[VHFcontesting] 847 comments

Ray J ray at w9ray.org
Sun Mar 18 02:36:22 EST 2007


At our TCRA field day site over the last few years we have operated with 
various radios, including  a ft-920,  ft-847's and  regular IC-746's and 
the 847's always seemed to be next to useless on any open bands and 
received bad interference from other on site transmitters on other bands 
... while the 920 and the 746 were usable, they were not super by any 
means... the ft-1000d and the ft1000mp has been by far the best radio we 
have had the pleasure to operate on at field day..with the 1000d beating 
the mp..

Ray J

W9RAY
en44gt
160m-13cm
www.w9ray.org



John Santillo wrote:
> I'm surprised to see so many complaints about the 847.  During a VHF contest
> a few years back we had to replace a 746pro with an 847 because the front
> end of the 746 couldn't take the strong 6M signals from another nearby
> contest group.  Once the 847 was in-line our de-sense problem went away.
> 
> 73,
> 
> John
> N2HMM
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Ed Parish K1EP" <k1ep at mgef.org>
> To: <aa4zz at aol.com>; <n5ten at yahoo.com>; <jarritt at vt.edu>;
> <vhfcontesting at contesting.com>
> Sent: Friday, March 16, 2007 16:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] 847 comments
> 
> 
>> At 3/16/2007 12:10 PM, aa4zz at aol.com wrote:
>>> Bill W4GRW put the INRAD filter in his 847 and it made it a much better
> radio as far as stong signal performance is concerned.
>>
>> I put the Collins filter in mine.  I still sold the radio at the first
> opportunity I had.  Unless you were into satellites, I didn't feel that the
> radio was anywhere near contest grade.   It lacked things like VOX and an
> SWR meter.  Close in performance was lousy.  My memory is not that great,
> but I didn't think that the Collins filter helped much.  Inrad might and
> probably was better.
>>
>>> 73 Paul AA4ZZ
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: n5ten at yahoo.com
>>> To: jarritt at vt.edu; vhfcontesting at contesting.com
>>> Sent: Fri, 16 Mar 2007 9:56 AM
>>> Subject: Re: [VHFcontesting] 847 comments
>>>
>>>
>>> The QST review of the FT847 specifically mentioned how
>>> poor the receiver was under contest conditions.
>>>
>>> 73s John W5TD
>>>
>>> --- "Joshua M. Arritt" <jarritt at vt.edu> wrote:
>>>
>>>> al goss wrote:
>>>>> I totally disagree with you comments.  My 847 was
>>>> a great rig--used in
>>>>> many CW contests, a few SSB Tests...no problems
>>>> from adjacent STRONG
>>>>> stations.
>>>>> Was a 847 blast "in your opinion",  every radio
>>>> coming off the line is
>>>>> different.
>>>> FB Al.  Glad your 847 is a good one.  Yep, it's true
>>>> that there are
>>>> differences between same-model rigs as they roll off
>>>> the line.  Perhaps
>>>> the one we used was a bit flaky.
>>>>
>>>> And I certainly don't claim my comments on the radio
>>>> as gospel -- in
>>>> fact, I will gladly disclaim them as petty nit-picky
>>>> opinion, yes!
>>>> Despite my report of a poor contest experience with
>>>> the rig, I really
>>>> like the 847.  It's a very versatile and capable
>>>> radio for the price.
>>>> If I was in the market for such a rig, I wouldn't
>>>> dismiss it despite my
>>>> comments.
>>>>
>>>>> .....
>>>>> Same for 706's ;  lots of bad one's with all sorts
>>>> of problems but
>>>>> most the guys have nothing to compare it to.
>>>> I'd make the same poor selectivity comments about
>>>> the '706.  But again,
>>>> versatility to price, it's a handy rig.  Certainly
>>>> not the most ideal
>>>> contest radio.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>> Won't go into what I am using...makes no
>>>> difference.  Perhaps you
>>>>> should state "in my opinion" in future.  My rig is
>>>> "in demand" but I
>>>>> find lots of problems with it...some may be due my
>>>> location in the city.
>>>>> 73 k2erg FN13
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