[amsat-bb] upgrading from my FT-726R?
nx7u at arrl.net
Sun Oct 1 18:20:28 PDT 2006
I currently have/use the old FT-726R for satellite and weak-signal work. I
have brick amps and mast-mounted preamps for each band.
My question is: I have been considering upgrading to something more
current--the usual list of suspects like the FT-736, IC-821H, IC-910H, or
TS-790A (probably not the IC-970H because of $, but that depends on the
findings from this msg..).
At least according to the various QST reviews, I don't see a lot of
separation in basic RF performance between this whole group of
radios. It's clear that if I want any sort of computer control of the rig
that any of the list would do, and the most recent ones have options like
AF DSP, but purely from an RF perspective...the QST reviews were not much
improved from the FT-726R for any radio. Particularly appalling to me was
the published TX IMD of both the FT-736 and the IC-910H...
So, if computer control isn't a big deal, is there really a compelling
reason to change? Are the reviews flawed/overly pessimistic? The older
radios were pre-phase noise testing, but none of the current rigs seem all
that great in that respect anyway. What am I missing?
Scott Townley NX7U
Gilbert, AZ DM43di
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