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Offline acl12

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Communications receiver
« on: September 04, 2012, 2007 UTC »
Hi. I've asked for advice on here before and got a lot of constructive feedback. Anyway I'm looking at buying a communications receiver to cover from 50 kHz to 30 MHz. I haven't got my radio license yet but was thinking of maybe doing it in a few months time. So should I go for an icom r75 or an frg 100 or buy a transceiver like the icom 718. The reason I'm asking this question is that I'm not a 100% certain I am going to get my license but didn't want to spend money on a communications receiver and then have to buy a transceiver on top if I do decide to go for my license next year. Has anybody got any suggestions? Also what are transceivers like the icom 718 like as communications receivers ? Is it best to go for receivers and transceivers seperatley  rather than all on ones .  Thanks

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Re: Communications receiver
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2012, 0835 UTC »
Think I've sorted it so no worries. I'll get an frg100 for about £200 and worry about a transceiver if/when I go for my license. Cheers

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Re: Communications receiver
« Reply #2 on: September 05, 2012, 2158 UTC »
From what I've read, the FRG-100 is a great receiver.  I also read on another forum (prob. EHam) that it helps to read the manual for that receiver, as there are some functions that apparently aren't obvious from looking at the front panel.

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Re: Communications receiver
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2012, 0445 UTC »
I never had a Frog 100, but my first ham rig was an FT-840 from the same era - great little radio. Something to be said for keeping things simple.

Was also very easy to modify for all-band transmit, but that's another topic  :P
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Re: Communications receiver
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2012, 2046 UTC »
Any of the amateur transceivers, like an IC-718, will make and excellent communications receiver. The receiver in the IC-718 is really not any different from the IC-R75.
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