Pick one: Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu -- who rules?

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Pick one: Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu -- who rules?

Postby shepjackson » Sun Aug 07, 2005 7:31 pm

Outta the big three -- if ya had to depend on a rig to get ya through -- who'd ya favor?

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Postby n3jfw » Sun Aug 07, 2005 7:59 pm

depends on the radio type and intended use

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Postby johnvassel » Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:00 pm

All my hammie gear is yaesu, yet I use Icom commercially.
Icom performs well, but I'll take the ruggedness of my yaesu's anyday.

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Postby Wardriver » Sun Aug 07, 2005 8:07 pm

Icom customer support and turn around time is excellent, Sent my 706 in for blown finals cost me $75.00 was back in 2 weeks from the factory.

Ten-Tec has outstanding customer support also.I needed a dial string for my old analog transceiver last year,and the sent me one free of charge.

Yaesu customer support is slow to respond on repairs turn around time sucks.

Never had to send a Kenwood back for repairs........So whats that tell you? hammertime


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Rules?

Postby Cowthief » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:22 pm

Hello.

Customer support.
Yaesu and Motorola both suck!
Icom, Kenwood, M/A-Com, all OK.
Thales, depends on the country, even on the same product.

Quality.
Motorola, M/A-Com and Thales build excellent products.
Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, all are OK, but for the most part, not in the same league, even the commercial products, as the above 3.

Ease of use.
The current crop of M/A-Com radios seem to have the best menu arrangement of all of the radios so far, followed by the Motorola XTS-5000 series.

The radios I like to carry.
The most common radio I carry is the Kenwood TH-f6/7a/e radio.
Yes, it is a hamster radio, but it can do 136 MHz to 490 MHz with no real issues, is small enough to be easily carried, and is cheap.

The next most common is the Yaesu VX-7r.
This radio is MUCH easier to mod for out of band operation, is somewhat waterproof, and, also somewhat inexpensive.

I was carrying the Thales tactical radio right up to a few weeks ago.
Totally awsome, really broad band multi mode radio.
This is THE radio if you want to do any kind of crypto whatsoever.
The Thales radio is totally software driven, so it is simply a command to flush both the codefill and the codeplug, but not all is lost.
Thales provides a recovery disk for that radio, and only that radio, that can restore all the factory defaults.
When is Motorola, or, for that matter, anyone else, coming up with that?
AM and FM are the order of the day, with coverage of 25 MHz to 550 MHz (US models do 30 MHz to 512 MHz).
Selectivity is OK, but the front end can easily overload in a high RF environment.
The radio will work from around 7 volts to 32 volts with no issues.
Price? around 7G.

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Postby n3jfw » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:28 pm

Rudy-please keep your reply on topic.

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Postby ae6ip » Sun Aug 07, 2005 11:50 pm

i dunno. all my gear so far has been icom, and it has lived up to expectations. do some research and make sure you know the strong points and weaknesses of what you're buying.

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Postby VE2XDJ » Fri Dec 30, 2005 7:26 pm

Yaesu/Vertex for Ham stuff.

Motorola and Kenwood for everything else.

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Postby KC9UZB » Sat Jul 14, 2007 5:57 am

OLD style Kenwood, from the late 80's early 90s for me. Built like a tank, unbreakable. HF/V/UHF.

For some reason I have two Yaesu FT-8800's. They're good and everything, but you know if you look at them funny they'd fall apart... crossband repeat is fun ;)

Icom - I love their scanners, but I've never really played with their transceivers much. My mate has 5 Icom handhelds, two FT-8900's and an FT-8800.

Since I became a Motosnob, I'm selling up all my hammy gear (apart from one of my FT-8800's) and buy Moto stuff tbh.


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