[Chugalug] To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs
rod-lists at epbfi.com
Wed Mar 26 15:02:29 UTC 2014
But do they have licensed hams to run them?
I know a few fire stations doing that but no one with a ticket and
running on Public service bands, which is illegal.
On Wed, 26 Mar 2014 10:49:22 -0400, Bret McHone <dbmchone at gmail.com> wrote:
> 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:
>> 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.
>>> 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
>>> I have been hearing good things about the Yeticom Optimas.
>>> 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.
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