what is the best HF rig ever made??

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by M3WFO, Dec 5, 2009.

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  1. N0SYA

    N0SYA Ham Member QRZ Page

    did i mention the ts850?
  2. N0AZZ

    N0AZZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    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:confused:
  3. KI4WCA

    KI4WCA Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
  4. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
  5. W8IXY

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    Best HF rig ever made

    OK...my OPINIONS.

    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:

    Viking Valiant
    Heathkit DX100B
    Hammarlund HQ180A
    Hammarlund HQ145A
    Kenwood R5000
    and the Elecraft K3

    None of them will ever be for sale.

    ...and thats the truthththpppt. (tnx Lily Tomlin)

    Ted W8IXY
  6. KA4DPO

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    What does anyone suppose the answer to this question would be in say, 25 years from now?:)
  7. W1GUH

    W1GUH Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.

  8. W8ZNX

    W8ZNX Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Receiver

    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
    ever had
    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

    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  9. WB2WIK

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    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.:p

    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.:)
  10. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ok I think we have a consensus...

    Here it is... (The one on the top right)

    The best HF rig ever made :p

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