Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by M3WFO, Dec 5, 2009.
did i mention the ts850?
Pending further notice the FTDX-5000MP looks very hopefull I have a standing order for one. Hope the the final specs show what the hype is saying is true
I have not used enough transceivers to have a serious opinion, but I have spent much of my life listening to HF.I like the Hammarlund SP-600 I have a lot...it kicks on the BCB and lower HF.My Mackay 3031A rigs are spartan but bulletproof and define stable.The rig that always pleases me the most for listening however is my Icom R-8500.Just amazing. I spend most of my time with my Icom 718 now....since it transmits!I laugh that a 100 watt transceiver cost me less than any of my modern non hollow state gear!
I think really good receivers are getting rare.More and more SWL's are buying amateur transceivers for the bang/buck ratio.Drake no longer makes the R8 series(I have a R8A...nice rig, but the audio is too mellow for my taste).The number of offerings that are even slightly affordable is a bit scary on the non existent side.I have often heard amateurs say that the receiver in their transceiver is great, and they don't need a separate receiver.True on the kilobuck stuff....but beating the Mackays below 530khz will take some doing! The preselector and 400hz filter make for a very good lowfer rig.And NDB chasing in USB is a hoot.
I really loved my BC-348R too.First rx with a bfo....it opened new worlds for me over my Zenith trans-oceanic.
My approach is to buy all the various rigs I can. Then I no longer need to worry about which rig is the best because eventually I will have acquired all of them.
Best HF rig ever made
Over the 49 years I have been licensed, my favorites have been:
Viking II and HRO60 at my high school radio club.
I finally have managed to achieve ownership of every rig I have ever REALISTICALLY wanted:
and the Elecraft K3
None of them will ever be for sale.
...and thats the truthththpppt. (tnx Lily Tomlin)
What does anyone suppose the answer to this question would be in say, 25 years from now?
That's what I was doing until I got THE RECEIVER that ended the search. Getting that receiver was a very effective cure for collector-itis. I knew that no matter how much I coveted a certain receiver (SX-115, for example, maybe an SX-101), I'd be disappointed viz a viz THE RECEIVER I already had. It would have been fun to play with a different receiver for the first time -- but it'd be just that, something to play with, all the while knowing that I'd found TRUE LOVE in THE RECEIVER.
I like it THAT MUCH.
well have had lots of high end tube receivers
find can run any kind of simple glow bug transmitter
love high end tube receivers
each is different
had a SP-600 it was the finest BCB dx receiver
but did not like it on cw or ssb
traded it for a NC-183D
a better for ham use receiver
but lets face it
its still a band set, band spread
where the hell am i receiver
the 75A-4, 75S-3, SX-117, SX-115 are great on ham bands
but no general coverage receive
R-388 is good for SWL work but do not like it on cw or ssb
the R-4B with a fist full of rocks is at the top for all around use
R-4C with the Sherwood extras is one hell of a cw dx pile up machine
but no good for rag chew fone work
the 2-A and 2-B are sleepers and yes a few extra rocks
make them great all around receivers
for general coverage use
fall back on
"The Tube Receiver"
my Motorola R-390A
if i had to pick one old tube receiver
it would be the R-390A
( mind there are lots of receivers ive never had the pleasure of using
all receivers listed ive owned or used )
yea sure no product detector and the filters
are either too tight or too wide for SSB work
but on cw i love it
so with a line up of first rate tube receivers
in my shack what have i been using
yes still using the Heathkit GR-81 three tube regen set
must be nuts
" best there is no best "
run what you got
your results may vary
void where prohibited by law
I had a Collins-built R390A and it's great for what it was designed to do and I thought horrible for ham radio work. Not bad for an AMer who sits on one frequency on 75m and doesn't need to tune around, or if you want to tune to a known frequency by just dialing it up. But for tuning around, that receiver would give you tennis elbow.
Got rid of it many years ago, never missed it.
Oldie but goodie radios that glow in the dark, for me, were the 75A4, GPR90, NC-303, SX-101A, SX-115, HQ-170A...been through all of those, kept the 75A4 and still have it.
Ok I think we have a consensus...
Here it is... (The one on the top right)
The best HF rig ever made