[CQ-Contest] Receivers

Kenneth E. Harker kharker at cs.utexas.edu
Thu Dec 16 18:44:07 EST 1999

     The recent discussion here about listening to your own transmit signal 
has gotten me thinking about something.  

     I've been seeing ads for wideband handheld receivers (like the Yaesu 
VR-500) that do like 100 kHz to 1300 MHz CW, AM, LSB, USB, WFM, NFM, etc...
Obviously, with the rubber ducky antenna it comes with, you'll never hear
those 5W wet-noodle-in-attic DX stations.  And even with a good antenna, 
it's likely not the best receiver ever made.  But, you could use one of 
these little receivers as test equipment - listen to to your own signal,
rather than relying upon a monitor.  Plus, if you're into VHF/UHF contesting
as well as HF contesting (like I am) the range is great for checking out 
your UHF radio when nobody else is on the band...

    I'm wondering, does anyone use one of these little receivers?  Is
there one that's clearly best?

Kenneth E. Harker      "Vox Clamantis in Deserto"      kharker at cs.utexas.edu
University of Texas at Austin                  Amateur Radio Callsign: KM5FA
Department of the Computer Sciences         President, UT Amateur Radio Club
Taylor Hall TAY 2.124               Maintainer of the Linux Laptop Home Page
Austin, TX 78712-1188 USA            http://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/kharker/

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