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Posted: 9/19/2009 8:12:34 AM EST
Hey all....

Now that I've passed the tests I wanted to get an HF radio... Really wanted a new Icom 718 but the money just isnt there and to top it off my water heater decided to die yesterday

Anyway been looking at Craigs list and such... I'm finding a lot of used stuff that people are wanting new or more $$ for (you'd think they were selling AR's!) I did find an Icom 730 locally for $300...Is this an easy to learn on radio and a decent price? It gets good reviews on Eham... I was looking at the 718 because it got good reviews for being an easy to learn on radio without all the menu driven crap..

Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:37:01 AM EST
As long as it's in good functional condition it should be fine for a basic HF amateur rig. The eham reviews are a great resource to find out about known issues and it doesn't look like there's any problem with them.

Only thing is it looks like it doesn't have general coverage RX so no shortwave listening, and apparently no 160 meters either. Everyone seems to like the receive quality which is really what makes an HF rig anyway.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:49:19 AM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 8:51:25 AM EST by Beefington]
My HF rig is an IC-751 from the 1983-84 that I got for $300. I know it's not the same radio, but I believe they are similar. See if you can power up the radio and operate it before you buy it. If everything works, you won't be disappointed, and will have a fantastic radio for the price.
Link Posted: 9/19/2009 11:00:12 AM EST
Originally Posted By Grumpy_Grampa:
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!

user reviews for every HF radio ever made...
http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/14

that said, if can wait and save for a IC718, i think you'll find it well worth it.
the IC718 is the ham radio bargain of the century.

ar-jedi

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 4:28:07 PM EST
Originally Posted By ar-jedi:
Originally Posted By Grumpy_Grampa:
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom!

user reviews for every HF radio ever made...
http://www.eham.net/reviews/products/14

that said, if can wait and save for a IC718, i think you'll find it well worth it.
the IC718 is the ham radio bargain of the century.

ar-jedi



This advice is so good I took it!!! I posted an ad on the local Craigs list looking for Ham stuff this morning... Got several emails... One guy is giving me a free power supply in exchange for a cup of coffee! Heck of a deal...

Nother guy had a brand new in the box Icom 718 he won at a local hamfest last year and didnt need.. I picked it up a bit ago for $450... He also gave me several antennas,cables and a Daiwa Crossneedle SWR & Power Meter..

Now I just need to get a tuner and hook it all up!

Link Posted: 9/19/2009 8:00:48 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/19/2009 8:03:09 PM EST by KB7DX]
Good decision! The general coverage reciever is worth the extra $$. Having said that, the ic-730 is a great HF band only rig. The reciever is exceptional for it's age. Quad conversion and good sensitivity. I had one back in the 90's and loved it. They are worth about 200-225 if in nice shape.
ETA–– Cut yourself a dipole for 20m and get on the air! Don't wait for a tuner.
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