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TOPIC: Icom R75 or Eton E1???

Re:Icom R75 or Eton E1??? 5 years 3 months ago #2354

  • Ed Gonzalez
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Gary... Got the R8A.... SWEEEEEEEEETTTTT
Hooked to the Hustler is great.... R8 is the way to go....
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Re:Icom R75 or Eton E1??? 5 years 3 months ago #2355

WOO Ed I just saw this 4 month old post today!
Sorry!
I'm sure your questions have long been answered (or forgotten!) but will e-mail anyway.
73 Warren K2ORS
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Re:Icom R75 or Eton E1??? 4 years 8 months ago #2678

  • VY2PR
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I have an Icom R-75 and a Drake R8. Personally, I prefer the R-75 for ECSS MW DX and general nightime DX. But, for daytime DX, the Drake R8 is a little more sensitive.

One thing to watch with older Drake R8 receivers are the band switching diodes. They can get zapped. Mine has the zapped diodes I think, as powerful distant MW skywave signals pop up where they don't belong. For example, the NYC 50 KWers like WCBS, WABC etc. will pop up on LW and the lower reaches of the SW spectrum. Keep in mind that NYC is 700 crows flies miles from me. No other receiver has this problem, thus tending to rule out antenna issues.

So, for those wanting an R8, keep in mind that you may need to send it to Drake in Ohio or Drake Canada in Ontario for a "tune up". I never bothered as I have so many receivers!

Phil VY2PR
Stratford PEI Canada
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