Originally Posted by boristhebold
Rule of thumb is fit the best you can afford, it may save your life.
Alternative in my opinion would be fit a half decent one but spend the saving on the aerial and connections, quality aerial 1m+ in height and use decent cable and gold connections done properly.
Agreed... but only up to a point.
"half decent one" is a rather variable and indistinct standard which can mean anything or nothing to everyone else because we all have a different perception of precisely what the term 'half decent'
means. Luckily, within the current context, beamishken
had asked about the value of SH (Yaesu) compared to Icom.
In the world of Ham radio, you will find proponents of both the Icom and Yaesu brands but they will be clear that either manufacture will make something within their ranges to serve any need. They are both top quality manufacturers and the life saving abilities of either brand of kit are not in doubt.
In the days when I dabbled in Ham radio, either brand would be considered top drawer. e.g. Check out the attached image of the £6k HF base station from Yaesu. Any company producing this type of item will not be found wanting in any department when selling their own goods under another name.