Kenwood TS-140S, Kenwood TS-50S, Yaesu FT-840 and Icom IC-725. The
two vying for my choice are the TS-140S and FT-840. Areas
of interest are:
-How would these rank as receivers, in terms of selectivty, dynamic
range, sensitivity, etc. ? I do a lot of shortwave listening,
mainly on AM, but sometimes on SSB, so the quality of the receiver
is important. How would the receiver on these rigs compare with, say
a Kenwood R5000? Do I really need to get extra filters for my kind of
-How do these compare as transmitters?
-Does any rig have any serious deficiencies or lack of an important
feature (e.g. lack of a VOX, if that's considered a deficiency)? Or,
are all these more or less the same?
-How easy is it to operate these rigs? How good is the supplied
-How reliable are these rigs? Does any have well-known quality
control problems? How good is the service from Kenwood (in
Canada or the US), Yaesu , and Icom (in Canad or the US) ?
-For the Canadian readers, what are your experiences with the
ham shops in Ontario and Quebec? I am especially interested
in your experiences with Elkel, Norham, Atlantic Ham Radio,
Radio Progressif, and Macfarlane.
-What is the recommended power supply for each (20A, 13.5 v?)? I
believe an Astron RS-20 supply would work with all.
Any further information would be appreciated.
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