Next Rig?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by K1JWJ, Oct 12, 2017.

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  1. K3EY

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    Steve doesn't like the FT450D. Watch his advice steer away to Kenwood or TenTec several times.

    Personally I wouldn't own TT and for the last 20 years had nothing but trouble with Kenwoods
    and in fact just sent another NEW one in for exchange.

    Given my personal experience I wouldn't own anything except Icom or Yeasu but and of course YMMV.

    I never ask others what radio to buy. Like asking what kind of wife I should have.
  2. KB1CKT

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    350', qualifies as long. I have my 135' dipole at 40', give or take (droops a lot in the middle, might have to trim to 130') and it always wins... on 80m. Where the 6BTV is at best -6dB gain (and probably worse due to the radials I used, 50 30' radials on/in the dirt).

    Ever thought of shortening it? Maybe picking 260'. Endfed for 160, but should still load on the rest of the bands. Minimal ground required, but I still think something akin to GND is required. Even on other lengths, probably need some sort of RF ground for this--what do you have?
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  3. WF4W

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    it is grounded to my 6btv's radial field which is about 60 radials so I have that covered. The last thing I want to do is put a remote tuner at the antenna feedpoint. It may improve my transmit by reducing line loss but it won't improve my receive which is what I'm really looking for.
  4. AD5MB

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    hamfest October 21. get there way early, see what's on the tailgate
  5. KB1CKT

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    Gotcha. Well, as long as "quiet" means "SNR improvement" then I think it's good antenna. Maybe not for transmit, but for RX it's a good addition. I need to look into low(er) noise RX antennas, particularly for 80m, if I plan to stick around there this winter. Will probably do a loop, but just haven't gotten around to it yet (no pun intended).
  6. US7IGN

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    I'm certainly surprised that the G5RV/ZS6BKW allows you to have QSO with other continents in ssb. And it seems to me that even a simple tribander will give you much more than the most expensive radio.
    But I would not change 735 to another radio just because it's new. This is a great radio (unless there is a problem with the capacitors) and the difference in price is much greater than the difference in efficiency, even compared with 7300.
  7. W4NNF

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    It's not easy these days, but just a few years back I was working OZ easily with my G5RV Junior and 100 Watts.
  8. KB1CKT

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    I used to work from NH into the UK (and I think farther) using a G5RV on ... 17m! SSB no less.

    Everything works, when everything lines up just right.
  9. US7IGN

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    Ha! It is not difficult to make QSO through a large salt puddle. How many QSO do you have with Eastern Europe?
  10. KB1CKT

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    Been a while since I worked DX. I wound up dropping the G5RV down (after it blew down) and it was never the same again--rotated 90 degree, lowered from 40' to 10', and removed all extra coax. No more 17m, and no more DX.

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