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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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CW contesters: What radio do you use to contest on HF CW?
  Posted: Feb 23, 2001   (969 votes, 31 comments) by W4AN

Survey Results
FT10000MP MK-V or D 31% (301)
Kenwood TS-940 5% (52)
Kenwood Other 21% (206)
Icom 765 / 761 7% (70)
Icom Other 13% (125)
TenTec 12% (113)
Other 11% (102)

Survey Comments
HF CW Contesting
TS850 by far.

Posted by N5LB on April 21, 2001

AM I the only one using a TS-870? I like
it but maybe I would like something else
better? I have a TS-940 with cascaded
500 hz filters but still favor the TS-870
for some reason. Bill WS4Y

Posted by Anonymous on March 10, 2001

TS 850 is the best
More than 7 years I am using the radio on CW and SSB contest and can compare only with some Icoms previously used. I am very happy of the 850.

Posted by Anonymous on March 5, 2001

CW contest rigs
Currently I use a ICOM 737 as my main rig for CW and it does OK, but my Ten Tec Corsair blows it away it terms of QSK. I had an OMNI VI for seven years and it was awesome as well. I've played with the Kenwood 850 and it seems to do well.

I'd like to sit down with a 756 PRO or Mark V and try one of those out.



Posted by Anonymous on March 4, 2001


I've used many of the radios listed in
the survey and the TS-850 has always been
my favorite.

Posted by K3CT on March 4, 2001

I bought mine new in wayback when and despite trying out several later radio's the 950SDX with 500Hz Filters takes the biscuit particularly on LF and large antennas.

Posted by g3lzq on March 4, 2001

TS 430-s
My TS430-s,
i am so happy with this old, but very
good trvc and there is no reason to by
another one. It is not the tranceiver but
the spirit to do so.

Posted by PA0FLE and see you in the contest.

Posted by Anonymous on March 4, 2001

Good Op > Good Radio
With my FT-920 and home modifications to cascade INRAD filters, 300' longwire and only wire antennas I did 1.24meg in ARRL CW!
You don't need an MP to place....

Posted by Anonymous on March 2, 2001

Have been using various radios in contests past years, but FT1000MP seems for me as best choice. For DX-ing great too.

Posted by Anonymous on March 2, 2001

Looking es wishing
Been using an Icom 751A for many years. It's
great, but my hearing isn't, so I'm dreaming
abt a new rig with a great IF DSP receiver.
Anyone want to give me an opinion/report on
the Icom 746 direct at:

Posted by Anonymous on March 2, 2001

Contest Radio
I like the Icom IC-781 and the IC-765. I have also used the Yaesu FT-1000D and MP and think they are pretty good too but I don't like the computer interface troubles I've experienced with them.
A better question asked should have been what manufacturer and then what model radio folks are using for us to get a clearer picture of which rigs are the most popular choices.
Marty, W2CG

Posted by w2cg on March 1, 2001

Long Live the TS850
I've been a SSB contester most of my life, and love my 850. I op'd this past ARRL DX CW and the 850 did a fantastic job; even for someone like me without great CW ears. The rig is easy to use and all the controls are easy to get to (except vox controls).

Posted by Anonymous on March 1, 2001

CW radios
To mix all models of some brands with specific models of other brands produces survey results without statistical validity. It should have first been brand alone, then models of the top two brands the next week. My primary is a Kenwood '930 w/ PIEXX; my FD/portable radio is a Ten-Tec Argosy.

Posted by k3yd on March 1, 2001

What about my other radio?
I use a TS-850S with 400-Hz Inrad filters, and an FT-1000MP with Inrad filters. This has proven to be an excellent combination for SO2R CW contesting!

Posted by k2ua on March 1, 2001

No TS930 category??
I would have thought that given the TS940 category, there musht be shome mishtake, it ought to have been TS930, which seems to be well respected by CW ops world-wide. The Voodoo guys use a few. I use a 940 anyway, but it's beginning to show signs of age. Just like me. I like the 850, when I've used it. Don't like the FT1000MP for some reason.

Posted by gm4aff on February 28, 2001

My TS-940S plays very well, and with the 599Zx... Even better. I used my TS-440S many years before obtaining my 940. Both great rigs.
Ya gotta make do with what 'cha got. Would love one of the new MP's or D's, But, with the 3Ele@30' w/100W handicap, I may not score BIG, but I do have FUN.
Vry 73, Wes

Posted by W3SE on February 28, 2001

Icom 775
Where is my beloved 775?...with "other Icom" I've got two of them and love em.

Posted by k4xs on February 27, 2001

I love my TS-850. Especially on CW. This past ARRL DX CW test, I bagged 48 countries in about 10 hours of casual operation on 40 meters only, with a Carolina Windom (a wire antenna) up at only 30 feet.
It's a great CW contesting rig which interfaces well with CT also.

Posted by KZ1A on February 27, 2001

CW rigs
I find this particular survey rather interesting. I think the intent is to group certain
radios in categories that are prone to key clicks and other flaws. Just my guess.
Peter WW2Y

Posted by Anonymous on February 27, 2001

We use Yaesu FT900AT

Posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2001

I operate some SSB and I can say that the TS-850
is a very fine SSB radio. If you like the 930 on SSB you
will be very happy with the 850. I also find the receiver
to be quieter that the 930.

The TS-850 seems to be a fine CW radio as well - I really
like it - I have two.

Posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2001

Good or bad .... ?
How many tried the rigs running parallel
for having comparable conditions ?
THIS would give realistic estimates,if that ever would be possible because of the different point of views (DX, Contest, CW, SSB, normal or worse band conditions /antennas). But the biggest problem is that 99 % of (proud) owners of a
"super de luxe " 6000 bucks rig never would be so honest to themselves that their expensive rig is just a big bullsh... !
I am running older TenTec`s and JST and found nothing new what justified the triple price and giving so less of additional profit

Posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2001

contest rigs
A rather slanted survey. The 1000mp, MkV, and D are lumped together, yet the Kenwoods and Icoms are broken up. Have you ever had a statistics class?


Posted by Anonymous on February 26, 2001


Posted by Anonymous on February 25, 2001

Better by manufacturer
A bit strange to compare some very old to new transceivers or selected models to full lines of other manufacturers.
Why models of different nature, price and performance are put togheter and others very similar (i.e. 930 & 940) aren't.
A number of very good or very popular transceivers are totally missing.
Just to point it out, in Europe the weight of FTs to ICs and TSs would be reversed.

Posted by i4jmy on February 25, 2001

I'm with K9GY on that one. My TS-930 still does a great job on CW, particularly with the PIEXX microprocessor board. I'd also like to hear specifically about people's experience with the Omni 6+.

Posted by N4ZR on February 25, 2001

How Many 756Pro's??
Too bad the survey didn't have a box for the IC-756Pro - nice to know if it's catching on at all as a contest rig.

Posted by Anonymous on February 24, 2001

I've used my TS-850 for nearly 9 years and like it. The lowest filter squeals with static, but no serious problem. I personally like the IC 781 a bit, but it's a pretty complex radio.

Posted by Anonymous on February 24, 2001

at the moment i am using a FT-890 which I really don't like
that much. my dream-radio is a TS850, followed by FT1000
MP, TS930 and K2 ...

Posted by DJ1YFK on February 24, 2001

No 930 choice?
Geez, that's a slap in the face to CW ops that one of the
choices isn't the famous Kenwood TS-930s! Whaaaat's
up with that? I hear the TS-850 is also good on CW but not
so good on SSB? I got tired of taking my 930 for repairs at
AES. I can't find an equivalent modern radio that is as
good as the 930...any thoughts?

Posted by k9gy on February 24, 2001

Not by choice...
All I have access to at the moment is a Kenwood TS-440, so I'm kind of stuck. If I had a choice, I'd have an MP or MP Mk V. They rule :)

Posted by KL9A on February 23, 2001

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