What is the WORST rig you've ever had?

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by WF7I, Jul 2, 2002.

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  1. W0BKR

    W0BKR Guest

    KD7KGX writes:

    "Also, despite the Ten-Tec bashing... I've had nothing but good luck with my Omni VI/Opt1 that I bought used (I'm the 3rd owner).  Has a little drift until it warms up, then works FB."

    I haven't read where anyone is "bashing" any one manufacturer, but stating their real life experience with a dog of a performer.  Sounds like that Omni VI for all the dollars you paid isn't so stellar a performer either if you have to contend with drift.  Pretty sad commentary for "buy American (and accept marginal performance)".

    Personally, I had bad experience with the TT Jupiter and will never go back.  Beyond the technical issues, the personal customer service was a real eye opener. If you are a TT supporter and don't want honest user feedback, then don't read any of the posts on here. Hi.

    On to other radios, another I forgot to mention as a poor performer was the IC-720.  I had one.  Switching bands made you jump back with the clackith clack, clack, clack.  What the heck was that?
    A mechanical band switch!  I got rid of it right away.  Found out later, Icom did not stock parts ofr it and finding parts was close to looking for hens teeth.

    Some designs leave me scratching my head.
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (wa5mwh @ July 22 2002,07:08)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">Many years ago, I had a friend (new ham) who purchased a new factory built Eico 753.  He called me later that same day and said he was going to return the radio as everyone he talked to said it sounded horrible. . . . I told them that I was checking out my friends new COLLINS KWM-2 !!  I got GREAT reports good audio etc.  All of his previous reports on audio had been horrible!!!   SO?[​IMG]???  Wad the Eico as bad as many would have you believe?  [​IMG][/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
    Yes, it was.

    The problem for which it won fame (such as it is) was stability.

    It WOULD sit quietly on the bench without falling over, but it would not stay on a frequency. EVER. And it was common to every sample I ever heard about.

    Sort of analog spread spectrum.
  3. KG4KKN

    KG4KKN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yahooo!!!! [​IMG] My piece of blank Yaesu FT8500 finally broke something else, and now I can't talk on ANY band at all! Before, it broke so I couldn't talk on 2 meters on the left VFO, but now it's gone on the right VFO too and it took 70cm transmit with it!

    Does a nice dead carrier now, all bands all modes. Bet Yaesu can put that in the next model as a "feature" or something.

    So, why am I so happy? Because this dead radio means I can justify going shopping for a new one AND I can take this miserable little rig out to the street and, oh, park my car on it or something. Maybe see how well a pickaxe can go through it. Or how well it likes being "washed" in concrete mix. Or see if it sinks or swims in the local lake. Anyone want to bet? Sink or swim? [​IMG]

    What will I get to replace it? Easy. Two radios: Motorola Spectras, one VHF and one UHF. I am tired of cheaply made ham radios that overheat and die for no reason or fall apart under normal use. Tired of bells and whistles that don't work, stupid controls, and excuses. No more. Pity Mot doesn't make ham gear. Maybe if they did, the other brands would shape up and fix little things like intermod rejection, sensitivity, adjacent channel rejection, audio quality, durability, etc.
  4. KC8AFH

    KC8AFH Ham Member QRZ Page

    [​IMG] FT-7100


    I LOVE MY FT-8100 both of them!
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    [​IMG] Yaesu FT-8100,  about as bad as it can get!!
  6. N8QLT

    N8QLT Ham Member QRZ Page

    My worst radio experience is a toss up between my FT-2400 and my FT-5100.

    Both lost the display lights within a year. And now both have also experienced what others have described as the "Yaesu TX Virus:" TX output dwindles to the point where my FT-2400 puts out maybe 20 watts on High, and the FT-5100 can't squeeze out much more than 10 watts on High on 2m, and about 5 watts on 440.

    The buttons on the 5100 are way too small, the fan is inadequate as others have mentioned, and the receive is nothing great. The knobs on the 2400 are cheap plastic with a rickety feel, and the volume control is too touchy- hard to adjust at low levels.

    One bad Yaesu I can chalk up to chance, but two in a row with the same things going wrong just means they're crap.
  7. K4DFH

    K4DFH XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    </span><table border="0" align="center" width="95%" cellpadding="3" cellspacing="1"><tr><td>Quote (W5HTW @ July 04 2002,09:48)</td></tr><tr><td id="QUOTE">While I didn't own it, I borrowed it ... And gave it back rather quickly ... From that experience, and what I have heard from others, the Eico 753 may have been the worst SSB rig ever produced.[/QUOTE]<span id='postcolor'>
    My whole hearted agreement! The first rig I ever owned (ca. 1980) was an Eico 753. It was a cool looking rig... reminiscent of a National. The similarity was appearance only. This rig drifted incessantly. it was not uncommon to be in QSO (CW since I was a Tech) and have my correspondent tell me he was tired of chasing me up and down the band! I got rid of it, billed as a PARTS ONLY rig after I got a post card from Atlanta with a Federal gov't return address advising me that I had a spur 200 KHz out of band that was stronger than my primary emission!
  8. AG9R

    AG9R Ham Member QRZ Page

    HTX-202 Hunk of Plastic Intermod attracting JUNK!!!!
    there I feel Better got my post in for the day LOL
  9. WA6MHZ

    WA6MHZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ive got 2 Eico 753s right now and can't fix either one! When they are cooked, they are WASTED! But they will play again if I invest Countless hours and $$$$. But then, I do that on Heathkits, Swans, Galaxy and Drakes! All old radios are JUNK until they become CLASSICS!!! We hated them, now we can't get enough of them! Sure, they can't compare to a nice Yaesu FT-1000D or Icom IC-7800. We are spoiled by new technology. Imagine what we would do without digital readouts! Or Memories. Imagine having to live with a simple crystal filter instead of DSP or roofing filters. What if there was no IF shift or Automatic Antenna tuners? Remember the days when if you had 5KC (Note: thats Kilocycles, not KiloHERTZ!) calibration, and you had to hope your 100 KC calibrator was close enough to WWV to keep you in band. Remember having to dip the plate current and mess around with little wires to try to neutralze the finals. Or even carefully turn a pot to try to null out the carrier! Remember when you had to have a thing called a Q multiplier to get any hope of CW reception. We are so SO SPOILED today with these new fancy rigs. OH those were the days, trying to work Field Day with a 20 meter dipole up 20 feet in a forest clearing with a HW-32 and a noisy generator nearby. If you got 100 contacts, it was a WONDERFUL Field Day! Guess its a Midlife crisis to want to go back to those days of miserable junk radios, but I just can't get enough of them! Anyone have a Hopelessy broke SB-101 they will let go cheap?
  10. AC5XP

    AC5XP Ham Member QRZ Page

    Worst rigs I ever had?
    Winner: Ten-Tec Paragon. Lots of birdies; noisy synthesizer and digital artifacts. Flimsy build.
    Good second: Yaesu FT-767. Poor IMD prone receiver; CPU goes beserk when slight RF comes back to the rig (where much cheaper rigs did NOT have that problem with the same antenna system)
    Third: SGC SG-2000 Poor receiver without any RF preselection. Receiver has very loud, constant hiss (could have been an incidental defect though).
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