Which budget transceiver do you like best?

Discussion in 'Survey Center' started by WW4LS, Dec 4, 2017.


Which budget transceiver do you like best?

  1. Yaesu ft dx 1200

    5 vote(s)
  2. Yaesu ft 991A

    7 vote(s)
  3. Yaesu ft 891

    11 vote(s)
  4. Kenwood 590

    21 vote(s)
  5. Kenwood 480 hx

    1 vote(s)
  6. Icom 7100

    5 vote(s)
  7. Icom 7300

    51 vote(s)
  8. Alinco DX-SR8T

    6 vote(s)
  9. Other post response below

    21 vote(s)
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  1. WW4LS

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    Which budget transceiver do you feel gives the most bang for your buck, best overall performance and be the most reliable?
  2. W7UUU

    W7UUU Super Moderator Lifetime Member 133 Administrator Volunteer Moderator Platinum Subscriber Life Member QRZ Page

    Of the choices given, I'd strongly lean to the IC-7300. It's a pretty decent rig and very intuitive to operate.

    Not my primary rig by a long shot - and that's a very long story as to why - but if I could only have one modern transceiver, the 7300 is the one I would choose. I very much enjoy mine, when I'm not running the SB-101, Omni-VI, TR-7, SB-301/401, HW-9, etc. etc. :)|

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  3. N2SUB

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    I voted for the 7300 because I own one and I agree with Dave, it's an excellent rig. I'm wondering why you do not have the FT-450 on the list. I also own a 450 and it is a very competent rig with plenty of features at half the price.
  4. WW4LS

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    oops forgot that one and that's the one I currently have.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2017
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  5. W6GMT

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    Hard to accept that 1000 is a budget rig. but that the truth today. Elecraft KX2 and KX3 are in that price range and make wonderful rigs.
    if I had to choose one from the list the IC-7300 is a winner.
  6. KB0MLR

    KB0MLR Ham Member QRZ Page

    A $1000 “budget” transceiver.

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  7. VE7PJR

    VE7PJR Ham Member QRZ Page

    I paid $750 for my IC-7200. NOW, I do remember paying that much (in 1977) for my Ten-Tec Triton IV. The 7200 is a vastly better rig -- and 40 years newer! -- than the Ten-Tec.
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  8. KF0G

    KF0G Ham Member QRZ Page

    Used ic-7000. Mine has very little time. I will probably be selling it soon. This is not a sales pitch. There are many for sale ~$700 for a great radio. They seem to go fast. Good luck and 73.
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  9. JL1DCA

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    This Icom model is sure overwhelmingly cost-effective. I used to own one.
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  10. N6RGR

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    Icom IC-7200. I paid $700.00 for a lightly used model three years ago. It is a pretty nice radio. It does most everything pretty well. Nowadays you can pick up a new one for close to that price!!

    Roger N6RGR
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