Hello Amateur Allies,
Site under reconstruction (& outdated pics):
Icom IC-7410, SM-20 (HF); IC-375A, SM-30 (1.25m all-mode); IC-290H (2m all-mode);
Icom IC-92AD (2m/440 D-Star HT).
Tytera MD-380 (70 cm DMR/FM HT).
Kenwood TS-590S, Heil Pro Elite HC6, MC-60A (HF); TH-F6A (2m/200/400 HT).
Tuners: MFJ-969, MFJ-962D, MFJ-949E, LDG IT-100 (Auto).
Yaesu FT-857D (HF/VHF/UHF mobile), Heil Pro Micro Single, Yaesu ATAS-120A Screwdriver, HamSticks.
Yaesu FT-8800R (2m/440 FM crossband); TYT TH-9000 (FM-1.25m).
PSU's: Astron VS-70M Linear, 2 Daiwa SS-330W Switchers, MFJ-4035MV (POS).
Base Antenna Stuff: Comet CX-333, Elk 2m/70cm log periodic, Cushcraft 1.25m 4-element yagi (224WB Boomer), 6m double Bazooka dipole, HF verticals, and other dipoles and 14AWG MTW insulated stranded wire for HF, and, of course, assortment of Baluns, Ununs, and other wire antenna possibilites. Always short on coax, rope, et cetera, Lol. Currently "location challenged" and in dire need of a suitable configuration.
SW: HRD (Ham Radio Deluxe). CW Keying: Ameco Black K1, Ameco Brass K4, Kent Twin Paddle.
I have to say that my breath wasn't initially taken away by DSP, but there are some major convenience perks. There may be operator convenience features and manufacturing issues in favor of digital circuitry in general, but there's nothing quite as alluring (IMHO) as quality analog components and design. Unfortunately, the proliferation of "digital" ASIC circuits in electronic equipment has eroded the quality of requisite analog circuitry in communications equipment, due to the obsoleting of components, the expense of analog transducers and other compromised analog circuitry, by reducing parts counts and costs, and integrating functions, all in the quest for the almighty buck, perceiving the less is more concept in a very short sighted way. But, hey, the good news is, is there good news?, that there are products surfacing that demonstrate some effort towards improvement in this area, with the almighty buck undermining this to some degree, as can most surely be expected. ;-)..
The Icom IC-7410 is one of the budget minded base rigs currently on the market with an adequate feature set, mostly missing auto shut off, a receive only antenna connection, and VR options. The 7410 is suitable for CW or RRTY contesting, full bandwidth Tx audio for low band rag chewing, has an adequate (but not very sexy) display, houses three first IF roofing filters, 3K, 6K, (both optional) and 15K, and (stay with me) handles all the impressive digital data attributes of the Icom IC-7200 through the USB..
I'm currently comfortable with my Kenwood TS-590S transceiver, which also digital through USB, but the HRD setup is a little different, and fyi, the Icom IC-7200 and IC-7410 just hands down do digital mode operations better than the 590, imho. With the Kenwood, you must use data mode in SSB to get the IF BW down to 50 Hz, but the Icom's selectivity in such a narrow IF has the 590 beat. That said, the Kenwood 590 has much better general all around tranceiver flexibility (features) and performance (user experience) than the Icom 7200, but it does cost more and requires more operator attention, but it is worth it, if you like that sort of thing. I recommend the SO-3 TCXO and the VGS-1 VR options to round out the 590, although it's almost another $200, and they should have been standard, not "options" IMHO. In any case, every radio has its picks and pans, irrespective of their price point; cost is just another adjustment into the final analysis. I have the 590S, not the newer 590SG, so I've recently upgraded the 590S to ver 2.0 on the firmware, and 2.01 on the ARCP SW, although not very happy with Kenwood here, as user impression is that these newer radios are subject to release before the designs are actually ready. Obviously, the HW changed for the SG version, and wasn't mature enough on the S version, as none of the added menu items (in the SG version) appear in my firmware upgrade. Yes, I know all the maufacturers haves issues with their designs, it's a tinge of industrial disease...
There is a lot to say about radios of different brands and types, but I only mention a few here. It got to the point where too many HF radios were floating around, so I recently sold the IC-7200, the Icom IC-718, and my trusty old IC-751A. I decided to use the TS-590S as a secondary alternate base rig to the IC-7410, employing the TS-590S for an occasional field op, and, for ssb contesting, the VGS-1 recorder will save my voice !
Some of the SDR's are really cool, but I'm not big on using SW and computers all the time, so I've avoided them. Timing prevented me from trying the Yaesu FT-Dx3000, but looking into it's capability, I'm not sure I would remove the Kenwood or Icom in favor of it. That still leaves current models of Elecraft, Ten-Tec, Flex, Apache Labs, et cetera, to give a go, but let's not go there, Lol.
Also, I am working a Yaesu FT-857D (and sometimes a Heil Pro Micro Single) with an ATAS-120A barefoot for 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, and 6m. It is somewhat ok on all these bands, a pleasant surprise, although I still use the Diamond SG7900A for 2m and 70cm, since the ATAS-120A kind of stinks on VHF and UHF.
For the 1.25m band, I've been using a TYT TH-9000 and back on the Hustler CGT-220 collinear lately. The SF-220 is also a good little 5/8 wave. Also, using cheap Shark & Hustler ham sticks for the HF & 6m bands other than 160m, 30m, and 12m. The ATAS-120A screwdriver antenna was repaired and is currently back in operation, finally !
HT's include a Kenwood TH-F6A 5W tribander with a Diamond SRH-320A antennna, and an Icom IC-92AD with a Diamond SRH-77CA antenna for accessing D-Star DV mode, which is useless to me without my DV dongle access point (DVAP) for the computer, and the downloadable software, but yet another toy to play with lol, essentially a DV mode echolink using RF, and of course, occasional echolink usage on the smartphone or laptop, or even Allstar Link on the laptop when appropriate.
Initially licensed in 1992, I lost my original "tech with code" N2SCL call in 2004 due to an extended period of inactivity from the hobby. I got so wrapped up in life's other stuff, that I actually forgot to renew. After coming back into the hobby as KC2UTV, I converted my General to an Extra, and promptIy applied to the FCC to bring the N2SCL call back to its rightful owner. Luckily, the call was never formally requested and my application was quickly(?) accepted. So much more to say, but then there's the ragchew QSO !!
BTW, Don't forget to check out my girlfriend's bike, Lol. The pic is about 5 years old, so she's not as young as she used to be (we're talking about the bike). ;->..
Catch you down the wire [log]! .... 73.
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