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Re: [Yaesu] Best $600 contest rig

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Subject: Re: [Yaesu] Best $600 contest rig
From: Nate Bargmann <n0nb@networksplus.net>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 22:15:42 -0500
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* John Geiger <johngeig@yahoo.com> [2006 Sep 20 18:44 -0500]:
> I am trying to collect some opinions for an article I
> am looking to write on equipment.  In your opinion,
> what is the best contesting rig for $600 or less? 
> This would be for both CW and SSB contesting.

Found in good repair and setup with the necessary filters, an FT-890 is
a tough value to beat (yeah, I keep beating that drum).  That said, I
don't know how it would perform in a mult-multi situation, but we used
mine in several 'tests years back in a single station environment and
it performed very well for us.  I seem to recall that NJ1V, back when
he lived in the Oklahoma City area, used an FT-1000D for the main rig
and an FT-890 for the spotting/mult rig.

I bought mine in mint condition with the 2.4 kHz crystal SSB filter and
400 Hz crystal CW filter back in '99 for $800 and that included four
Pro-Am mobile whips to boot.

73, de Nate >>

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