Excellent receiver & transmitter! Great audio reports on tailored audio! Great filtering also!
I have owned this weather radio for about one year now and it works flawlessly and has awakened me several times during severe storm warnings.
I purchased a HTX-202 HT used 13 years ago and it is still performing flawlessly today.If you want a real workhorse HT or a good rig for packet radio you can't beat this thing. It's built like a brick!
I purchased my IC-745 used in October 1996 and ran it for 9 years before selling it after purchasing my Kenwood TS-570D. I regret ever having sold it. It has an excellent receiver (every bit as good as my Kenwood TS-570D).My IC-745 had the pancake power supply built in and I later bought an Icom PS-55 external power supply to run it from when the filter caps went bad in the pancake supply=AC Hum. Also after owning it for about 3 years I had to send it off for replacement of the RAM board and 4 trimmer caps in the PLL unit. This is a design flaw in the IC-735, IC-745, and the IC-751A. I wonder what the Icom engineers were thinking when they decided to put the 20 amp pancake power supply in the bottom of the rig considering that heat rises. The constant repeated heating and cooling of the PLL unit resulted in the trimmer capacitors loosening up over time and when they became loose the PLL unlocked.In my opinion this could have been avoided if the power supply had been put in the top of the rig so that it didn't heat and cool every PC board in the rig over & over. I paid around $225.00 for the rig repair to Clif Hollister at Avvid.com and when I got it back it worked like new and still was when I sold it on Ebay in 2007.
I have owned my HTX-242 for 13 years now ( My very first amateur transceiver) and it is an excellent radio. Does 14 watts in low power and 50 watts in high power as measured with a Paradynamics PDC-9 SWR/Watt meter. It works so well that I purchased a second one used at a hamfest a couple years ago. Only drawbacks are the display lights burn out quickly and also a replacement microphone is as rare as hen's teeth to find. The one I purchased at the hamfest has a hum in the microphone which I confirmed by using the mic off the 13 year old one on it and the hum disappeared. I have not been able to find a replacement mic for the second one I purchased used at the hamfest.
I've been running the 570D for 2 years now and find it an excellent rig. I especially like the DSP filters in CW mode and can really tweak the weak ones out of the QRN. Not too fond of the Noise Reduction filters on phone due to ringing, but have heard the G upgrade eliminates this issue.I used it for 8 hours of operation in the 2009 CQWW Phone DX Contest and worked 60 countries in 8 hours and was able to easily filter QRM to an acceptable level even on strong stations operating 1 Khz apart!For a medium priced HF transceiver I think it is an excellent rig and highly recommend it. I use mine on Phone,CW,PSK31,MFSK,and Feld-Hell modes with lots of fun and enjoyment.One design flaw I've read about in the TS-570 Yahoo Group is that the Multi/CH optocoupler knob wears out pretty easy, but it is easily repaired (part costs $8.00).I haven't had that issue because I either operate the rig using the RCP570 Kenwood rig control software or Ham Radio Deluxe software.The RCP570 software allows control of all rig functions,memories,and menus, but I favor Ham Radio Deluxe because I can use my computer keyboard's spacebar for keying the rig. The RCP570 program also has a window for keyboard CW at the speed of your choice. If I ever do upgrade to a high dollar rig I will hang on to this rig as a back up.For the price I don't think it can be beat.I paid 600 dollars for mine along with a Heil Goldline mic on Ebay and have had a blast with it!