[Chugalug] To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

Rod rod-lists at epbfi.com
Wed Mar 26 15:06:33 UTC 2014

Ahh Brent I've seen quotes as low as $125 to $150 on the AT-5555 from some  
Now that is not from my current contact. But again depending the quote and  
the shipping it might worth your while.

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.
> -B
> 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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