Something happened during the COVID year. It appears the Big Three manufacturers (Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu) have abandoned the basic 100 watt HF rig market. The thought struck me as I was perusing the radio offerings on the Gigaparts website earlier today.
I define a 'basic' HF rig as a tabletop radio that cost less than $800 new and covers 80 thru 10 meters and offers 100 watts of output power. The basic rig doesn't have to have a tuner, or a sound card interface, but it should come with a CAT interface. Right now the only tabletop rig for sale that meets this criteria is the 'venerable' (that's my way of saying 'really old') Icom IC-718. This was my first rig when I got my General ticket back in 2002, and it was a few years old even then!
|Icom IC-718. Older than many Amateur Radio operators,|
and still in production
|The IC-7100. The best 'basic' HF rig currently available.|
But for how long?
- Yaesu FT-450D
- Yaesu FT-857D
- Icom IC-7200
- Alinco DX-SR8, and maybe even the DX-SR9
- Kenwood TS-480