I like the Icom 7410. I upgraded from a Pro III a year ago and am very happy. 2 meters is next to useless around here now, and I have a bunch of radios for that anyway so not having that band on the radio is a moot point.
I also use a Kenwood 480SAT, and while nice, it is no match for the 7410. At about $1,800 I think it is the best value out there.
Just me, but I detest the Yeast Infection (Yeasu) radios. Have had two, both with problems so I won't go there again.
fwiw 73, Bill
You can buy almost any decent radio on the market today that meets your needs but you may find that interfacing it with Ham Radio Deluxe will get you away from the ever popular menus that many radios use today.
Many sub menus on the radios can be placed on the HRD display for easy access by just clicking your mouse on them and sliding to what you want. I can control my filtering, notch, shift, frequency and power out and many other things via HRD and the program is free and does logging to if you want to do that. I have a Yaesu FT-950 but many of the modern radios have the same features and can do the same thing via HRD.
Also of note, I like band scopes but I would rather keep the radio simple and I use the band scope on the HRD program to scan for stations. I have talked to some hams that had had the fancy displays on higher end radios and had them go out on them and they are expensive to replace.
I did not like computers with ham radio either other than logging or looking up a callsign but try looking at HRD on Youtube and I think you may well like it.
As far as power goes most radios are 100 watts. To me any gain you are going to get from the 200 watt radios is a waste of time (and money) considering you can pick up a pretty nice amp like the AL-80 used which will give you adequate power for your needs in most cases.
You also don't say what kind of an antenna you are using or considering. Remember that a good antenna system can be a real asset to the station.
Good luck with your choices and your upgrade.
Last edited by W7KKK; 01-10-2013 at 05:15 PM.
US Army Radio Operator/instructor 1966-72
Thanks for your thoughts. I will check out HRD on youtube. I am running several antennas, 5 element and 3 element 6m, 4 element 10m, Imax 2000 @ 40', VP22 on 6m @ 58'. Also 20, 40 & 80m wires. Beams are at 45-55'. Running LMR400 on all. I hope I don't regret it, but I just got off the phone from ordering a new Yaesu FTDX5000D. Will be my first brand new radio, I have always bought used. Some very used (40 years old). Should be a step up from the Swan ss200-a that is in my #1 spot right now.
When I was first licensed I could have easily spent 5 or 6K on a new rig. But one night, just prior to a local club meeting, I stopped to pick up another ham and we spent a little time in his shack. He had a megabucks rig in his shack and right beside it an old IC-751. I was very curious to see just how quickly and completely the old 751 would be blown away in side by side comparisons.
Let's just say that any chance of my spending 5K or more on a rig evaporated that night.
Roughly a week later I picked up my first ham rig on ebay: an IC-735, which I still frequently use to this day. It set me back about $275 as I recall. Worth every penny!
There are many older radios out there that are actually still top performers. I'd never turn up my nose at a Drake, circa 1980.
Still, I don't think I've ever had a radio as 'productive' as my Ten Tec Omni VI+.
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