Well after Sunday's disastrous island activation attempt and the death of my much beloved FT-857D, a new radio appeared in the shack this morning. An IC-718 now graces the bench.
While I would have dearly loved to have replaced the FT-857D with another one, I really could not justify the cost. The IC-718 was about half the cost, and although it doesn't have 6m, 2m, and 440, it will do me very nicely for the portable work I do.
The menu system is one that you set and forget. I had Don, VE3MNE, on the air tonight on 160m and we went through some of the settings and sorted out the mic gain. Don says the radio sounds very good, in fact the results were very similar to my FT-950.
I think it's a bit big to actually mount in a go-box which is a bit of a draw back to me, but we will figure something out to protect it while we're operating portable.
This weekend I'm out doing the communications for the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour, and I plan on taking the radio and my Buddypole antenna with me and doing some HF DX chasing in-between the busy times.