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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Well I now have an IC-703 and looking forward to getting out and about with it.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Until I can afford a KX3, IC-703 or a FT817 I have been using an Alinco DX70TH with the internal jumper set for 5/50 watts which gives me QRP ops and a bit of power when I need it. I use a Z11 auto tuner when I use non resonant antennas like my "fisherman's dipole" and I power everything with a 22AH slab. All the pieces of my kit are pretty compact but not the lightest of weight. Works for my style of portable ops. (^8

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Hi John. I also have an ic706 mk 11 but now that will go in my van for mobile/portable. The 706 is nice but 2A on receive it's not the best for portable. 703 has a tuner built it so the z11 mk2 can go in the van as well.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    I run an IC706MK2G in my mobile and it is a great rig. I got it so I could have HF, VHF and UHF with a single control head on the console. I would really like an IC703 if I could ever find one at a good price. I recently worked the south pole research station with the 706 from the mobile.

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Quote Originally Posted by WD5IKX View Post
    I have been using an Alinco DX70TH
    IMO, the DX70TH is a great little radio for the price. I had one and it performed just as well as my FT-857D on the HF bands.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Quote Originally Posted by M0LMK View Post
    IMO, the DX70TH is a great little radio for the price. I had one and it performed just as well as my FT-857D on the HF bands.
    I plan to use my DX70TH for some portable ops while at the Okie-Tex star party next week. The star party will be operating with the special event K0T. I also plan to activate the Tri State marker again.

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Hi

    I have owned the FT817, Great Radio at the time but a very small screen. I now use a Xiegu X5105, 5w output power with built in ATU and Battery. Excellent Radio for the price.

    Ian

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    I have both and the 817 offers the 2m and 440 bands but the Icom is heavier, a better receiver and built in tuner

    I think that you will enjoy the FT-891 as it has real DSP, better receiver and can go from 5 to 100 watts very easily and its cheaper than the FT-818 and probably the same price as a used 703.

    I have the FT-891 and kind of use the 817 as a back up now.

    For example, I was doing some NVIS work and it turns out my 703 was putting out 5 watts at 11.1 volts as I had the wrong battery connected. The stations were 5x9 but they could hear me. If I had brought the 891 with a tuned 60m dipole or 40m dipole, I dont need the tuner but I could have cranked the power up to 50 watts and would have been heard

    I think PW had a great review on the 891 recently
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