Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N3AWS, Apr 7, 2021.
Us “semi-literate fourth graders” understand you made it quite clear what you ‘wonder’.
Can we please get back to a discussion of the K4? Thanks!
Maybe not everyone, but perhaps most of us have a favorite brand of manufacturer—nothing wrong with that. Right now, the whole industry needs our support.
By the way, Field Day has always been a great time to see and maybe operate some rigs you are considering buying. Let’s hope this year it resumes that tradition.
But who will drag such an expensive transceiver into the field!?!?!
Probably no one this year as very few have shipped apparently. But, in years past, heavy gear has not been an obstacle for some—especially those that like to brag about having the newest and the best!
The life of the rich is different ...
Some will...me? I'll drag out my trusty IC-7200 and FT-857D despite the risk of being considered declasse'.
"Heavy" is what old rigs were.
My first Field Day with a group of kids who were ham friends (all teens), we used gear from the late 50s (Johnson Valiant, Heath Apache, NC-303 and SX-101 for a multiop station) and the gear probably weighed 300 lbs. Not remotely "the best" or "the newest" and when we placed the Valiant on an aluminum folding table, the table collapsed.
Took four of us to drag a "park bench table" that probably weighed at least 300 lbs over to where we wanted to operate and use that instead.
Gatorade hadn't been invented yet, but Cheerios were.
Meh...Im holding out for the K5.
The next solar-cycle, perhaps?