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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. K9GLS

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    I call a built in tuner kind of a significant difference. Add a tuner to the 891 and you might as well get a used 7300. It's all about fit. Everyone wants to argue their point ad nauseum. No one can tell you what fits you except you. There are thousands of individual reviews of these radios. This video is just a compiled list of said radios. One might have to do more homework before deciding but we live in a society that wants an instant answer and it better be the answer I agree with. Kudos to Jason for even submitting his videos to this bunch.
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  2. K9GLS

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    It's about the only choice (100w) left in the new market. Why on earth did they do away with the 857d and Kenwood the TS-480sat/hx? 100 watt portable goes to the 891 not because it's the best but because it's the last man standing. Well there is the 7100 that gets my attention more and more.
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  3. AH7I

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    A built in transmatch/tuner with decent range would be a "significant difference". The 7300 matching range 3:1 per Icom is nothing like a proper transmatch. The built in transmatch in the Tentec Eagle is good for 10:1 range. My MFJ 998RT is good for 30:1 range. The MFJ 939 is $170 before discounts and handles a 32:1 range. 73, -bob
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2020
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  4. KD5BVX

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    Edit: removed due to other post being deleted by mod.

    I will say...I am continually disappointed that other hams will be so negative toward others who are trying hard to promote and support the hobby. We won't all agree but there's no need to be rude and 'puke' on other people's posts...
    Last edited: Oct 30, 2020
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  5. W8WJW

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    How about an article for getting a decent used HF rig, and for under $400 too?
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  6. KC5HWB

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    Great idea, someone else brought this up before too. I am doing some research on it.
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  7. KD5BVX

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    Since that is very subjective, probably could focus more on 'best practices for finding and buying a used radio' as far as what to look for, what to be cautious about, how to 'check out' the seller, etc. Good idea, though!
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  8. KC5HWB

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    Agreed, and thanks for the support. Most of what I do is to help new Hams or people who want to become Hams, to learn about the hobby. I hope that those folks who are really new don't come in here much and see the awful way that some Hams treat other Hams. Thankfully that isn't the norm, though.
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  9. K9UR

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    Yes, the 7100 is a solid cw radio. Agree. Only gap that I found is that you can't plug your USB cable directly into it and have the computer key the radio. It passes audio (but not DTR/RTS signals). To do that it takes a separate USB / Serial adapter plugged into the CW straight key jack in the back of the main body of the radio. What I like is that those interfaces can be had on ebay/amazon for $15 or so.

    And also like that i can have the interface AND a paddle plugged in thereby using the internal cw keyer. Once you get over the form factor of a 2 piece unit (not ideal for portable ops with the extra wires and size) the performance is fine business. It also is a shack in the box allowing for 6M, VHF and UHF allmode capabilities.
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  10. K9UR

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    That's the other Joe...W7JOE....but right on ! He is a nice guy...met him a few times.
    Enjoy those low budget, high performance hybrid radios! Great stuff.

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