, BUT, when the sunspots are not so high, ten may be almost dead all the time. There is short skip, called Eskip, that peaks in the summer and mid-winter, and it's very unpredictable. It can be a lot of fun, but if you're going to spend the dough, get a rig that you can use to listen on the other HF bands at night and during sunspot minima, even if you don't transmit there.
FT450D has everything the IC718 is lacking for about $700. The Alinco DX-SR8T is $450 brand new.
The top gun has a freq. counter along with channels. I never understood the point of that. Galaxy does it with many of their rigs.
That's because their target market is CB operators.
Gee,............ TWO "CB" type radio threads by the same person
This new ham probably was not born with the knowledge that certain '10 meter' radios are, and have been for decades, been aimed at CB operators that are going to have them modified to operate out of band.
For KK6REN, here is a kind of 'must read' article about the issue.
Also, welcome to ham radio and QRZ
Probably plays "Highway to the Danger Zone" as a "Rodger Beep."
Nicknamed radios aren't very common in the Amateur Radio Service.