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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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Old 08-06-2015, 5:35 PM
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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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Good posts... I bought a clean R9K from Universal Radio maybe three years back. Excellent receiver and thankfully much of our vuhf traffic remains analog in the Pittsburgh area. I typically turn off the CRT when in use to extend the service life. Thankfully, the prior owner (s) babied it too, so no issues.

Have to admit I bought a 8600 without much research into it, and actually prefer the 9K for HF. Dunno, guess I remain old skool and prefer knobs with a few buttons tossed it. Yes, it's a great receiver as a Ferrari is a fine automobile, but my well maintained '11 Ford Escape coming up on 155K miles does the job just fine.

Speaking of old, when I feel the urge to knob turn, I fire up the Galaxy R 530. Despite it's age (I was in the 4th grade when she was made), the dial accuracy is utterly amazing with extremely little drift.

Sorry if I deviated from the topic, just had to throw this in.

Do have some technical questions regarding proper setting of the 86's reference level. Default is 0.0 db and wanting to determine what would be a optimal setting. Leaning towards monitoring environment ambient noise levels and type HF antenna.

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I had a long conversation with a man who repaired R9000 receivers back when spooks were using them.
He said they were a PITA to keep right but were excellent in performance. Of course this was long ago. He also called them pigs. They run very hot and experience component aging that is more like the tube era. A seldom used privately owned unicorn would make for a nice gigantic and heavy fun to use piece of gear.
I own a R8500 which is a much better radio in terms of ease of repair and heat management. I would buy a clean used one without hesitation.
I imagine a R9500 would be nice but not for what they are asking. I have a 7410 which is so good for HF and VLF use I am horrified by how capable it is.

Pass on the 9000. Try something newer. I hear the 8600 is nice but I don't have one. I am hesitant to pull the trigger.
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I had a long conversation with a man who repaired R9000 receivers back when spooks were using them.
He said they were a PITA to keep right but were excellent in performance. Of course this was long ago. He also called them pigs. They run very hot and experience component aging that is more like the tube era. A seldom used privately owned unicorn would make for a nice gigantic and heavy fun to use piece of gear.
I own a R8500 which is a much better radio in terms of ease of repair and heat management. I would buy a clean used one without hesitation.
I imagine a R9500 would be nice but not for what they are asking. I have a 7410 which is so good for HF and VLF use I am horrified by how capable it is.

Pass on the 9000. Try something newer. I hear the 8600 is nice but I don't have one. I am hesitant to pull the trigger.
Advice from one having an R-8500, R-9500, and an R-8600: pull the trigger.
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Advice from one having an R-8500, R-9500, and an R-8600: pull the trigger.
Thanks. My choice is complicated by having excellent HF gear already, IC7410, IC9100.
My main interests in vhf and above are currently covered well. Digital P25 phase 1 and 2 are
handled by the TRX2 and SDS100. Airband and trains by the IC-2730A...which is also my favorite
FM rig in the shack for ham use. If it had video decode it would be an easy decision!

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A 70-200 F2.8E and a 200mm F2. After that no toys for awhile.
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I've had the R-8500, R-9500 and now have two R-8600's and love the 8600 every bit as much as the former two. I wouldn't invest in an R-9500 today but I still regret having sold the AOR-AR5000+3 and if I see one in great shape I'd buy it still.
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I tried to duplicate the R9000 coverage back in the 1990's by buying an R7100 (before they were cell blocked) and an R72. As it turned out, the R72's specs were just not that great, but the R7100 was everything it set out to be. I still have both. I'd gladly sell the R72, but I won't part with the R7100.

The sex appeal to the R9000 back in the day was the display. Now that I have an IC-7600 HF transceiver, the R9000's display looks very old school.

I still have an R7100 and the FM/TV decoder. The Stereo FM is really good. Like the fact it does all mode it's entire range as well.
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