[Chugalug] To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

Bret McHone dbmchone at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 14:49:22 UTC 2014

Im just going to save up for the hamfest in june up here that is put on by
RACK (www.w4bbb.org) and try to get a yaesu ft-857d/ft-897d. Ive been told
its not terribly uncommon to see good ones go for about $500-600. Or maybe
one of the equivalent icoms or a kenwood. Granted, I want more than just
10m. Though when I showed my wife the windom antenna I was looking at she
laughed at me when she realized it was 133ft long...

I also found out that my work actually has a kenwood ts2000 ham radio
station for disaster situations. Go figure... im in "information systems"
and we didnt even know the thing existed. All the area hospitals have them
and are building a network of winlink systems for expendient transfer of
complex communications. Its new to me so I have to read up on it.

On Mar 26, 2014 10:30 AM, "Lynn Dixon" <boodaddy at gmail.com> wrote:

> Rod,
> Depending on the final cost, I might be interested.  I liked to DX on 10m
> for the challenge.
> On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 10:19 AM, Rod <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:
>> Until I can fab that circuit board and make my USB linux driven SDR, I'll
>> need an inexpensive 10m rig.
>> Unfortunately the same Software Define Radio revolution has killed off
>> the the single band HF and 6m rigs in the Ham market.
>> If you want 10 meters, or 6M with AM and SSB, you need to by an expensive
>> multi band HF rig.
>> While I am interested in the rest of HF, I don't see the need to buy a
>> radio with capabilities I can't use at the moment.
>> That has led me to the murky world of import CB's. While it is definitely
>> illegal to use these as CB's in the US, it is legal to use them on 10 and
>> 12 meters if you have privileges to do so.
>> I had been looking at the Anytone Apollo 1, sold in this country as the
>> Stryker SR 89MC, for $150.
>> https://www.bellscb.com/products/tenmeter/Stryker/Stryker_SR-89MC.htm
>> While it does AM and FM, it doesn't do sideband. I could use it for data
>> and CW but not phone since techs only have sideband phone privileges.
>> I have been hearing good things about the Yeticom Optimas.
>> http://www.transmission1.net/2011/06/yeticom-optima-ssb-radio-review/
>> Done in short batches and they seem to be of a higher quality than many
>> export CB's. In fact the above article calls them true ham rigs.
>> But they are about $300. And the Grant 2's and Lincoln's  2's by
>> President Electronics which have excellent quality sideband are north of
>> that in price.
>> The only thing I found near that $150 to $200 price range is the AT-5555.
>> Still researching the quality. However I been contacted by overseas
>> suppliers that might be able to give a price break. They also have the
>> AT-6666 and the AT-5555N.
>> So maybe if we get a large enough group we might get a good discount from
>> fair Cathay.
>> Anyone up for it?
>> PS it is programmable by software.
>> http://youtu.be/whrGw-uUtRw?t=3m56s
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