Thanks so much for all those ideas. I would love the Eagle I am sure. On the
other end of the spectrum, the Century 21 is a good one. In the middle, the
K2 would be nice. I will be pondering these.
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From: "Rick - DJ0IP / NJ0IP" <Rick@DJ0IP.de>
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Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 2:01 PM
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Best HF Travel Rig
> If you are a CW operator, I certainly agree with Jim.
> If you work more SSB, one weakness of the Elecraft K2 is that it did not
> have passband tuning.
> Otherwise it is an outstanding radio.
> On the used market, one of my favorite radios is the Yaesu FT-900 AT.
> Like the Eagle, it does not have any software menus.
> It is my backup radio for my Eagle.
> Another good radio in this price class is the Icom IC-735.
> The TS-480 is also a nice portable radio.
> Of course if you don't mind spending $2K, the very BEST radio is the
> Unfortunately built-in power supplies seem to be a thing of the past.
> Now that we using switching power supplies, it is probably a good idea to
> keep them a bit separated from the radio anyway.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com]
> On Behalf Of Jim Brown
> Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 6:57 PM
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: [TenTec] Best HF Travel Rig
> On 2/13/2012 9:01 AM, Joe wrote:
>> I am just wondering if several people might like to suggest a good rig to
> take along.
> An Elecraft K2 with the 100W amp and tuner would be an excellent choice.
> With the introduction of the K3 several years ago, a lot of K2s have
> been coming on the market used. The K2 was (and still is) sold as a
> modular kit that the buyer builds. The bare bones K2 is CW only, 15
> watts, 80-10 M. There's a 160M board, an SSB board, an audio filter
> board, a 100 W power amp, and tuners for both the 15w and 100W rig. It
> runs on 12VDC. There are now lots of low cost, compact DC power supplies
> around (about $100). I run my 12V rigs from a big deep discharge battery
> that I bought at Costco for about $75, and trickle charge it with a
> small regulated 12V supply that regulates to 14.1VDC.
> A second great choice would be the newly announced Elecraft KX3, which
> is due to ship in a few months. 10-15 watts barefoot, about the size of
> a VHF talkie, 160M to 6M, cost about $875. They've also announced a
> 100w amp and tuners for both power levels. I've held a pre-production
> unit in my hand, and it's a REAL cute little rig.
> The specs and performance of these two Elecraft rigs are in a class with
> late model Omnis, but not at the level of the Orion. A HUGE notch down
> are the little Yaesu QRP rigs, and the other low cost 100W rice boxes.
> You can, of course, use any of these rigs with an outboard tuner and/or
> 73, Jim K9YC
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