You asked, so here are my thoughts.
With a $2K budget for a new rig, you can have a really great system. Don't
forget the cost of optional filters and a power supply.
Now call Stan at TenTec and ask about the used OMNI VI and VI+ deals. They're
throwing in mikes, etc. You will be elated with either an Omni VI Option 3 or
an OMNI VI+. I have both and there's really no difference. By all means, get a
TenTec 961 or 962 power supply. They have the proper protection for your new
rig and its finals. Finally, select the filters you want. You can do it all for
less than $2000.
The Omni VI Opt 3 or + has a front panel that is easy to get used to.
Ergonomically great, in fact. You don't need a manual, but should read the one
TenTec will include.
There is a computer interface that works fine with logging programs.
If you operate CW, there is no finer QSK rig in the world.
This is a rig that you can grow with and that will last for a lifetime.
Let us know whatever your decision is
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> Hello all,
> I have finally saved up some money and I am looking to upgrade from my old
> triton IV... I am considering several right now: FT-950, TS-2000, 746Pro,
> Jupiter... I want to get the "best" radio I can for under 2K... I see TT is
> offering Omni IV factory upgraded to IV pluses for ~$1200... are these worth
> considering?? I have been licenced for about a year, and I am looking for
> something reasonably priced (<2K) that will not give me problems and I can
> for at least 2 years with out wnting more. My current modes of interest are
> SSB, PSK31, and RTTY... I am still learning code, so that will be a future
> I also have the option to hold off a bit longer and up my limit to possibly
> a new OMNI VII...
> I guess I am just looking for some honest opinioins... Where I live hams with
> newer rigs are pretty sparce, and with no stores within reasonable driving
> distance I will be buying blindly... i.e. no desk time in front of ANY of the
> radios I am considering....
> My key requirements are
> 1) PC interface for logging
> 2) Quality... I don't want to keep woking on the radio or having it repaired
> 3) Receive quality.... doen't have to have the best receiver, but don't wnat
> get tired of listening to it.
> 4) Stand up to some contesting. I am not a hard core contester, but I have
> operating during a few contests and enjoyed it.
> Any thoughts?
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