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    IC-703 or FT-817

    I would be interested to know what people think of these radios and maybe some other suggestions. Not to keen on CW only radio as my CW is very rusty.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    I would say it's better to got for an FT-857 unless you specifically want a small, QRP only radio.

    If that's the case then I don't think you can beat the FT-817 for the price.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    As Matt says, the FT-817 is a great all-rounder for QRP and you can always "treat it" with additional SSB+CW filters if you want. I run an FT-857 as I found 5w from the 817 a little restrictive, plus I wanted a bit more grunt at home on 2m. Worth mentioning is the current-draw of the 703 vs 817: 1.2A vs 450mA. The 857 fares better, at around 1A. This one reason why I never bought an IC-706, it's around 1.8-2A on receive. So for /P use, it'll drain a small SLAB rather quickly.

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    The Icom 703 is a beautiful radio but needs big bettery power. It also has the dreaded Icom menu system...

    The FT817 is a great radio, nice Rx, eats battery if fitted internally. It has a small screen and is an ergonomic dinosaur nowadays, but it still works very well, especially when matched with the LDG autotune.


    Personally, I'd go for neither now but an Elecraft K2 instead. Much better

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    My 817 is feeling rather "unloved" since I got my KX3 :-) It is now relegated to local chatter box on 2m/70cms FM.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Indeed this is the case with so many.

    I elected for the KX1 (as everyone knows!!!). In fact my 817 is now driving a 2m 40w linear for the FISTS CW working. A bloomin fortune I spent on 2m...how many QSO have I had? NONE.


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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    My first choice would be the IC-703. Reason I like Icom Radios.
    I also quit like the idea of having the FT-817. Reason I have a FT-290 mk1, My first radio when I was licenced in 1988 and had a lot of fun with it.
    The FT-857 is not on the list because I have an IC-706 mk 11 and also an IC-746 and as it has been mentioned the current drain is high on receive.
    If I am out portable with the car it is not too much of a problem as I have a 120 Ah battery to run the radios from but I want to go /MM on a friends boat so I need compact and low current drain.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    Ive had both and apart from the dreaded Icom menus system I really, really liked the 703. I used it a fair bit, even fitted the CW filters but alas someone wanted to swap it for a K2 that didnt work so I traded it.

    I'd still get the K2 in preference to either though, my first K2 is fitted with a battery so is perfectly portable but also good as a home rig. It also has the auto ATU fitted so it's very flexible. I do have a K2 Im selling. PM if you're interested.

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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    I think the K2 could be a good choice David. Can't see it happening till next year at the earliest as funds are a bit low.
    Nice 101-ZD. I see it has all the bands is it a mk 3. I use to have one until I dropped it trying to put it into the loft. I would of bought another one if I could of found a full set. It would of taken a lot of desk space. This was back in 99 and people were still hanging on to them then. The IC-746 replaced it and the first day I got it was August 11th 1999 and I didn't know what to do, I was running in and out of the house as it was the day of the eclipse.
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    Re: IC-703 or FT-817

    A vote from me for the 703 from Icom. The issue of the current draw in reception of 1.2A is not entirely truth: it is valid only for MAXIMUM AUDIO. Usually a confusion made by 817 lovers...
    At normal audio levels the current never exceeds 700mA on my rig. But I have a good tuner inside, and for me it's better this way.
    Also good to mention that the following years will give us bad propagation, so working with only 5W will be a real challenge in SSB for example. Even 10W will be not enough sometimes.
    It could be nice to have a little 20...25W transceiver fitted with an auto tuner inside. Unfortunately, no one produces something like that...
    Last edited by YO2MSB; 10th Oct 2015 at 22:13.
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