[Chugalug] To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

Bret McHone dbmchone at gmail.com
Wed Mar 26 17:04:51 UTC 2014


you may also check with this guy. He runs a CB/Ham Radio shop in Maryville,
TN. http://knoxville.craigslist.org/eld/4377425034.html

Not had any dealings with them but it never hurts to check "local". :)

-B


On Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 11:06 AM, Rod <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:

>  Ahh Brent I've seen quotes as low as $125 to $150 on the AT-5555 from
> some suppliers.
> 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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