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Recently the RDXC committee reclassified P3F to high power from low power without publicly providing strong evidence that any infraction had occurred. They concluded was that the contestant was running HP on 80/40m but not full-time, just 10 minutes here and there without any convincing evidence. It appears they used the RBN as their source of information. Should the RXDC contest have to publicly provide convincing evidence before reclassifying a station from LP to HP?

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My Main contesting rig is
  Posted: May 01, 2006   (415 votes, 31 comments) by ne0p

    (415 votes, 31 comments)
Survey Results
Icom 31% (130)
Kenwood 16% (66)
Ten-Tec 11% (47)
Yaesu 37% (152)
Other 5% (20)

Survey Comments
Favorite rig
My "race" setup: FT1000-D + FT1000-MP
both full INRAD equipped.

CU in TEST !

Posted by IT9BLB on June 1, 2006

The 480 is one of the nicest rigs I have ever owned for contesting. It really shines on RTTY/Digital with a 500 filter installed. Let the computer do the driving while you concentrate on making contacts. Add a Heil microphone, plug the whole thing into a Moxon Rectangle, and go break some pileups -- or start one ;-)

UR FB sigs always 59 in Auburn, Alabama!
73 es gud DX de Jay/N4CBK

Posted by n4cbk on May 31, 2006

Elecraft K2
I use my Elecraft K2 KPA100 extensively for contesting. It performs! I agree with AA4LR, the "I built it" and it performs is a great feeling. It's a great Top Band performer.

73 and see you in the fray,

Posted by N2WN on May 31, 2006

Contest radios
I am usign ICOM IC-775DSP & YAESU FT-1000MPmV => excellant radios. FT-1000MPmV is very easy and friendly for digital modes.

Posted by ok1lo on May 30, 2006

For my money, you just can't beat Ten-Tec if you are a CW op, no matter what your activity on the HF bands! ..

Posted by w6fg on May 28, 2006

ICOM 775
I like using the IC 775dsp. Fabulous receiver. No menus to fiddle with when chasing DX. I love the large display, analog meter and big buttons. Also use the IC 756proII but for the extra power (200+ watts) the 775 really helps.

Posted by ae4x on May 27, 2006

Ten Tec
Although I am not an "A" contest operator, I like to get my licks ina dnnow use an Orion 1 565 with the Imrad roofing filters. I must say, that I hear stations now that I never heard before. It's got great ears.


Posted by n2bzp on May 24, 2006

Still using FT-1000D and FT-990. Just bought a roofing filter for the 1000D at Dayton from Inrad. Hope to have time to install it this week.

Posted by w2up on May 21, 2006

Another vote for the Elecraft K2 (mine's a K2/100).

Posted by VE7NGR on May 20, 2006

K2 + 400W Amp.
The K2 rocks.

A little extra power doesn't hurt either.

Posted by n7rvd on May 19, 2006

Yeasu FT-990
My main contest rig is a FT-990 with all the filters. I havent tried it in Data modes ie RTTY PSK31 but for cw and ssb it is great for me. back up rig is a Heath SB1400 with optional cw filter (500 hz) both rigs have imho exlent recievers.
I guess i would use a new 9000 if my wallet could handle it. hihi

Posted by wd5jnc on May 18, 2006

The rig is seldom the limitation with experienced and competent ops.

Posted by wa4dou on May 16, 2006

The best one for the contest! :-)

Att Al WP3C

Posted by WP3C on May 15, 2006

Icom is my choice
Running IC781s and IC7800s. The 781 is a brute. Great RX. Very bullet proof. The service guys in WA are the best. Parts are no problem. Still own several IC765s. They are the best "bang" for your contesting buck IMO!

Check out the pics at:

Tim K3LR

Posted by K3LR on May 14, 2006

ICOM 756Pro 3
Still learning how to really get the most from it but so far it is without doubt a great radio for dxing and contesting . I especially appreciate the filtering and twin PBT not to mention the dual preamps.
Previously I have used a FT990, FT920 and more recenntly TS480hx...... none come close..... a big statement considering I am not a ICOM lover

Posted by VK4FW on May 13, 2006

I run a K2 qrp.... anything more than 5 watts
is cheating :-) :-)

Posted by n3hu on May 13, 2006

Elecraft K2/100

Use an Elecraft K2/100 as my main contest rig. Second rig is a venerable Kenwood TS-430S.

The K2/100 has a superior receiver, does a great job on CW, and performs adequately on SSB. And you get to build it yourself. Not every contester can say he built his own rig....

Posted by AA4LR on May 12, 2006

My contest rig..... a venerable Kenwood TS-120s with the optional CW filter installed, a hi-mound hk 706 key, the MJF-941E Versa Tuner, and a Hustler 4-BTV trap vertical. My setup is the very definition of a "little pistol" contester. I have a lot of fun though.

Posted by ki4nvn on May 11, 2006

My current setup is a FT990 and the FT1000 MKV Field. Both excellant radios without the benefit of additonal filters.
I've also owned an ICOM IC765 (excellant), a TS850SAT, FT920 (in stock form not IMHO)not great contest radios, CORSAIR II, OMNI V (both excellant in their own rights), and have used other gear at J6R, VE7SCC, and VE7SV. My preference today is the combo I'm using. They are computer friendly, easy to use, and both have excellant receivers.
A small pistol

Posted by VE7ABC on May 11, 2006

I use my TS-930S with 500 Hz filter on first IM. Combination AF Tune with Notch allow me receive noisy CW sigs from my AV5 antenna.
Old rig, but good loooking.
No CAT :((

Posted by SP2LNW on May 8, 2006

Contest rigs
I am using FT-1000MP MARK5 and IC-756PRO.

The sound of MARK5 hears easily, and is not tired.
I think that MARK5 is good for the contest for a long time.

It is easy to use IC-756PRO for a digital mode of RTTY and PSK31.
I like the scope of the 756PRO for my S&P rig.

Posted by JI1ALP on May 6, 2006

Kenwood TS-950SDX
My TS-950SDX is all filtered up and has been a good radio for the past 15 years. I also use the matching SM-230 bandscope which put this radio ahead of its time. I have owned three TS-950's...

I recently purchased an Icom 756 Pro III but haven't taken it out of the box. I purchased it after test driving one at the dealer and reading positive remarks from many top-scoring contesters. It combines all the features (plus some) of my '950 into a single box.

The Kenwood TS-950SDX is still a very good value on the used radio market.

73 de Bob - K0RC

Posted by K0RC on May 6, 2006

ts440sat and ts450sat
I don't contest ssb, I like the narrow filters on both ole 440 and 450. with if shift, notch and able to use narrow cw on usb for digi, can work in some tight places.
see u on the keys

Posted by n7uvh on May 6, 2006

Elecraft K2 for contesting QRP. As the third K2 comment out
of seven posted, I think we _have_ created our own category.


-- Scott (NE1RD)

Posted by ne1rd on May 5, 2006

I use TS870 with Inrad filters modification(2x 2100Hz). Its great radio. I have never used better equipment. Good dynamic range and easy controll and setup during contest. It is main problem in other equipments. But real DSP will be the main player in near future. I think ...

Posted by OK1VWK on May 5, 2006

Contest Rigs
I used a Kenwood TS-940SAT as my main contest rig until I got my Icom 756 Pro II. Now the Pro II is my run rig and the TS-940 is my S&P rig. I like the scope on the Pro II but for S&P the 940 with SM-220 and Bandscope work great. On runs, it's nice to see what big sigs start encroaching on me. These two rigs work great to me. Also useful for watching two sides of 160 for DX!
Bob - W6RTW

Posted by w6rtw on May 4, 2006

Favorite rig
I use two K2/100's
Not a whole lot of bells & whistles, but probably one of the "best bang for the buck" radios.

73 Hank K8DD

Posted by K8DD on May 4, 2006

Contest rigs...
I use the Icom 746PRO for 160/10m also 6m and 222 via xverter , and the Icom 910H for 2m/440/and 1.2ghz , all M2 beams on VHF/UHF , HF is the AH-4 ...

Jason K8ZIZ EN81wi

Posted by K8ZIZ on May 3, 2006

Favorite rig
Aren't there enough K-2's out there to get it's own category?

Posted by w6sj on May 2, 2006

Yaesu & Icom
I use a Yaesu FT1000MP MK V for my run radio and I use the Icom 756 Pro III for my S&P radio. I like the scope of the 756 to check bands real quick for S&P.

Posted by AD6WL on May 2, 2006

How is the Kenwood TS950SDX as a contesting rig? Looks like a great dual-receive radio.

73s John NE0P

Posted by ne0p on May 2, 2006

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