Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by M3WFO, Dec 5, 2009.
what is the best HF rig ever made??
The Obvious Answer...
The one you have fun making contacts with.
Go to Sherwood Engineering's site, look up the receiver test data and see.
Exactly,… tho I tend to lean heavily toward the Kenwood line of hybrids.
The first working Marconi homebrew.
the one I just finish making. Sure... it drifts a tad, and maybe has a hint of chirp, but it's still the best.
Anything made by Collins
I am very partial to Kenwood as except for my first rig I have owned only Kenwoods for the past 30 years. I sold my TS-2000 about 6 months ago which I was planning on doing so for now I am running a TS-530S. Right now I am saving up for a TS-480 which will fit into my small shack very well.
So my opinion would be for the Kenwood TS-2000 which covers 160 meters through 70cm (222 MHz excluded) or the TS-2000X which comes with the above plus 1.2 GHz. The rig puts out 100 watts from 160 - 2 meters and 50 watts on 70cm. So that radio is sort of an "All in one" radio since it covers 2 meters and 440 FM and it also has a Packet TNC built into the sub band.
IMHO, considering price, performance and ease of maintenance I think that the Heathkit HW-101 could be considered the best all round transceiver.