Originally Posted by N5MOA
Well let's put it this way so you can understand number 1 check all current radio reviews and see where it stands on the QST, Sherwood and several in Japan, VK, EU they all show the same. #2 I had my new TS-480HX in my bench on a 5 way Bird 74 coax switch all radios being fed to a Mosley Pro-67C3 10-40m and compare them. A FTDX-5000MP, IC-9100, IC-703 Plus with W4RT duel filter setup and a RFSPACE SDR with the TS-480HX and compare them on various weak signals using SSB and Digital modes mainly RTTY,PSK-31,JT65HF. All RTTY contacts were true FSK all Digital modes using a microHAM microKEYER II for comparison.
As far as receivers the 480HX it did have both filters the SSB and CW was close to the bottom most of the time but in 2 instances it rose above the IC-703 Plus. This was something I do with every new radio I purchase to see if it's better than what I have. The TS-480HX is a great mobile radio as I stated I like it better than my IC-7000 plus another 100w larger buttons and easier for me to see. It was the very best radio for my purpose.
Will it work as a base radio sure it will and make contacts any radio will and you can get away without an amp for while with 200w and a really good antenna the key for working any good DX. It can be purchased for $1025 is what I paid for mine a lot of bang for the buck for a HF/6m radio but in the same price range a FT-950 would be a better choice for a DX radio for the receiver only. I have nothing against the 480 I just stated the facts as I checked them out against other radios ranging from a 703 used for $500 up to a FTDX-5000MP at $6000 for the price a very good deal for a mobile.
73 de Fred N0AZZ
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