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Stryker 955 or a Ranger2995

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Gunner357, Sep 4, 2020.

  1. ExitThirteen

    ExitThirteen Grumpy and Cranky

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    Stay away from the junk export radios and get a REAL HF rig. If you plan on getting your ham ticket, don't waste the money on the exports. Just save up an extra couple hundred bucks and get an HF radio that will cover all the bands and do 100W. No brainer.


    ~Cheers~


     
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  2. Gunner357

    Gunner357 KE8PSI

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    in your opinion whats good for an extra 200 more?
     
  3. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    Are you sure? Where’s the Nitro Knobs option?

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  4. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    Have one a them radios still boxed from shipping . . and am almighty intimidated by a 21-page, close-print “cheat sheet”.

    Ha!

    (Let me recommend that there are both written and Utube reviews to allay those anxieties. Or, still another beer).

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  5. Slowmover

    Slowmover Sr. Member

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    A Yaesu ft450d — and Icom-718 —were the ones caught my interest (fit my budget; and could be portable/mobile). The former is being discontinued, so deals on brand-new may show up (better than the good deals already present).

    The latter has also been on sale recently, and is said to be user-intuitive.

    Your approach to what you want is from two directions. Today’s form of ignorance versus tomorrow’s more knowledgeable man.

    Take your time.

    Good luck!

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  6. BJ radionut

    BJ radionut Supporting Member and 6m addict

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    https://swap.qth.com/view_photo.php?counter=1504439

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  7. 543_Dallas

    543_Dallas Sr. Member

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    Older HF rigs can be a bargain. Just remember they are old and expect to have occasional issues. If you can fix it that's great. If you can't you will be spending more money.

    The kenwood ts440 is a good rig but they have issues. I have one that has the dots below 15 meters. The conductive glue was removed from the vco years ago and they're back again. I haven't made time to dig into it.

    The factory 455 filter in the Kenmore really sucks. It limits both rx and tx bandwidth too much to make good AM. I believe it was a 2.4k filter. The 3k filter from a cheap CB radio is an improvement.
     
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  8. w9cll

    w9cll W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Yes it was, there were some differences but generally they were mobiles in a big box
     
  9. Gunner357

    Gunner357 KE8PSI

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    Well I'm looking at the Icoms or the Yeasu I prefer a base style chassis not mobile But Ill take what the best deal gives me at this point....I Really would like the FT3000 Yeasu a friend has it, it is too kool and too much, so today my mission is research Im not buying any exports thanks for the input on that, and I need to get my behind in gear and get the license Ive been slacking on that........do to fixing 2 cb's and 2 Exports and actually after 20 years I fixed the Cobra 148GTL I have since 1998 with the Modulation problem.......... Have patience with me, Im learning a lot
     
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  10. Gunner357

    Gunner357 KE8PSI

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    either going to be a Yeau FT847 or a FT920
     
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  11. Gunner357

    Gunner357 KE8PSI

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    Well guys I followed some your advise..... I just got a FT920 Yeasu...... A friend of mine had one before he got the FT3000 said he loved it so he actually picked it out for me I got a great deal IMO on it $675.00 was $800.00 but he accepted my offer. I will fill ya in, in a few days on it.......
     
  12. L2

    L2 Well-Known Member

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    Good deal.
     
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  13. AudioShockwav

    AudioShockwav Extraterrestrial Admin
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    Correct.
    Every export base is a mobile board with a power supply in a big box.
    And most rangers are based on the same boards that they have been using for years.
    Nothing new for a while.

    73
    Jeff
     
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  14. radioreddz

    radioreddz W9WDX Amateur Radio Club Member

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    Between the two you mentioned I’d get the Stryker 955 but if you’re going to get your amateur ticket I would take a look at the Icom 718 for another choice you can get them for around $600 with the factory rebate.
     
  15. Gunner357

    Gunner357 KE8PSI

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    I went with a FT920 Yeasu guys
     
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