Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by JR1AQN, Aug 29, 2020.
Great! Thank you!
Currently Kenwood TS-120V and Elecraft K1. Have a TS-130V in need of serious repair. Will probably remove the cw filters from that rig and put them in the TS-120V. See photo qrzcq.
Had HW-8, TenTec 509
JA QRP Club
Rig is Icom 725. Why? Price and my Icom 720a went toes up for the 2nd time for the same unavailable IC chip and no one could/would repair it again. Went to Icom for nearly 6 weeks the first time. The 720 was the better radio though.
With the 725 I work SSB only now. With the 720 I did RTTY and CW.
Bands: depends on propagation. I probably spend more time on 40. I do like 17 when there is activity. When i have the equipment 2 meter SSB is my overall favorite.
Next rig: Icom IC-706mkiig or Yeasu equivalent,
Can't afford anything right now.
2. Why? Two transceive antenna connectors. Receive antenna connector. DRV output. Less dependence on menus than some others. NO bandscope. No internal battery. Have had good luck with Kenwood radios. Good performance on a crowded band.
3. Favorite mode - CW
4. No immediate plans for a new rig, but maybe a solid state, 500W amplifier.
Yaesu FT757GXII ,
A couple Hermes Lite 2 networked SDR transceivers.
Got the Yaesu in way back in 1990, forgot why.
The mcHF is a nice small package good for portable ops (SOTA, etc.). It was relatively inexpensive compared to other solutions that include a waterfall and other DSP features.
I acquired the Hermes Lite 2 radios so I could try writing my own SDR code (apps for iPhone, iPad, Raspberry Pi, and macOS) and operate remotely.
CW and ft8, in whatever bands my wire antenna's can receive and radiate a bit.
Might build a Hardrock 50 linear app for when using the QRP rigs at the QTH.
Yaesu FT-60 for 70 cm repeaters.
Icom IC-R7000 - scanning and monitoring.
Racal RA1795 - monitoring and "snooping"
Watkins-Johnson 521A1 -- 21.4 MHz sdu and IF demodulator.