Back-Up Radio

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Just wondering what you folks are using for a back-up transceiver (if any). FT-950 here - yes knobs  ;-)
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Alan W4FBI

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Rob N4GA

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FLEX 1500
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James Whiteway

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Yaesu FT-1000MP MKV, the closest competitor to my 6300 in the receiver category. Also, have a couple of Kenwood TS-830s sitting on the shelf waiting for a complete going over. Sold most of my other base radios to get the Flex. But, the Yaesu is a keeper. Besides, I bought it from a SK's widow and she gave me a good deal on the radio. I promised her I wasn't buying the radio to resell and after using it for a couple of years, I don't plan to break that promise. 
james
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Bob MW0PIC

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Flex 5000 and flex 3000
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k3Tim

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Ten Tec Argo Vi  - minimalist knobbed radio (keeper rig).  Also have their 100 Watt amp for "QRO" times.  The station can be put in a backpack, with Li-IonFe batteries (30-aH total) for SOTA.  Once I have time to do such activity!

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To my Flex-6700 a Flex-6300 and Flex-5000A do backup duty.

Presently have a Hilberling PT-8000A backing them up, then my trusty TenTec Jupiter.

73

Steve
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Hard to imagine a Hilberling PT-8000A sitting around as a "backup radio"!
(I might if I won the lottery!)
:-)
james
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Oh, and the Jupiter is a great radio. Had one and several times wish I had kept it.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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The Hilberling is destine for George W9EVT's shack, so I don't want to get too accustomed to having it!  Have been writing about it at http://k9zw.wordpress.com

The Jupiter is a nice honest rig.  Started on computer controlled Transceivers with a Pegasus (still have one too) and the Jupiter just sort of seemed a natural.  

Have a couple other radios too...

73

Steve
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I may hold out for the Flex-6100, any bets about Dayton this year? The little 1500 is long overdue for a low end replacement. :)
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Lewis Cheek

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I may hold out for the Flex-6100, any bets about Dayton this year? The little 1500 is long overdue for a low end replacement. :)
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DrTeeth

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Give them a chance to get the software to mature for the current 6x00 models first.
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Burt Fisher

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Why would anyone need a backup radio? This is ham radio, this is not necessary like a spare tire, or a backup for computer pictures/data. Now toilet paper, that is a necessary backup.
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Steve K9ZW, Elmer

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Perhaps they take to heart the adage "Two is One, and One is None..."

I also take two rifles to the camp when hunting, have a spare baritone sax for backup, have a second computer..... 

You might be mistaking "needs" and "wants" - I don't "need" those backups, but I sure "want" them rather than being sidelined.

You don't actually "need" a spare tire (motorcycles don't come with them) but you better "want" to walk if you don't.....

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Steve
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Rob N4GA

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Nice pic!
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Mike - N1MD

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I have two backup radios to my Flex 6700:

1. a Flex 6300
2. Elecraft KX3 with KXPA100 amp and PX3

Mike N1MD
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Alex - DH2ID, Elmer

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Flex-3000 and IC-756Pro
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EA4GLI - 8P9EH - Salvador

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I am looking forward to get a Kenwood TS-2000 to be my backup radio.

As soon as I go back to the USA I will get one. I use my FT857D as my portable radio, and my current 100W backup rig. I am keeping the 1500 for transverter work (plus being able to run SmartSDR and PowerSDR simultaneously is great).

But the TS-2000 seems to me the perfect backup radio. it covers everything. You can work satellites with it, even add 23cm, and do HF work in a pinch, with internal ATU.

Great CAT software and possibility to work remotely with the kenwood made smaller front end.

Now... I have never used one, but it is my current choice as backup.

A better, more modern quality DSP, HF-VHF-UHF backup rig, would be the Icom IC-9100. But it is also well over double the price of the kenwood. Before I spend the money on the Icom I would upgrade my Flex 6300 to a 6700.
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William Hemmingsen

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756proII and SDR-1000
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Rick Hadley - W0FG

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Would you believe a Yaesu FT-817 and an HB-1A?  I've actually made an unconfirmed QRP DXCC with the 817. The old FT-757GXii that was the main station radio before the 6500 now resides up at our lake cabin in MN.  For a new backup, I'd be on a '6100' in a New York minute.
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Flex-1500 in the shack and IC-706MK2G in the mobile that can be moved into position if needed.  Also several VHF/UHF mobiles & HT's, an IC-275A 2 Meter all mode, and my trusty Radio Shack HTX-10 for 10 meter all mode.  Not to mention many homebrew QRP rigs and converted CB's on ten meters!
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Jay / NO5J

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Kenwood TS520se, SDR-1000, and Flex-5000A
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Norm - W7CK

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My wife won an IC-7100 last year at the Yuma Ham Fest.  We didn't think we'd like it because of the funky sloped head that can not be attached to the main unit.  The more we played with it, the more we liked it.  It makes a great backup rig, mobile rig, all purpose All of the HF bands, VHF and UHF, all modes including FM, lots of memories, band edges and the scanning functions are great. The receiver is fairly good too.  While it doesn't have a pan adapter, it has all of the other features one could want.  Makes a great backup rig!  Oh yeah, its really easy to run remote and only requires a USB cable for all control and audio.  We've used it on PSK and Olivia and have run the snot out of it but it never seems to get very hot.
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Icom pro3 is main back up now since I bought the flex 6300. Still have icom 7400 (746 pro) which was my original backup and 6m radio, but now it mainly works on 2m ssb/cw. ft1000d and ts590s both were sold last year due to age of the former and its poorer performance on ssb compared to 6300, and the latter sold on due to its alc overshoot. I mainly use the pro3 on a daily basis to transvert onto 4m from 10m and to switch to from the 6300 to remind myself what a great radio rx the 6300 has on lf and crowded ssb conditions :-)  The pro3 is up for sale as I plan to buy a higher spec 4m transverter to hang off the 6300.

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Steve gw0gei