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    Just got my Technician license. Now im looking for a radio. Looking to spend around $1k. What i want is a good radio that can do it all. HF, VHF UHF

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    I think it would depend on what you are looking to do with your rig. personally, i would suggest a VHF/UHF radio, and get a list of your local repeaters. that way you can use your license while you get setup for HF operating.

    my first radio was a Kenwood TS430S (HF) that i fixed up. i was disappointed with the lack of people talking. now i have a 2M HT, and through repeaters, i get chatter from all around the state.

    Now, if only the FCC would issue me a callsign, so i can operate...

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    The icom 7100 or Yaesu FT991A and FT857 spring to mind as a “shack in a box”.

    The 857 is the most versatile, as you can take it out and about and also use it portable.

    There are also quite a few FT897s out there on the second hand market, as people trade up to the radios with colour displays, etc.

    Kind regards,



    Phi

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    What do you think about the Kenwood TS-2000. I just saw one go for $800 on ebay..

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    FM, SSB, CW, data? The mode choice impacts greatly. As does your antenna possibilities? Horizontal beam for 2 and 70 means you need SSB, no horizontal antenna possible means USB could be a waste. Lower than 2 metres means antenna space is pretty critical. My own thoughts are that if you can't get a decent HF antenna up, then HF (and 6m) is probably a bit pointless as your possibilities are less. My HF radio sits on the shelf unused because my antenna is poor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KN4DWJ View Post
    What do you think about the Kenwood TS-2000. I just saw one go for $800 on ebay..
    I’m not familiar with Kenwoods, so very rarely mention them.

    Eham is a good place for reviews, and you can read comments on the TS-2000 here:-

    http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/1249

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    Phil

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    Kenwood was my first ham HF radio - a TS-530, and back then they were Trio-Kenwood, because Kenwood was a food mixer brand! Since then, I've moved away from icom as a ham/commercial radio brand towards Kenwood, and now have more Kenwoods in stick than any other brand.

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    The Icom IC-7100 would be my choice.....I have the IC-7300 and IC-7600 and the IC-7100 and the 7100 is a nice radio!
    Good luck what ever you get!!!!!

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    I have 4 of the Icom 7100's. One in each of my vehicles and one in my "go box". Great all purpose radio.

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    While they might exist, I looked at cost and didn't notice any that covered 160 meters through 70cm. Most hams I know locally have a 2 or 3 bander that covers 2m, 220MHZ, and 70cm. For HF I have an Alinco DXsr8 for 160m through 10meters. So that means I don't have 6 meters. The GigaHz bands definately require separate radios for those freqs.

    But with sunspots dropping, higher freqs can be unusable as maximum usable frequency drops; however, there have been openings on higher freqs recently.
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