Well I'm a new time Ham and have TT gear and just recently started using some
Collins S Line equipment. I have operated many sophisticated rigs from the
land of the rising Yen and even used the new computer controlled rig. I find
I can work faster, easier and more effectively with my Delta II and OMNI C
than I can with the new rigs. I can hear a strong signal I dont need a
digital display of the spectrum to tell me the bands are busy. And I sit in
front of a computer 8 hours a day at work, I don't need one at home that
pretends to be a radio. But if you really want to hear a clean receiver that
hears as good as a TT then go to someones shack who has Collins or Drake or
Hallicrafters tube gear and just sit and operate. I don't care who makes it,
transistors and DSP still sound like crap. Just my two cents.....
> > As on oldtime ham who can remember the era of tube-based equipment, I
> > appreciate
> > that the Omni VI+ *doesn't* have so many of the bells and whistles.
> > Besides, I
> > like having most, if not all, of the controls right on the front panel.
> > The
> > menus in the IC-706 really bother me, thus that rig gets used mostly on
> > 6m and
> > 2m SSB. While I can appreciate the capabilities of fine,
> > top-of-the-line rigs
> > like the FT-1000D and MP, their front panels are just riddled with
> > controls, many
> > of which most hams don't ever use.
> > 73 de Jim - AD6CW
> Jim, I think that most of us hams that have been around a few years can
> back to that one certain rig that brought us so much joy. We kick
> ourselves in
> the pants for getting rid of it. (Done that a few times). All of those
> were ones that were great and did not have all the bells and whistles.
> My triton 544 was one of the finest rigs I ever used on cw. My corsair
> was also
> a great rig. I also let a few Argosy's go too. All of them didn't have
> 300 functions on them. I have a few 2 meter rice boxes that have so
> many features
> that I have to dig my manual out ever time I need to program them. One
> so many features that I can't even remember all of them or would ever
> need to use
> them either. Where is a good yeasu memorizer when you need it?
> Maybe I'm a dinosaur but give me a great cw rig that easy to use
> and has super qsk with great rx that has great filtering.
> Looking at the pix in QST for the newer jap rigs, I think I would have
> to go
> through a cram course in school to use them. The buttons are so
> numerous and
> small that they have to abbreviate most of them. I can't imagine ever
> to use that many functions. Just makes me feel like there is alot more
> in them that could go wrong in the future.
> Combine the Corsair with the Omni 5 and I would buy 3 of them.
> Also make it easy to work on like all Ten Tec's.....no surface mount
> Steve Narducci
> Amateur Radio Station - W9SN
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