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Drake TR-7 Overview

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  1. K0PIR

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    How the Drake TR-7 and Icom 7300 Changed Amateur Radio
    The Drake TR-7 and Icom 7300 changed Amateur Radio when they came out.
    TR-7 – Considered the first commercially available solid state HF Amateur radio on the market. 100% solid state circuits. No tubes, no tuning required and a digital display!
    IC-7300 – Considered by many the first entry level SDR transceiver with knobs. Includes a touchscreen LCD and real time spectrum scope where we see activity on the band!

    73,
    Rich, K0PIR
     
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  2. KM1H

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    The TR-7 is much better looking and is worth more today as a complete package than a used 7300.

    Carl
     
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  3. K3XR

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    Have a TR-7A with many of the accessories and just picked up the keyer. Very nice radio.
    "TR-7 – Considered the first commercially available solid state HF Amateur radio on the market. 100% solid-state circuits. No tubes, no tuning required and a digital display!"
    Did not take time to do the research but was wondering how close Ten Tec came to making that claim?
     
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  4. K0PIR

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    Yeah, I don't know. There was Swan too back in the late 70's. This Ham (WB4HFN) has a great TR-7 page.

    73!
     
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  5. K3XR

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    Ron, WB4HFN has done work for me on both my TR-7A and TR-4cw/rit.
    Found his work to be excellent and his prices fair. His site is very informative. If you are not aware there is a Drake net on Sunday afternoons on 7.238 1600 EST Ron frequently is the net control or otherwise checks into the net.
     
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  6. KM1H

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    I never had a TR-7 but did have a TR-6 for several years. Drake was a great company.

    I did have a National NCX-5 MK2 with VX-501 Remote VFO, and AC and mobile PS. Built 6 and 2M transverters into an AC supply cabinet with a blank panel I bought super cheap cuz I worked there 1963-69:D The rest was on loan and I had to give it back:rolleyes:...it was mostly run mobile as I had a CE-100V and a highly modified 75A4 as the main rig along with a NCL-2000 prototype that cost $20:eek:. Still have and use all 3.

    The 100V and A4 got parked for several years as they were no longer contest competitive and a pair of Drake C lines did fine until they became non competitive and were replaced by my first own HF transceiver, a used TS-930 in 1985 or so and another in 87 which morphed into a TS-940 and 930, then a pair of 940's and finally a TS-950SD and one of those 940's. Im seriously thinking about a single TS-890 as that is more than enough these days.

    Carl
    Ham since 1955
     
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  7. W7UUU

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    I have both - love both - use both.

    Great radios!! Just different in so many ways

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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