When I upgraded to General I didn’t buy a radio right away but I knew what I wanted. When one came available, I had to jump on it. Marv, NØOIX, had a Yaesu FT-857D that he wanted to sell me if I was interested. Marv was my first contact when I got my Technician ticket.
I made many QSOs with the Yaesu and it’s my portable rig. A ham about an hour away had a hard time selling his Kenwood TS-570D and Handi-Ham wasn’t taking equipment so he finally said he just wanted it gone. I acquired this but made the promise that this radio would serve a purpose as a club radio when I would buy a new rig.
The time came when Sarah and I talked about how easy it would be to set aside money for a new radio. I looked at the Yaesu FT-991A but figured I have numerous dual band radios. I started watching YouTube videos of the Icom IC-7300 and fell in love.
I’m not a contester by any means. I am usually chasing parks or summits and I rag chew occasionally. The IC-7300 was a perfect fit for me and still has some of the advanced features found in contester rigs. I also had an interest in working Digital Modes so the internal sound card was a plus.
I could go on and on about this radio but there are enough websites with the details. All I know is that I am one happy Ham. The receive audio is wonderful and the waterfall helps me snag a few QSOs before the pileups start. I even was able to work my first PSK31 contact. PSK31 is a blast and easy to get used to.
I’m very happy with this radio and look forward to working Hams across the world.
(The Kenwood TS-570D was passed on to Dave KEØKHA, who is studying for his General exam.)