Blog posts, YouTube videos, overwhelmingly positive reviews - and the desire to consolidate redundant functionalities - have all contributed to the upcoming sale of my mcHF and Apache Labs Anan-10E.
I've explained to them, as gently as possible, that they'll need to find employment elsewhere.
[If anyone's interested in either of these, let me know; otherwise, I'll be writing up descriptions and taking photos to post on a 'For Sale' forum after my NewRig familiarization is satisfactory.]
An Icom IC-705 has taken up residence here and I plan to make it earn its keep.
As I learned more about this radio it became apparent that an IC-705 can, in one package, do everything my current QRP rigs do - and more. It does so much in fact, that it's become impossible to not have one.
What I like about both of my QRP radios is the ability to easily go from CW to digital modes with only a single USB cable. The IC-705 does that.
They are both 10-watt radios, as is the IC-705.
The pan display on these rigs has spoiled me - I won't have a rig without this capability and it's clear that a KX4 won't be forthcoming in any unit of time that is comprehensible by carbon-based life-forms like us.
All of the features I like most about my current QRP rigs are more than covered by the IC-705. And compared to those rigs, I'm gaining:
- Built-in GPS for data-mode timing
- More rugged, solid construction
- WX-band receive
- Excellent support
- Recording via SD card
Some readers may remember that I had an IC-7300 about this time last year. I kept it for a month, then sold it. So why an IC-705?
The idiosyncrasies of the IC-7300 were such that I didn't like it for a main rig; but those are easily overlooked - heck, they don't even register on the radar - in the way I intend to use the '705.
Having said that, the IC-705 may even come to do Main Rig duty here as there are many occasions that I don't want to take the time to boot up the Flex just to check the bands. It'll be nice to have a radio that turns on with a simple flip of the switch.
And, with the Hardrock-50, the IC-705 will be a 50-70 watt rig when I want/need it to. And with the KPA-500, it's a 170 watt rig.
So there ya have it: Financial justification in a few coffee-fueled paragraphs, early on a frosty morn.
Two weeks to flatten the (learning) curve and the others will then be for sale.