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Old 26-10-2012, 07:40   #1
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Ham Rig

Besides your Marine unit what other rigs are you ham guys using. I am looking at getting a mobile unit either an IC-7000 or a Yaesu 857D. I am new to the ham world and just gathering opinions.

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Old 26-10-2012, 08:24   #2
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Re: Ham Rig

They're both good. The 7000 is the successor to the IC706MKIIG, one of the most popular ham rigs ever.

Lots of other good ones. On a 30-footer, you might want to conserve space. The Kenwood TS-50S is very small and very capable; you can find these and many other used ham rigs on eBay and elsewhere.

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Old 26-10-2012, 09:02   #3
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Ive posted a couple of times in the past on using the IC-7000 on the boat. Should come up in a search.

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Old 28-10-2012, 20:06   #4
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Re: Ham Rig

I have installed the SSB Icom M-802 on my boat and use it for our marine needs and my ham qso's as well. Works very well, even with the keyer.

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Re: Ham Rig

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I have installed the SSB Icom M-802 on my boat and use it for our marine needs and my ham qso's as well. Works very well, even with the keyer.

Marc
Was modification necessary for 802 to operate on all bands?

I am leaning towards 857D so I have 2 and 6meter coverage as well. I will install a dedicated marine rig when we set off but for now i am looking at a mobile setup to use at home and while touring the chesapeake for learning and fun.
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Old 28-10-2012, 21:29   #6
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Re: Ham Rig

Very easy to ''open'' the M802 to ham band:
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Re: Ham Rig

Boat has an Alinco DX 70th. I put it in my car during the winter and for summer road trips. At home I have a icom 761.
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Let's see....

We have a Yaesu System 600 (Marine), Icom 756 Pro II, Yaesu FT100D (in the cockpit), a couple of tuners including an SGC and Palstar 1K, and a SG-500 amp... But it's a big boat and I've been a ham for a long time...
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Re: Ham Rig

I've got an Icom 718. It's a basic radio but relatively easy to use without many layers deep menus the more modern radios require you to go through. It worked great on the sail to Hawaii. Mine has been opened up so it is capable of transmitting on all HF frequencies. That's about a 5 minute job for someone with limited electronics experience. Bought mine used for a little over $400, new ones are around $700.

If I wanted a more complex radio, would look closely at Icom 7200. It has a marinized front control panel. A nice to have feature on a boat. Looks to have most of the bells and whistles to tweak the radio for best reception and transmission.
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Re: Ham Rig

I have an Icom M710 and I'm adding a Kenwood TM-D710 2M/70cm APRS rig.

No hits on APRS yesterday. I may have to become the local iGate in Puerto Vallarta. ;-)
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