Buying a Rig for the Museum

As I’ve reported before, we have been awarded a $10,000 grant by the IEEE for setting up an amateur radio station at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. $3,000 has been allotted for a transceiver. There are a lot of options, so I’m asking for some help.  Here’s some of my thinking so far:

1. Don’t purchase anything and use our club’s IC-746PRO for a while.
PROS:

  • The IC-746PRO is a good performer, and lots of us already know how to operate the radio.
  • Will give us time to try to get a manufacturer to donate a radio.
  • We could use some of the money for other stuff for the shack.

CONS:

  • Ties up the club’s radio at the museum.
  • Technology is not quite as impressive as some of the newer radios, such as the IC-756PROIII or TenTec Omni-7. (The HOM people want impressive.)

2. Purchase another IC-746PRO for the museum.
PROS:

  • The IC-746PRO is a good performer, and lots of us already know how to operate the radio.
  • We could use some of the money for other stuff for the shack.

CONS:

  • Technology is not quite as impressive as some of the newer radios, such as the IC-756PROIII or TenTec Omni-VII. (The HOM people want impressive.)

 
3. Purchase a TenTec Omni-VII.
PROS:

  • New technology, good performance.
  • Has features that will make remote control somewhat easier.

CONS

  • Eats up the entire budget for a radio.

 
4. Purchase an Icom IC-756PROIII.
PROS:

  • New technology, good performance.
  • Impressive display.
  • Price includes power supply.

CONS

  • Eats up the entire budget for a radio.

Sooooo, what do you guys think?

Comments

  1. What about seeing if Ten Tec or Icom would donate one of the advanced radios?

    -Adam

  2. The PROIII is good for show-off but the OMNI7 is better technology – my advice from Scandinavia is to go for the Ten-Tec
    /Kasper 7S7K

  3. Dan KB6NU says:

    Thanks for your help, guys! I’ve e-mailed both Ten-Tec and Icom about making a donation.

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