IMHO you can't go wrong with either the Alinco or Icom for use as an entry level hf rig. The IC-718 has been around for a long time and there are a ton of them out there so hopefully someone who has one will respond to you. Had looked at the IC-718 myself before buying the DX-SR8T but the Alinco was a bit less money and did everything to meet my needs so went with it. Do a side by side comparison of all the specs and features and go with what you feel is best for you and your style of operation. Ultimately only you can decide what is best for you. Good luck with whatever you choose.Would the IC-718 be a better choice for a entry level hf transceiver?