Radio Wavz New RW705 Portable Antenna Kit

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  1. W5JDX

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    In this AmateurLogic Short, Emmett Hohensee, W0QH from Radio Wavz discusses the new RW705 Portable Antenna Kit. A unique multiband antenna designed for the Icom IC-705/AH-705.
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  2. GW6CZE

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    About £100 in the UK rather a tad overpriced for some wire .I presume the wire has kevlar inside like the military stuff, but still rather pricey.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2021
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  3. N1IPU

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    It's silly what some will buy.
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  4. NU4R

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    And, only $130.00...


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  5. WN1MB

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    129 (!) US$ @ HRO.

    When you spend $1,300 for the IC-705 transceiver, $360 for the IC-AH-705 antenna tuner, $175 for the IC-LC-172 backpack, and $135 for the PV705TC tactical carry cage, you just can't hook up any old wire as an antenna for that SOTA/POTA/NPOTA/IOTA/LHOTA/BOTA activation. "Any old wire" would simply be uncouth.
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  6. KI4POT

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    My KX2 w/AT, wire antenna (that covers 40-10), Sony earbud/mic, and a capacitive touch key all fit in a Lowepro CS40 case that fits nicely in a daypack along with a backpacking chair, food, water, and other sundries. Even at full Elecraft prices (I bought mine used at well below full price), all that cost less than the 705 and the antenna (not even including the tuner or armor).

    Granted, with the 705 you get VHF and DStar, but the antenna in question doesn't support that, so we're back to KX2 levels of functionality.

    That said, I'm happy we have the option. When I got into radio 15 years ago, our only choices for portable QRP was the Icom 703 and Yaesu FT-817 (I think Elecraft was just getting to the market with their CW rig). Now we have choices from Yaesu, Icom, Elecraft, and a whole host of cottage industry options. Some cost more than others, but it gives us options we didn't have before. The market will deal with the less optimum choices.

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  7. WN1MB

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    Wes Hayward would strongly disagree.
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  8. G6YIQ

    G6YIQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Then you cannot afford another $130 for a length of wire.
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  9. KI4POT

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    I was referring to commercially available radios, not homebrew rigs. But you knew that and chose to exercise your pedantry muscle instead. ;)

    Besides, not everyone has the ability, free time, or patience to homebrew a radio from scratch. I know the closest I'm likely to get is building a kit like a Rockmite or QCX Mini.

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  10. W6KKO

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    N U T S !
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