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Old 08-06-2015, 10:09 AM
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+1 on the Winradio.
And some government agencies I have dealt with have banks of them attached to their network.
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Hello,

I am on my second Winradio G305e. It was an impulse buy years ago at Dayton. I had problems when getting the unit repaired with both the Grove and Radixon repair depot. The receiver has a warmup drift because the microprocessor crystal is used as the PLL reference oscillator. The drift is not bad on HF, but a killer on 800 MHz. The software has bugs and missing features. So given my experience with the G305e, I am not in a rush to buy another Winradio product.

The deal killer for me on the R9000 is the lack of 6.25 KHz and 7.5 KHz tuning steps. I am spoiled by the programmable step feature on the AORs.

For slightly more than a used R9000, I bought a used AOR AR-Alpha around New Years. It also has some bugs, and is "abandoned" like the R9500. It is not totally useless. It does not have the two 4 MHz wide spectrum outputs of the Winradio Excelsior, but I was able to write a EXTIO dll and see 1 MHz of specturm using the HDSDR program. It also has 12 KHz IF output for DRM. The receiver does good on HF, but my main HF radio is a used WJ-8711A. The WJ-8711A is an amazing and beautifully engineered HF radio.

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The fix for 800 on the 7100 took about 15 minutes to do. Very simple.
Solder blob in the keyboard matrix.

Now for the next test how do you do the early AR5000 and AR3000A radios.

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I been monitoring on and off since the 90's and for along time those early years I lusted over the Icom R9000 receiver. I wanted one so bad but a new unit back then was way out of a young mans price range.

Now that I'm older and can swing some major purchases I see R9000s here and there on ebay or other places used of course and for still a nice chuck of change but doable as long as the wife don't find out. But also in the back of my mind I'm wondering is it even worth getting a 15-20 year old tech radio. I can certainly use that money to pay for a new radio for sure, but somehow I don't seem to be as excited over anything else. I still love to have a R9000 that is in good working order that seem to be rare but pop up sometimes I dont look forward to having to replace all the capacitors but will cross that bridge if I get there.

So what you all think R9000 still worth it? still a contender? Or just another old radio that may get little to no use with todays tech and SDRs.

Oh and BTW the R9500 price WTF!

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I just came across this thread and wanted to ask if you ever scratched the R9000 itch?

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I think any IC-R9000 receiver you might find these days would require a lot of internal work, ie; solder joints that would need to be redone, numerous capacitors replaced, and likely a new CRT tube/display.
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BTW, not all 7100's were cell blocked. Mine was before the ECPA and has full coverage. I remember listening to analog cellphones WAAAAY back when. Blocking the cell band is useless now because you can't decode cell phone digital.
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BTW, not all 7100's were cell blocked. Mine was before the ECPA and has full coverage. I remember listening to analog cellphones WAAAAY back when. Blocking the cell band is useless now because you can't decode cell phone digital.

Icom manufactured and sold unblocked versions after the ECPA. The ECPA did not apply to everyone in the U.S. Universal Radio could order you an unblocked version if you were a qualified buyer.
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I have two unblocked IC-R9000s - one with LCD and one with amber CRT. Both still work perfectly after all these years. I also have a replacement LCD display for the CRT model if the amber CRT ever goes out.

I will not get rid of them and I love using them, but I also probably would not buy one today... not with the IC-R8600 out now, which I also have.
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