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Tue Jun 11, 2019, 08:52 AM

Poll: If money were no object, what World Band radio would you buy, current, or classic?

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OK, money is some object. I'm not prepared to drop $13k on an Icom R-9700, but within sane limits what do you think is the best quality radio out there?

If there is something not on the list, let me know, and why.
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Tecsun PL880
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Sangean ATS-909X
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Eton NGWSATB
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Panasonic RF-B65
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Sony ICF-2001/2010
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Sony ICF-SW77
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Grundig Satellit 750
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Grundig Satellit 650
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SDRPlay Software Defined Radio
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Other: Please explain
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Reply Poll: If money were no object, what World Band radio would you buy, current, or classic? (Original post)
Currentsitguy Tuesday OP
Butchie_T Tuesday #1
D26-15 Tuesday #3
fools_gold Tuesday #2
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la_tech Tuesday #5

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:21 AM

1. Yaesu FT DX 9000MP

Because it goes to FREAKIN 11!!!!!!!!!!!! But the cost is way WAY too dang high.


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Response to Butchie_T (Reply #1)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 10:37 AM

3. That is the 9000D you have pictured there... but the cost is still way too high.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 09:46 AM

2. I haven't studied them lately

as I'm not really in the market for one. I have a Yaesu FTDX-3000 that provides general coverage here at the shack, and two ICOM-7200s I use for field work that also do general coverage. Probably a compromise compared to a purpose designed and built SW receiver, but should work well enough for me, especially on my long wire antennas.

Also here on the desk is my old Grundig Yacht Boy 400 World Receiver that I have had forever. I don't even remember when I bought it, probably around Y2K. I just turned it on. Still works! I think I'll keep it.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 11:17 AM

4. I noticed you listed the Tecsun PL- 880

I bought the PL- 660 as it was getting better reviews than the 880 at the time.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Jun 11, 2019, 04:51 PM

5. I had a Icom pro3 that had been opened up

keyword had ... Lightning. while being on loan at that. While insurance was replacement value it wasnt enough and pro3 parts arent available. I was a very sad puppy but I used it to pay off other things.

Of course I havent had a serious look at radios in a few years. Right now its like going to a strip club. Why look when you cant touch or have.

I just dont want to get back into things without having the equipment I want. That being said .. there will come a day. I renewed my license 2 years without having touched a radio in the previous 4. Thats an entire different story of Field Day '12 though that I finally said enough.

And yes I understand you were talking about a receiver only, but remember in this hobby you generally get what you pay for. Good equipment costs $$$$ The transmitter I want is around 5K. Amp around 8K. good coax around 1K and various digital goodies another 2K. I still have my 6 band hexbeam for 40/20/17/15/10/6 which worked marvels I thought. 180/60 I used antennas made out of horsefence material and they were extremely broadbanded.

Nobody needs it to receive or talk for that matter. most of my 6M contacts was a simple dipole with soldered RG6 I made myself in the start with an 857D transmitter. I have also homebrewed digital interfaces and once built a tube amp. Once I got a hold of that pro3 and its numerous filters and learned how to use them. Notch filters are a handy thing! As far as an amp goes it would go mostly unused but when I want to , damn it, I just want to flip the switch and not have to spend 30 seconds tuning it or forgetting its on and swap a band and hear it sputter because hey moron you bandswapped.

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