Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by DEE » Tue, 02 Mar 2004 23:38:01

I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

Thanks

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Joe Strai » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 07:36:04


I have one and use it daily (RX 320) and log quite a few stations with a
modest antenna, but the DX 398 and Grundig R350 are fun to use in another
way, so dont dedicate your listening to computer-drivem methods.

There is a thrill tune tune it in yourself with a KNOB instead of as mouse.
Both radios RX 320 and REAL radios seem to acquire signals with equal
facility here.

Yodar

Yodar

Quote:> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

> Thanks

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by B » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 09:09:25


> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

> Thanks

Dee,

Although I have other hign end receiver such as JRC. I recently
purchased the RX320D. Very pleased with it's performance.
It does have in my opinion offer a good value for the money
and competes with Drake and JRC.

BW

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Bill Henness » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 07:37:14

Go with the Ten-Tec.

Bill, N5NOB

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Marvin Rose » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 10:57:49

If you're going to use an outside antenna with
the RX-320D, the "possibility" of static electricity
buildup can "possibly" hurt the 320D as well as
the computer.

Quote:> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

> Thanks

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Charles Gille » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 11:31:36


> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.

I have and use both radios.  Bought the R75 after getting "knob envy" using
the RX-320.  The Icom CAN be computer-controlled wonderfully with free
software (Ham Radio Deluxe) and the addition of a standard DB-9 cable.  The
R75 costs $450 and can also be used WITHOUT a computer... perhaps an
important point.  If you get the RX-320, prepare to spend more money to
replace your CRT with a less noisy LCD monitor, as shielding seems better
on the Icom.

In my direct comparisons, the RX-320 performs about as well as the Icom
(except  on long wave and the lower MW BC band) and its many filters are
quite useful.  OTOH, the Icom adds defeatable AGC, RF gain control,
terrific noise reduction and blanking, and auto notch filter, plus a 2-
stage preamp... all of which make the R75 a much more "serious" receiver.  
It also has twin passband tuning controls, which work nearly as well as the
RX-320 filters.  I often prefer the "punchy" audio of the R75.

You _can_ tune the RX-320 with a knob (Griffin PowerMate) but it will cost
you another $40.  

Now that I have both, I would rather keep the R75 if I could sell the RX-
320.  The R75's many added features and ability to be used manually more
than make up for its higher price.

In either case, these radios are useless unless you can get shielded coax
outside your house to a real antenna far from your computer.  With the R75,
you can turn off the computer (or at least the CRT) whenever you want.

Buy the Icom and download Ham Radio Deluxe (get the latest beta version)
and you won't be disappointed.  The RX-320 is cheaper and "DRM-ready" but  
computer noise can be a problem.., I have RF chokes on all the cables.  If
you are very interested in CW, the RX-320 is fine and some extra shareware
can add DSP filtering.  The RX-320 is worth the money, but shortly you
might be kicking yourself for not getting a real radio like the Icom
instead of a virtual one.

BTW, both radios can use the free ILGS shortwave database... without which
program listening is just fumbling in the dark.  Once warmed up and
calibrated, the two radios are about equal in stability and display
accuracy down to a few Hertz.

--
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Charles Gillen -- Reston, ***ia, USA

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Brian Denle » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 12:18:16


> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

> Thanks

Dee:
While I own and very much enjoy the RX-320, the R75 is the better receiver
for DX work.  Both will tune in 1 Hz increments and both are plenty
sensitive enough.  For strictly AM program listening, the RX-320 playing
through your PC sound system will have better audio.  The R75 is a better MW
radio unless you mod the 320 and, as I said before, has better DX tools.
Both radios work very well in manual ECSS mode.  The 320 has no sync
detector and the one on the R75 is nothing to write home about.  The R75
does have a noise blanker and notch filter, while the 320 lacks those
features.

The RX-320's strength is the 32 excellent filters - all included in the
basic price.  My RX-320 plays through a Timewave 599zx and works well for DX
but that's not a fair comparison

--
Brian Denley
http://home.comcast.net/~b.denley/index.html

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Mark Kei » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 14:05:18


> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

> Thanks

Both seem to be pretty good. But ya got to remember, if you go the PC
radio, you gotta have a PC everywhere ya go. At least a laptop...With
the r75, it can go anywhere, house, portable, even mobile, and needs
no PC connection. I have no problems with a PC connection, but overall
I'd prefer a stand alone radio for a 1st radio. But if you know for
sure that you will always be at home next to the puter, I guess it's
your call. It's possible the tentec may have some filter advantages,
but I'm not sure. I'd probably go the r-75 myself...But I don't like
to be always tied to the puter. I run my little IC-706mk2g on the
puter at home, but I can still use it like a normal radio elsewhere as
it's self contained with it's own faceplate, etc... MK
 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Gray Shockle » Wed, 03 Mar 2004 15:29:10

On Mon, 1 Mar 2004 23:05:18 -0600, Mark Keith wrote



>> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
>> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
>> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
>> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
>> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
>> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

>> Thanks

> Both seem to be pretty good. But ya got to remember, if you go the PC
> radio, you gotta have a PC everywhere ya go. At least a laptop...

A $99 Palm will work, also.

/gray/

Quote:> With
> the r75, it can go anywhere, house, portable, even mobile, and needs
> no PC connection. I have no problems with a PC connection, but overall
> I'd prefer a stand alone radio for a 1st radio. But if you know for
> sure that you will always be at home next to the puter, I guess it's
> your call. It's possible the tentec may have some filter advantages,
> but I'm not sure. I'd probably go the r-75 myself...But I don't like
> to be always tied to the puter. I run my little IC-706mk2g on the
> puter at home, but I can still use it like a normal radio elsewhere as
> it's self contained with it's own faceplate, etc... MK

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by John Jenki » Thu, 04 Mar 2004 01:39:20

How about a WinRadio?

> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

> Thanks

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Davi » Thu, 04 Mar 2004 02:11:05

Not if you use some form of transformer with all conductors at DC
ground.



>If you're going to use an outside antenna with
>the RX-320D, the "possibility" of static electricity
>buildup can "possibly" hurt the 320D as well as
>the computer.


>> I thought I had my mind all made up to purchase an Icom R75.
>> Then, a friend turned me on to PC controlled radios such as the
>> TenTec Rx-320D.  Now I'm on the fence again.  PC controlled seems
>> to offer a lot of bang for the buck.  These two radios in particular
>> seem like comparitive values.  I'd appreciate the groups input,
>> especially if you've acutally used the two modes.

>> Thanks

 
 
 

Tabletop (R75) vs PC controlled (320D) Opinion

Post by Brian Denle » Thu, 04 Mar 2004 11:36:41


> How about a WinRadio?

The G303i is a very nice receiver but it costs much more then the Ten-Tec.
You'll pay $500 to $600.

--
Brian Denley
http://home.comcast.net/~b.denley/index.html