I love Ten Tec transceivers, but the new generation transceivers are too expensive for me. Icom is a good second, with better prices. Unfortunately they stopped the production of the IC-703. Why? OK, now I will buy a IC-718 with a power adjustable between 5 and 100 watts. QRO... got the devil in me? Icom is seducing me. I know what kind of problems I can expect with 100 watt, trouble. And to have more power and more gain is very relative. When I have 5 watt and wanted to be heard twice as loud than I need 50 watt. Again than I need 500 watt. So the difference between 100 and 200 watt is hardly audible. The difference between 5 and 100 watt is 2 S-points. So what is the big deal?
So this morning I heard calling SV2MAP in the noise on 20 meter and my S-meter stays flat. I call him with my 5 watts USB, and he almost could pick me up from the noise. No QSO... Conditions are poor again, I heard on 20 meter with USB only 2 Russian stations and EA7/G1WUU. With JT65A I heard RA3ICK.
What about the Ten Tec transceiver on the Youtube film: is has a CW decode feature on board. Thats really nice, to bring CW to hams which are not able to copy CW with their ears. I came across two stations who participate in the CQWW CW contest using decoding software. And why not. Purist among us will reject it, but it is a way to bring CW in the spotlights. They could be encouraged to learn it the old way. I use decoding software in combination with my ears. They are perfect partners.