[Chugalug] To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

Bret McHone dbmchone at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 15:17:34 UTC 2014

The radios will be manned by members of METERS which is the local
ARES/RACES group. They have hams who volunteer and they run a monthly net
between all the hospitals for practice and to check the hardware. I think
we are going to have to upgrade our antennas and they are getting another
ts2000 to put in.

I am just finding out we actually have a few other licensed hams, including
a couple of our directors. Good stuff :)

On Mar 26, 2014 11:03 AM, "Rod" <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:

> 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.
> -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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