HR2.0 - Best HF Ham Radio Under $1000 - 6 Best HF Transceivers 2020

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by KC5HWB, Oct 29, 2020.

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  1. KC5HWB

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    What is the Best HF Radio for under $1000 for the new Ham Radio Operator in 2020? This list of 6 transceivers that I would recommend to new Ham Radio Operators who are on a budget. Comments welcome!

    All Radios:

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  2. NQ6M

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    For under $600 (with rebates) the little FT891 has the best receiver and DSP of the lot (including the 7300). If you work primarily CW and SSB
    and don't mind the menu system and small form factor it's a hard radio to beat!
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2020
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  3. K9GLS

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    According to Sherwood Engineering the 891 isn't even close to the 7300. The 7300 is ranked 20th and I stopped counting at 70 before I found the 891 way down below that. For the lower information crowd not even close on Eham... For a couple hundred more dollars buy a 7300 on the used market and be a lot happier.
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  4. KA8VNG

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    I saw a ICOM 7300 the other day for $200.00 , only hit by lightning once .... ..
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  5. NQ6M

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    Performance in the Lab is one thing, I base my comments on my usage- I own both and compare them often. The tools in the 891 do a much better job in pulling signals out of the mud and removing noise than the 7300. The 7300 "sounds" better because it's
    a bigger radio with a bigger speaker, and it looks better.... But when I need to dig signals out of the muck- the 891's receiver kicks it's a$$. Doesn't matter what Sherwood says lol...
    W5ZZ, OZ1RE, N5MNX and 19 others like this.
  6. KB9SUP

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    I have the Icom IC-718 and it is outstanding for my very casual operating style. But I must say, I do love reading reviews, and I am thinking about trading in the 718 to get the tiny Yaesu FT-891 which was being discussed above. This is because of the triple conversion receiver -- I was an SWL for years and still mostly listen which gives me pleasure without much effort while I cruise the web reading political articles, and because my simple end-fed LNR 66 foot antenna up just 10-12 feet does just fine. I have actually worked Europe, Japan, S America etc with that modest antenna and the Icom 718 is great - just use the controls well just as the RIT, the DSP, NR noise reduction, ATT and COM -- so I had to break down and read the instruction manual. The 891 appeals to me because a newer design, the great receiver, less desk space. Also the 891 has a USB port and while that doesn't float my boat right at the moment, it is there -- and I would not buy a new radio today without that if for no other reason than resale value - -as a retired computer specialist this seems like work to me so I shun it, but we can divide all radios now according to have or have-not at minimum USB and some computer control abilities.
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  7. K7CB

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    Here's what I also don't like about these videos - they're just opinions and subjective. I don't really need to watch a video of someone telling me their opinion on what they think are the best radios. For me - it's going to come down to what I like when I buy a radio...what works best for me.
    WB2YMU, N5MNX, KZ4TN and 23 others like this.
  8. AF5CC

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    The Alinco DX-SR8T doesn't do 6 meters, only 160-10m.

    73 John AF5CC
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  9. KP4CZ

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    Icom 7300 no doubt about it, great receiver, excellent audio with nice Eq & HM-219 microphone, easy to navigate and awesome price either new or used. SDR Radio is small but Awesome Quality. 73's
    KD5BVX, KG4BFR, KC5HWB and 1 other person like this.
  10. N4AFK

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    I have both the IC-7300 and the FT-891, and I like both. I think they're both great. For the price, the 7300 packs a lot into an "entry level" radio. I like the form factor of the 891 when I set up in a field environment. At a bit over 4 pounds it's not exactly lightweight, but you can fit it in a backpack. It would have been nice if it had a USB soundcard instead of just for control, but still a good part of a field kit (pack your RigBlaster/SignalLink, etc.). For a couple more pounds in weight, you could go with the IC-7100 as a shack in a box solution (all band, all mode, HF+6, VHF, UHF, D-STAR).
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