Re: [Elecraft_K3] Compare the K3 with the IC-7300
How true, with few exceptions. A Yaesu in class A, if NO ALC or processing is run is quite clean, the ANAN has pre-distortion that helps a lot, but otherwise it has been down hill from the Collins 32S-3. The FT-450 is 29 dB worse on 9th order than the 32S-3.
From: Elecraft_K3@... [mailto:Elecraft_K3@...]
Sent: Sunday, April 10, 2016 2:54 PM
Subject: Re: [Elecraft_K3] Compare the K3 with the IC-7300
I agree with you on the progress in receivers. On SSB they are now *way* better than can ever be utilized as transmitters are way too dirty. Unfortunately on the TX side there has been no progress, just the opposite. Today's solid state transmitters (including Elecraft's) on SSB are *way* dirtier than the tube ones of the past. It *can* be done in solid state. A number of technologies have been suggested but none have been adopted by mainstream companies. It's a real pity.
AB2TC - Knut
Everyone's disposable income is different. As I neared retirement, I bought a house on 10 acres out in the sticks to play ham radio. How crazy is that? If we look at the top radios on my web site, once I get the IC-7851 posted, they are the Flex 6700, the K3S and the IC-7851. Hard to argue one is significantly better than the other. Different architectures: direct sampling, down conversion and up conversation. Price ranges in round numbers $3K to $7K to $14K.
The Apache ANAN is also a good radio and they don't have to pay a dime for software.
Operationally the user interfaces are different, and I know I cannot watch 7 bands at once. I doubt I could do SO2R ! We can now buy a really nice TS-590SG for $$1300, and an IC-7300 for $1500, less if you want to wait a month or two. Lots of choices for radios that all perform well in adverse conditions. Look how far we have come from when the Orion broke new ground in 2003 after 20+ years of mediocre 70 dB radio, and then the K3 in 2008.
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