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Mon Jun 11, 2012 6:27 pm

Hi all,

Thinking about buying an icom 706 mk2, been offered one thats "faulty" as it receives fine but when you TX on 2M it only pushes out 2-3Watts and on HF it drops to milliwatts :cry: :cry: The chap says he paid for it to have its "finals" replaced but the problem is still there and he thinks its on the filter board now and he wants to cut his losses. How hard/much would this be to get repaired? Or is it past the point of repair ?

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Tue Jun 12, 2012 8:25 am

depend's where you send it ring icom for a quote or the short wave shop do icom repairs as well time on the phone can save you cash


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Tue Jun 12, 2012 11:18 pm

Well spoke to icom who advised just to stay clear. So been looking around again :roll: came across a icom 718 looks a very nice rig, £375 looks imalculet and has all boxes ect what do you think about these rigs for newbies ?
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Mon Jun 18, 2012 3:34 pm

good luck with finding a radio matey......but be careful *King*

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Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:42 pm

I know so many rigs that people have played with out there. Waiting for a nice icom 718 to come up :D :D :D
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Tue Jun 19, 2012 9:30 am

hi cam

ncie to see you got the callsign through , and on subject of first radios, i see you looking at the icom 718,
what you might have to consider is what bands you you want to use , as that mentioned radio is hf primarily, and wether you want to buy the vhf/ uhf radio seperately .
then there is the matter of homebasee solely or occasional mobile.
lot depends on costs involved.
amateur radio repairs are expensive, so i tend to stay clear of second hand radios with so called minor faults, ect..
there are a lot of radios on the market depending on ones approach to usage.

i use the yaesu ft857d for mobile use , or you might venture down the 144 / 433mhz route for starters.
whichever way you go , i know you'll enjoy it .
try to stay away fromthe echolinks, ect as real contacts are only made and enjoyed through direct rf contacts through your antenna systems , rather than internet aided lol..

i see a lot of chaps get on the echolink and lose the enjoyment of pulling a contact out of the pileups and lift conditions.
cheers cam have fun

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echo ling is good if you can not put up hf antenna where i am not allowed to put up long wire etc so echo link does me fine horses for courses rely



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stampman wrote:echo ling is good if you can not put up hf antenna where i am not allowed to put up long wire etc so echo link does me fine horses for courses rely



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yes stampman , i agree on the point you make. my comment was mainly based on the amount of people , who have antennaes up inthe air, but choose not to use them much, but spend it mostly on the so called digital modes, ect.
so in some areas it practically deserted for local activity and hence why some repeaters have folded up.
on vhf/uhf in particular.
down our way , there are well over 80 hams , but if you catch 5 on air, your doingwell on s20

i justt think that new people into the hobby , can experience the real side of things (old sshool ) lol
i can still remember my first contacts with a smile l, both on chat and cw...

but i do understand its a hobby made up of lots of bands.modes ect.
i personally enjoy the microwave tv and ssb upto 10ghz..
but use top band through to 10 ghz but only upto 2.4ghz mobile ..
ham radio /cbrad use and enjoy..

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Tue Jun 19, 2012 6:58 pm

jumpingmaster wrote:hi cam

ncie to see you got the callsign through , and on subject of first radios, i see you looking at the icom 718,
what you might have to consider is what bands you you want to use , as that mentioned radio is hf primarily, and wether you want to buy the vhf/ uhf radio seperately .
then there is the matter of homebasee solely or occasional mobile.
lot depends on costs involved.
amateur radio repairs are expensive, so i tend to stay clear of second hand radios with so called minor faults, ect..
there are a lot of radios on the market depending on ones approach to usage.

i use the yaesu ft857d for mobile use , or you might venture down the 144 / 433mhz route for starters.
whichever way you go , i know you'll enjoy it .
try to stay away fromthe echolinks, ect as real contacts are only made and enjoyed through direct rf contacts through your antenna systems , rather than internet aided lol..

i see a lot of chaps get on the echolink and lose the enjoyment of pulling a contact out of the pileups and lift conditions.
cheers cam have fun

73 ' s de joe

Hi thanks for the advice ! I dont really like echo link if im honest Id prefer to make a real contact if you get my drift
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Wed Jun 20, 2012 7:53 am

jumping master
i agree about the air waves not being used our club must have one of the highest through put of licenses in the country but once they have passed you never hear them on the air
so i don't know the solution gb3mp has a group on every morning but after that it goes very quite for the rest of the time

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Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:40 pm

what freqs are you into then cam, i love 40 and 10 and i like to talk to my mates on 2 mtrs and 70 cms :D

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Sat Jun 23, 2012 1:29 pm

10m 20m and 70cms will be my main frequencies when I'm all set up :D :D
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Sat Jun 23, 2012 11:09 pm

some great bands there mate hope to chat with you on 70cm soon *King* :D

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Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:45 pm

Same mate should be on the shrewsbury reapeter next week after my holiday 8) 8) 8)
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HOLIDAY youve only just come back


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