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Capt. Jack
09-07-2005, 13:21
I am looking for a new or used hf rig. Mainly to be used for HF ssb however, extended vhf/uhf would be nice. I have zeroed in on finding a nice used Kenwood 950sdx. It seems to have overall excellent reviews. For the target $1500 price, I can't seem to find an equivalent new rig from any of the major suppliers. I would appreciate receiving any ideas or suggestions.

Jack W4GRJ

09-07-2005, 21:15
The IC-746 is about the best bang for the buck. They are about $700 used and offer HF plus 100W on 6 and 2. Internal auto tuner, cw memory keyer, twin pass band tuning, DSP, and many other options.

The 950 is a great radio, but if you want good HF and 6/2, the 746 is the way to go. The 746Pro is about 1K used, and has IF stage DSP and digital filtering.

Capt. Jack
09-08-2005, 06:26
I was looking at the 746pro but it has some bad reviews concerning reliability. Are you aware of the issues, ic151, etc.?

09-09-2005, 13:36
That is an issue. the IC-151 happens when you hook a wire antenna directly to the radio and the antenna has no path to ground. If you run your wires and other antennas thru a switch or tuner which is grounded, you can substantially reduce your chance of the problem.

It is a pretty easy fix as I was able to do it. In 5 years of owning 2 different IC746's, it only happened once.