The RRC system has made radio available to me again and I am pretty happy with the performance. One problem remains – tuning is tough without a real tuning knob. I tried a griffin power mate, but to be honest it doesn’t feel the same. I am blessed with owning three fine radios - the FT-847 has proven to be a sterling performer over the 10 years that I have owned it and several sets of modifications have kept it up there as a decent shack in a box. The Ic-756Pro shows the 847 up on HF and 6m and rocks in HF contests which the K2 combo is simply the best CW radio I have ever used. The tuning problem remains with all of these when using the RRC system. The RRC system supports remote heads for some radios, so perhaps I should be looking at those instead? The obvious option is an IC-706G2 which would provide all the bands, but it would do them all equally badly as it isn’t a great performer. The TS-2000 remote head is also possibility, by M0MCX says that it’s tuning interface is cumbersome and I can see why. That leaves the TS-480, the HF/6 performance is good but no VHF bands. Perhaps I need to look at automating one with some of my existing tranverters?
A few notes on recent radio activity by Steve, M0BPQ.