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2RT307 07-17-2013 08:15 PM

Thanks everyone for their input! I do like the big display on the Icom, but figure a new Yaesu with DSP now included is probably the smarter buy. I had not thought about the DCS tones, and that is certainly a major consideration for 2 meter and 440 repeaters. This stuff is pretty new to me, so I really appreciate the advice from you guys that have already done it!

73,
RT307

KD4UPL 07-20-2013 07:25 PM

If you get an all in one rig you're limited to one frequency at a time. That might be fine for you, might not. With a separate dual band radio and an HF rig you can work HF while also monitoring 2m or 70cm. Also, with a dual band radio that includes cross-band repeat capabilities you can have that option if you ever need it. The all in one rigs won't do that. If you ever want to run APRS you would be glad you had the second separate rig.

w9cll 07-20-2013 08:04 PM

Just for information the 706 does have a DSP option, I have it in mine.

2RT307 07-21-2013 06:59 AM

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Originally Posted by KD4UPL (Post 435197)
If you get an all in one rig you're limited to one frequency at a time. That might be fine for you, might not. With a separate dual band radio and an HF rig you can work HF while also monitoring 2m or 70cm. Also, with a dual band radio that includes cross-band repeat capabilities you can have that option if you ever need it. The all in one rigs won't do that. If you ever want to run APRS you would be glad you had the second separate rig.

Just when I think I've got it figured out, you go and throw some logical ideas in there! Great points, and more to think about.

73,
RT307

2RT307 07-21-2013 07:05 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by w9cll (Post 435204)
Just for information the 706 does have a DSP option, I have it in mine.

Good to know, thanks. Not sure if the receiver is close to being the same, but I have ran a 718 with DSP in the truck. It sure didn't handle the ignition noise well at all. NB was basically useless.

I still like the large display of the 706 better than the Yaesu. One of the club members has a 857D mounted in his mobile, so I'm going to check that out soon. I guess I could go super geek and run HRD on a laptop in the mobile. :laugh:

73,
RT307

w9cll 07-21-2013 09:37 AM

DSP does little for ignition noise, that you need to combat on a different level. Have a look here.

2RT307 07-28-2013 09:29 AM

Looking further into the club member's setup, he has a Yaesu FT-857D remote mounted, and an Ameritron controller for his Tarheel multi band screwdriver antenna. Shows to run 80-6 meters, and then he has a separate Comet dual band antenna.

BTW, I passed Tech yesterday. Didn't study for General, took the test anyway, and didn't pass. I really wasn't expecting to, but hoped I might get lucky with the right pool. Now to study for General!

73,
RT307

TonyV225 07-28-2013 12:07 PM

FT-857 all the way as a matter of fact Im outta town and have and 856D sitting right next to me that I been using as a portable outstanding trouble free radio its a true little workhorse ;) Also the 706 had issues the number 1 issue is the getting egg frying hot. There are other issues aswell I have friends that had the icom 706 amd the base icom 746 allband radios which also had issues and after they messed around with my FT-857 and FT-897 rigs they sold the icoms and got the yaesu models above to replace them. ;)


Also the Yaesu FT-857 is the smallest all band / HF rig in production so there easy to tuck away to mount or work with or around.


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