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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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What type of radio do you use for contesting?
  Posted: Jan 28, 2012   (454 votes, 71 comments) by k1kp

  Yaesu FTdx 9K, 5K, 2K
  IC-756Pro, 2, 3
  Ten Tec Orion, 1 or 2
  Flex 5K, 3K
  other - list
    (454 votes, 71 comments)
Survey Results
K3 23% (105)
IC-7800,7700 5% (21)
Yaesu FTdx 9K, 5K, 2K 12% (56)
IC-756Pro, 2, 3 11% (48)
Ten Tec Orion, 1 or 2 5% (22)
Flex 5K, 3K 3% (13)
other - list 42% (189)

Survey Comments
Type of Rig
Over the past 20 years, have used, with my
personal IMD rating:
Orion I-9
IC-781-no opinion
Argonaut V-7
I currently use the IC-7800, IC-7600 backup,
IC-7000 DXpedition.
I did not like the K2 and K3 due to
ergonomics, and lack of ease of menu
operation, as well as poor S meter and SWR
meter. Receiver was good. The Orion I kept
muting itself.
IC-7600 is very easy to use and ergonomics
are similar to the IC-7800. The receiver on
the IC-7600 is fine for everything except 40
CW in the ARRL DX and CQWW DX. Even so, with
an IC-7800 or K3 you are only going to make
10 percent more QSO's at best. The guys in
the contest club are buying the FTDX-5000.
I like the DSP in Icom better than Yaesu or
Elecraft. There is no need for beverages any

Posted by K3MD on November 16, 2012

Main: pair of IC-765
Spare: pair of IC-751A, IC-740

Posted by dj7ww on September 11, 2012

Flawed survey. I'm pretty sure the most used contest radio(s) ever are the FT-1000MP, MK-V, and Field. They are hidden away in "other."

Posted by N4GG on September 8, 2012

IC-746 PRO x 2

Pair of 746 PRO SO2R

Posted by VU2PTT on April 6, 2012

Kenwood TS-870
Excellent filters and audio !

Posted by TF8GX on April 6, 2012


Posted by VO1MX on March 23, 2012

K3 Still handles crowded bands better than any other radio I've owned and I've had good radios from all the major manufacturers.

P3 Panadapter best op-aid for finding signals and now I have the new big screen adapter so less eye-strain.

When I use it, the KPA500 (500 watt matching amp) is seamless with the K3. Auto bandswitching, no tune and 500 watts out is MORE than enough power. I vote to limit all contests to 100 watts though. That would certainly help level the playing field. Skill over brute force any day!

Posted by W0EB on March 23, 2012

Early nineties vintage MP with 250Hz CW and 2.1kHz SSB plus roofing filter from INRAD, click mod.

Posted by VE3CV on March 22, 2012

FT1kMP forever
I still prefere my modified FT1000MP.

Final modification list:
- custom internal AC/DC power supply instead of original Yaesu
- roofing filters for main and second RX, for main RX with reduced gain
- wide SSB INRAD 2.8k line filters instead of Yaesu 2.4k on both IF
- narrow INRAD 1.8k at 2nd IF and Yaesu 1.9k at 3rd IF
- 400+500Hz wide CW combo INRAD/Yaesu
- 250+250Hz narrow CW combo INRAD/Yaesu
- Collins 526-8739-020 2.4k SSB filter instead of original Murata at 2nd RX board
- 400Hz INRAD CW in 2nd RX optional slot
- modified RX AGC loop delay

Posted by OK1VWK on March 18, 2012

My contest rig is the 817, especially good on RTTY

Posted by KM7Q on March 14, 2012

Omni VII
I use a Ten-Tec Omni VII both at home and at a contest station with other guys (who also use multiple Omni VII, Orion II, and a couple K3s.) Omni VII holds its own - very quiet receiver, clean audio on transmit, good radio for the money.

/// James - K8JHR ///

Posted by k8jhr on March 10, 2012

IC 756 Pro 3
Best radio I've ever owned.

Posted by AB5XZ on March 9, 2012

It's paid for!

Posted by KX7L on March 7, 2012

Main Radio Kenwood TS-870
V/UHF Yaesu FT-847

Posted by w5jbo on March 7, 2012

Not high end by any stretch, but I know this rig like the back of my hand and it does what I need it to do. Perhaps as I get better I will graduate to a rig with more bells and whistles, but I can control the rig through N1MM and it performs fine for my level of experience in contesting!

Posted by K7FLI on March 6, 2012

I use an FT-920 with YAESU 500Hz and INRAD
250Hz IF filters for CW. It has got also an

Posted by iv3ynb on March 5, 2012

Have PRO2, Orion, FT-1000MP, FT-2000.

K3 blows them all away. Better RX than Orion (second best).

When I can get multiple K3s we put them in as many OP positions as I can.

Best reason yet, made in US and by me no less.

Posted by k0tv on March 4, 2012

I can pack the entire 100w station into one
rolling carryon, including antennas. Good rx,
easy controls (once you get used to them).
It's not a K3, but it's 25% of the size! And it
functions well enough for me. :)

Posted by NQ3X on March 4, 2012

In 45 years of contesting, I've tried lots of radios from every manufacturer, especially on CW. Over the past year I have used a K3 at home as well as in a serious multi op environment. For my money, it is the top of the pack in every category. It is easily adaptable to each operator and the receiver front end is the current state of the art.

Posted by n3xf on March 2, 2012

My primary contest radio (so far only CW) has been the Elecraft K2 (QRP) since I built it in 1999. Even though I have fairly simple antennas (wire dipole fed w/ladder line) it always gets the signal out and more importantly, the receiver is superb.

Posted by k6ctw on March 2, 2012

A dinosaur but solid rig
Right now my main rig is a TS-940S. Even though she's old, old, old, she still manages to turn a head or two at the 'ball'. Soon I hope to let her live out the remaining years in a less stressful rag chewing role and bring in a workhorse of a newer rig. I've been looking at many of the new rigs but haven't made up my mind. I am an old Kenwood guy and only wish Kenwood had a contender in the FT-2000/5000 arena. I'm in no hurry to spend $3K to $5K on a new rig.

Gene W5DQ

Posted by W5DQ on February 28, 2012

IC 7600
Great radio / Love it.

Posted by KV5Q on February 28, 2012

For the money.. cant be beat!
fully loaded with 500 and 250 hz cw filters that you can use in digital modes also... the extra 100 watts is a plus.. can run all day long at 100 watts and stays cool.
I run mine a s SDR radio. I dont touch it. Under desk. Keeps right up with a 100 watt contester radio for a third of the price!

Posted by n7uvh on February 26, 2012

Yaesu FT-897D
I also use a Yaesu FT-897D successfully in
contests with a 250 Hz Collins IF filter.

Steve - AA5TB

Posted by AA5TB on February 25, 2012

80m sosb arrldx 2012
SX71/BC453 Q5er
ARC5 VFO AF67 keyed exciter 3x 805 PA 600w
half wave vertical

Posted by w7dra on February 25, 2012


Posted by NM3G on February 24, 2012

In conjunction with the VL-1000 its a push and go setup. Quick and easy. Contesting and dxing, great radio.

Posted by K4ZS on February 23, 2012

Run Radio Yaesu FT-1000MP MK V
S&P Radio Icon 756 Pro 3
Field Day/Rt 66 Radio Yaesu FT 897D

Posted by AD6WL on February 22, 2012

Kenwood TS590S
For contesting, we sold our Pro III for a TS590S. I don't miss the thumping (clicking) of nearby QRM in a contest on the Pro III. Amazed at the performance of the TS590S for keeping an awesome clean frequency!
One thing I really want to mention is the excellent customer service at Kenwood at taking the time to answer questions. I was an IC Pro series op from 1998-2011 so making this change was major and they really have pride in this rig- On CW contesting, on a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, out of the box, before any mods, my experience has been:
TS-140- 2
TS-940- 7
FT-950- 7
FT-900- 5
IC 756- 7
IC 7000- 7
IC 756 Pro- 0.1 (awful DSP)
MP-2000- 6 (too complicated for me)
Mark-V- 7
FT-857-0.8 (HF) 9.0 (VHF, hot rx!)

IC Pro III-8 if we only could stay young forever, I would have gotten the Inrad mod-

TS590S-8.5 and improving...It is a dream CW contesting rig and I finally can figure out most of the CAT stuff thrown at me now-

I just wonder how much different life would be if I had gotten the K-3.....

Posted by n0ah on February 19, 2012

I see no need for another radio

Posted by dj7ww on February 17, 2012

Refreshing Diversity
I like the fact that a lot of different rigs are mentioned in the comments, proving that one "great" rig has yet to emerge. I suspect that in ten years or less the rig of choice will be 100% DSP.

Posted by W3ULS on February 17, 2012

TS-850 as secondary rig. Love that K3.

Posted by k3tn on February 16, 2012

TS-850 for many years.
now TS-590 since a couple of months
Both radios have excellent receivers.
Superior to any MP or recent ICOM rigs, in my opinion.

Posted by DJ2QV on February 15, 2012

TS950SDX and a TS940S

Posted by WB9B on February 13, 2012

Icom 7600
Icom 7600

Posted by k6ele on February 12, 2012

Omni VII
So far no one is contesting with an Omni VII. If I want to get involved in contesting does this mean I need to unload my Omni VII?

Posted by K7NSW on February 12, 2012

With the INRAD roofing filter inside, the pro3 is the way to go... This roofing filter can help reduce the third order Intermodulation from multiple strong signals in the 2 to 20 kHz region either side of the tuned frequency. The IMD dynamic range will be improved up to 15 dB for signal spacings from 2 to 20 kHz. Also, the blocking dynamic range will be improved for close in signals. Note that the A-side of the receiver has the narrow roofing filter installed. The B-side still uses only the original Icom filter. Thus a direct comparison can be made by synchronizing the two sides and switching back and forth with the balance control.

Posted by W2NTV on February 11, 2012

I left my pair of Orion II's after operating 160 meters in the recent CQWW CW 2011 test. Didn't want to carry the Orion to C6 (Bahamas) so I used a K3 brought down by another Team Vertical member. After the contest I went home and ordered a new K3 and have not regretted it one bit. The K3 has everything I ever wanted, and it has features I didn't know I needed!

Posted by W6XR on February 11, 2012

I love this radio. Installing roofing filter soon.

Posted by KX2S on February 11, 2012

Best radio ever. Use a US Navigator interface with
HRD/DM780 software, also Scotts' logging software
with some other contests. This radio rocks !! Customer
service is like nothing else, and they all speak
American lol.

Posted by K1DPE on February 10, 2012

Icom 756 Pro II and III
I love the Icoms for Contesting. Plus the similarity of the Pro II and III make SO2R a breeze. The Pro II is the S&P and the Pro III is the run radio. Varible filters work well for different activity times.

Posted by w6rtw on February 8, 2012

FT1000MP & FT990
Solid rigs loaded with Inrad filters and mods.

Posted by K2YR on February 8, 2012

FT1000MP - not at all last millennium performance !
FT1000MP the original.
Key click mod, AGC mod.
Preselectors/band filters for front end.
Some preamps where needed.
INRAD roofing for the 1st IF.
For internal IF stages, all IF filter slots filled with appropriate units.

Jukka OH6LI

Posted by OH6LI on February 7, 2012

Brick wall filters, superb strong signal handling and total
ease of station/computer integration.

This is a VISUAL radio - operating a conventional radio loses
one of your senses. Seeing IS believing!

Posted by k6tu on February 6, 2012

FT-950 / FT-450D/IC-735

Posted by wa3yur on February 6, 2012

The main rig is an old IC-746 with an all band dipole at 30' fed with open line.

Posted by k0tk on February 6, 2012

Yaesu FT-950
2 each @ KL2R. FT-847 for VHF and HF backup.

Posted by N1TX on February 6, 2012

11 Orion's in Multi-Multi environment...Radios are BULLET of the best receivers in the industry and one of the cleanest transmitters move from Yaesu to TenTec for my station. de NQ4I

Posted by nq4i on February 6, 2012

FT1000MK V
You have to find "the zone" with this rig, but when you do, its as good as any out there. I have 2. Won many, low power, and when I don't, I sure can't blame the rig.


Posted by N1UR on February 5, 2012

The Yaesu FT-847 is my main HF, 2m/440MH satellites and CW rig. I also use a SignaLink USB for digital modes.

For VHF, UHF and 900MHz, I use Motorola Spectras.

For 2m packet, I use a Yaesu FT-1500M, TNC-X.

Posted by KF5GTX on February 4, 2012

Works just great for me.

Posted by VE7ABC on February 4, 2012

For CW and RTTY

Posted by w7ry on February 4, 2012

Ft-1000MP with Inrad roofing filter, 2x400hz cw, 2x1.8 ssb. I replaced the wide 2.6 ssb with an Icom FL-44a.

Posted by K1XT on February 4, 2012

Using still good old IC-765 with Inrad roofing filter and sharper CW/SSB filters (replaced).

Rich OK8WW / OM2TW
Member of OL4A & C5A

Posted by OM2TW on February 4, 2012

K3 Rocks!
Absolutely THE BEST radio I have ever used in my life! Kudo's to ELECRAFT!

Posted by k7xc on February 4, 2012

ic-765 w/ inrad roofing filter and inrad sharp if filters.

Posted by k3jt on February 3, 2012

TT Orion I and II
I'll stack either of my Orion's against ANY other radio in a contest, especially in an S02R configuration. Absolutely bulletproof front ends.

Posted by w0pr on February 3, 2012

Quite limited list of radios mentioned on the survey. Mine are FT-1000MP and FT-1000MP Mark V Field both loaded with Inrad filters

Posted by OH6XX on February 2, 2012

I wish I was as good as my K3 /10!

Posted by N0OKS on February 1, 2012

Ten-Tec Omni VI+
Great CW radio!

Posted by N2UM on February 1, 2012

FT-1000MP MK 5

Posted by K0PY on February 1, 2012

FT-1KMP, TS-930S
Both have INRAD roofing filters & regular filters. 930 has PIEXX board. Both work quite well.

Posted by N9CO on February 1, 2012

2 IC 7600's Great radio

Posted by N3MX on February 1, 2012

746 Pro

746 Pro

Posted by N8YA on January 31, 2012

I find this rig to be a very capable contest radio. I have used it in many contests and enjoy operating with it.
I have the matching VL1000 and it makes for a real "push button kilowatt" contest station.

Posted by w1ctn on January 30, 2012

Not the greatest, but for all around contesting from an apartment it does fine.

Posted by k3oq on January 30, 2012

Kenwood Ts-930s
With filters and Piexx

Posted by n1bnc on January 29, 2012

Yaesu FT-897D
I use an FT 897D.
Not exactly a contest grade radio, but it works for me.

Posted by KB3LIX on January 29, 2012

Re: What type of radio do you use for contesting?

Posted by KM4JA on January 29, 2012

IC 746Pro
IC 7000

Posted by VE5ZX on January 29, 2012

The main HF rig: K2/100
The main VHF rig: IC-746

Posted by K2QO on January 28, 2012

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