[CQ-Contest] IC-706 vs. FT-857
dx35 at hilding.com
Sun Jan 23 19:03:50 EST 2005
> I'm considering these two radios for portable contesting and backup at
home (or primary if they outperform the 850).
> But the 706 presents a problem with the mics. My Heil won't work with
the 706 (according to Mr. Heil, anyway), and the Heil
> "ic" elements which work with the 706 aren't directly compatible with
the 850. (Too bad the 706 doesn't have the same mic
> input stages as the PROs.)
> If so, how does the 857 stack up to the glowing reports I've heard of
More than "thoughts", Kelly. IMHO, ditch your ICOM plans and get a
TS-480S...the remote display/control unit is worth the price of admission
alone! I've been thrilled with mine & my Heil HC-4 headset plugs directly
into the rig with a simple adaptor cable ... bought everything at HRO...and
it works VFB, OM.
My plans are to get a 2nd one and put the control heads side by side (think
about the minimal eye & hand movement involved)...or even stacked one above
the other when I get the SO2R configuration nightmares resolved.
Only drawbacks thus far: The CW sidetone is kinda suck-o, and the internal
keyer is a bit squirrely (complaints already made about both to Kenwood, of
course :-), but using a computer logger, the latter is a non-issue.
I would have preferred to have the RIT knob on the lower bottom
right...more operator-friendly so you don't have to raise your hand/arm off
the desk. However, with TR I can tune the RIT with with my X-Keys Macros
at my fingertips (or with my X-Keys footpedals).
Get a TS-480S !!!
Hope this helps.
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