19 Feb 2010
Well today I finalized my new mini racking to put into my "Cupboard" shack, and am scouring suppliers to fill it with some long awaited "new" equipment Top of the list is a new radio, my current radio (FT817) needs freeing up for portable/mobile operations in the spring and would really like to install two new radios - however I am torn at the moment as I cannot make my mind up exactly what I want/need - it would be nice to have one good radio for CW/SSB and general casual use (although CW is my preferred mode) - and one other left set up for PSK use, at the same time I'm at least "considering a K3, as I use CW mostly. At the end it will come down to "£'s" and I really need to start thinking seriously as it's not only the radio's - there are other requirements as well to factor in the final spend. For PSK I am going along the lines of FT897 or IC718, both fairly basic radios, I've seen both, and like the look and feel of them and according to all the user reports I've seen represent good all round value. For CW, this is a rather more serious matter for me as I feel the receiver has to be a bit better than average and I'd immediately turn to the K3 (Basic Qrp version) Ft950 maybe, or IC7400, all have very good receivers - again it's about cost - lower down the ladder I do like what the FT450 offers - there's also the Ten-Tec Jupiter - not cheap either. Looking on E-Ham is helping me to finalize my short list - but it's not just radios, I need some other ancillary "bits" too - I think I'm going to have to increase the budget anyway ! I would be interested to get first hand comments about the FT897/IC718 as I know a lot of people use these for PSK and as a second "Back-up" radio. Another few weeks to make mind up perhaps.
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