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Well, my now aging Icom IC-746 (one of the cheaper ones in their line) has all the features I need. Full break-in on c.w.; three instantly resettable frequencies on each band (160 through 2 meters), handy for when you might want to set the tcvr on a pileup but want to go away briefly and come back; nice, sharp optional filters; auto-tuner built-in (once set on a band, you change bands and just send in seconds); AM/FM/SSB/FSK/c.w.; and more if you need it. And many other features.

This is my second unit, by the way. The first one was literally "smoked" by a lightning hit on the antenna years ago, despite being disconnected! The hit VAPORIZED the copper wires in my 450-ohm ladder line, too. I brought some pieces of the "window line" stuff to a club meeting to show how the copper wires were totally gone!

I also have a programmable electronic keyer that I love, as a c.w. op. Runs almost indefinitely on 4 AA batteries. It has three banks of 6 messages each. You program each message by setting it and sending into it. For contests, you can even set it to automatically upnumber the serial number each time, too.


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