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Suggestions for HF rig that operates standalone

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KX4O, Sep 21, 2017.

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  1. KX4O

    KX4O Ham Member QRZ Page

    All,

    I need suggestions for an HF or HF/6m rig that can be tucked away in a rack mount enclosure (with plenty of ventilation provided by the rack).

    Requirements include:
    • Operate entirely by CAT control;
    • No requirement for internal tuner - It will always have an excellent antenna load;
    • Headless operation not required, but perfectly fine;
    • CAT can control band/frequency;
    • CAT can set power level;
    • CAT can set mode;
    • Provide a decent external audio connector to connect with a sound modem device;
    • Be in current production;
    • Be able to transmit for long periods at lower power levels (say under 30 watts) - aka has a good thermal design;
    • Smallish size preferable.

    Thanks for your thoughts.
     
  2. WB2WIK

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  3. SM0XHJ

    SM0XHJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I suppose most modern rigs will meet those requirements, but yes, the Flex rigs immediately come to mind :)
     
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  4. K2WH

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    Yaesu FTdx3000.
     
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  5. N2SUB

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    I'm using both an FTDX3000 and an IC7300 in full remote operation. Most rigs will fit the bill though. Of the 2 I'd recommend the IC7300 simply for cost considerations.
     
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  6. WA7F

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    I'll second the IC-7300 recommendation. I've been using mine on the desk for a year for primarily digital modes but, it get great reports on SSB as well. Setting up my new QTH and want to free up desk space so I'm moving to a rack.
     
  7. K0OKS

    K0OKS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The 7300 will indeed fit that bill very well. For any radio to be mounted like that I would consider extra cooling. If the rack is in a climate controlled room then no problem, but if the ambient temp might exceed 80F I would consider extra cooling as well, given your requirements for long transmissions.
     
  8. KX4O

    KX4O Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks for all the great suggestions everyone.
     

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