This past weekend, I posted the first of several surveys on QRPer.com asking:
“What QRP radio do you tend to use the most in the field?“
The responses started flowing in immediately and within the first day we had already accumulated over 400 votes.
I turned off the survey this morning at 5:00 EDT with a total of 696 responses.
Here’s a pie chart showing the top 26 results in the survey. To see detail, you will need to click on the image below (or click this link) to enlarge it in a new window:
The top choice was the Elecraft KX2 which received 131 votes. I’ll admit, this was my top choice, too.
The KX2 is the most compact, full-featured radio currently on the market. I know of no other radio that weighs less and is smaller in size that also sports options for an internal battery and internal ATU. It’s also one of only about five radio models on the market that has a built-in microphone.
The KX2 is one of the pricier QRP transceivers on the market, so in that sense, it did surprise me that it was number 1.
The Yaesu FT-817 and FT-818 series transceivers took second place with 105 votes.
Since this radio enjoyed one of the longest production runs in the history of amateur radio–and the price floated around $650 US new–we shouldn’t be surprised. It has so many good things going for it; click here if you want a deep dive into why I think the 817/818 is a fantastic field radio.
The Icom IC-705 took third place with 101 votes.
The IC-705 is an incredibly versatile radio as well and it packs some serious performance! It’s also one of the priciest QRP radio on the market at around $1,400 US. Click here to read my full review of the IC-705.
These are only the top three radios–check out the full results below to see how the top ten ranked among a total of 48 entrants.
If you would like to see the actual number of votes for each of the 48 radios in this survey, click the link below to load the rest of the page:
#1 The Elecraft KX2: 131 votes
#2 The Yaesu FT-817 or FT-818: 105 votes
#3 The Icom IC-705: 101 votes
#4 The Elecraft KX3: 80 votes
#5 The Xiegu X6100: 40 votes
#6 The lab599 Discovery TX-500: 38 votes
#7 The (tr)uSDX: 29 votes
#8 The Xiegu G90: 27 votes
#9 The QRP Labs QCX-Mini: 15 votes
#10 Tie Between the Mountain Topper MTR-4 series and Venus SW-3B: 13 votes
The following were all below 1.7%
- Penntek TR-35: 12 votes
- Pentek TR-45L: 11 votes
- Elecraft K2: 9 votes
- Elecraft KX1: 8 votes
- Xiegu X5105: 7 votes
- Mountain Topper MTR-3 series: 6 votes
- YouKits or Ten-Tec Branded 2-4 band CW QRP Transceiver: 5 votes
- QRP Labs QCX: 4 votes
- QRP Labs QDX: 4 votes
- FX-4C, FX-4CR or FX-4L: 3 votes
- Icom IC-703: 3 votes
- M0NKA mcHF: 3 votes
- Xiegu G1M: 3 votes
- Xiegu G106: 3 votes
- Elecraft K1: 2 votes
- Flex Radio Flex 1500: 2 votes
- SGC SG-2020: 2 votes
- Ten-Tec Argonaut series: 2 votes
- uBITX transceiver (any model): 2 votes
- Midnight Design SDR Cube: 2 votes
- CommRadio CTX-10: 1 response
- Homebrew QRP Transceiver: 1 response
- Penntek TR-25: 1 response
- uSDX (not DL2MAN design): 1 response
- MFF 9200 with all plugins: 1 response
- Radio-Kits MKARS80: 1 response
- AT Sprint II: 1 response
- Wilderness Radio Sierra: 1 response
- The Mountain Toppper 20/40: 1 response
- The ATS-3B (a 6 Band Mountain Topper Precursor) : 1 response
- The Mountain Topper MTR-5B: 1 response
More QRP radio surveys on the way!
Stay tuned as I have quite a few QRP radio survey questions in the works.