Xiegu G90 sdr transceiver unboxing! From ham radio outlet. Check it out!

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  1. AG6QR

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    I have taught several beginner's licensing classes. Sometimes students will ask about range. I tell them that if they ever see a radio with a distance range advertised on the package, under no circumstances should they believe the number or purchase the radio.

    Then I tell the story about hearing an Ohio station (I'm in California) talking to my friend, about 7 miles away. When they finished, I called my nearby friend. He didn't answer, but the Ohio station did, and we had a nice QSO. I later talked to my friend, and he said he had heard my call sign from the Ohio station, but he couldn't hear me. So that evening, on that frequency, my radio was incapable of reaching 7 miles, but capable of reaching over 2000 miles. What range should be advertised on the box of such a radio?
     
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  2. K8XG

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    I have great results with my G90 as the patio portable or field portable radio so far.
     
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  3. KK5R

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    The power connector is available from shops selling radio controlled model planes. Not a problem.
     
  4. KD2LFG

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    Yaesu needs an answer to both the G90 and the ICOM 705.
     
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  5. KD2TTM

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    A 20 Watt 705 would be very attractive to me...
     
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  6. YD4LLNL

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    Very cool ...
     
  7. DL4QB

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    I was thinking about this G90 long time...but serveral reports on the net shows also smaller issues.
    Display, CW tone, RIT. However maybe smaller thinks, but i´m not going anymore with the G90.
    Don´t know why, but would still go with one of the well known TRX, even that i know they are too pricy in general.
    I´m thinking about the Kx3 vs. Icom 705 now. The much bigger waterfall of the 705 would be great and all is in the box include soundcard. Only missing thing is a tuner..on the other side, i´m someone who says: The tuner has to be set to the antenna and not on the end of a coax cable...so i ever use an external tuner, it would not be a problem for me.

    Here in Croatia, we can travel by car and i´m using the Icom 7300 instead the smaller FT891 what i also own. It´s just the comfrot of the menues and easy using setup and an additional waterfall.

    We will see if the first checks will be done after the 705 is available.

    73 from nice nice Croatia / Island KRK de 9A/DL4QB
     
  8. W4CDO

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    I got so dizzy watching the video, I fell out of my chair. How does the radio sit on a vertical workbench without falling on the floor?

    Jerry W4CDO
     
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  9. AC0GT

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    Magnets. It's always magnets.
     
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  10. W9HJ

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    It's a great little radio. I keep one in a "Grab and Go" bag with a 12Ah LiFePO4 battery and 10-80M EFHW antenna. Great for field day. Very capable little radio, especially given the money. I think that my kit, including the battery (which will last over 6 hours at full 20 watts @ 50% duty cycle), antenna, the bag, sling shot, coax, and other goodies was less than $750. About HALF the cost of an IC-705, which only does 5W on battery and doesn't last anywhere near as long. Sure the screen is small, but for portable operation, I find I mainly listen to tune in and not watch the waterfall like I do on my IC-7300 or FTdx-101MP back in the shack.

    They are also coming out with an add on (Xiegu GSOC), which when connected will give you a 7" LCD display, FM mode, automatic voice call as well as preset storage. It'll have WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, and an SD card. With that option, it will become a very viable mobile/shack radio.



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