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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. N1IPU

    N1IPU Ham Member QRZ Page

    I run two 891's One mobile one portable. Great radio for both. For the mobile the front panel is perfect in size and easy to see, once you get the hang of the menus on operation its a breeze. It has a great receiver too. I can say its the best mobile HF rig I have run so far.
    For portable its at the right price point that I won't lose sleep if I mess it up in the field and can do 100 watts if needed.
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  2. KD2MIC

    KD2MIC Ham Member QRZ Page

    At what point did $1000 become "on a budget"?
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  3. AK4BQ

    AK4BQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I agree, opinions are just that, opinions. Lab reports done to what standard? Just buy what you personally like and can afford.
    Myself, I like those $10,000 radios, but can I afford them, nope! So I settle on my preferences in a radio that I can also not only
    afford, but get enjoyment out of the functions of the radio.
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  4. PU2OZT

    PU2OZT Ham Member QRZ Page

    ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑ ↑
    You hardly read a «$1.000 complete station» paper. Half that budget for the transceiver, the other $ spent on antenna(s), analyser, coax, connectors, switches, matching device, dummy load, QRM dephaser, PSU, key/bug, speaker, filters, ferrites, headphones, microphone...
    Ain't strange, a transceiver alone never made a whole station.
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  5. W2TH

    W2TH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Since no designation was made as to the rig being new or used under $1000.00, I would definitely go with a slightly used rig. Get more bang for your buck. I purchase my TS590SG with TXCO installed, all accessories included in new condition for $900.00. I couldn't be happier with the rig.
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  6. AH7I

    AH7I Ham Member QRZ Page

    The first under $1000 radio is $1095. Doh!

    Video is not very helpful for decision making. The actual radios do not appear. There is no side by side comparison. No sample of how they sound or operate. Online videos of individual radios are helpful WRT interface and operation but with differing locations and antennas are not good for comparing performance.

    Something to keep in mind for budgeting is antenna (trans-match if needed), power supply, cables and wires, key or microphone, operating desk, maybe a computer. Even without the computer, it's easy to spend another $250+++. Power supply $125, trans-match $250, key $90, Desk(home built) $200, wire, insulators, cord, and feed line for doublet $160. Add some tools, soldering iron, SWR bridge, noise bridge, $250 +++ more. Want a directional antenna? $ Want to get on 160? $ Want to get on 6 $

    If going by specs, spec wise on Sherwood's site, the only significant difference between 7300 and 891 is the close in dynamic range. Unless you've a ham neighbor or running multiple rigs in close proximity on the same band, is it really worth the extra $ for that? Sensitivity and noise floor specs are essentially the same.

    73, -Bob ah7i
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2020
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  7. KC5HWB

    KC5HWB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Agreed, great point.
  8. KC5HWB

    KC5HWB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Actually I did say that I was talking about new radios that are currently in production (except the FT-450D which was recently discontinued but you can still find them new in some stores until inventory runs out)

    But yes...your point about used gear is spot-on. Lots of the comments I have received have asked me to give my opinion on what a think a good price is on used gear. That is hard to do without seeing the product and knowing what kind of condition it is in. But lots of my radios were purchased used, it is a good market to be aware of.
  9. KC5HWB

    KC5HWB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    And once you mail in the $100 rebate to Icom, what does that leave you with?
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  10. KC5HWB

    KC5HWB Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Agreed, this is a great choice for mobile operation, and a newer design and filtering than the IC-7100

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