> To get on HF, you need a rig, power supply,
> antenna tuner, SWR meter and plenty of wire and
> cable to get a decent antenna up. That's a lot.
> And if you add proper grounding it get's even
> more complicated and expensive. How did people
> do this in the past?
Often by constructing our own. As a 14 year old
Novice, I bought a second hand receiver for $75
(a Heathkit Mohawk), and built a homebrew
> What about kits? Radios are so complicated
> now that it seems nobody can build one
> inexpensively any more.
They are only complicated if you choose to
make it so. They can also be relatively simple.
> How do you overcome the expense of getting on
> the air in the HF realm?
Try a direct conversion receiver, coupled with
a simple crystal-controlled transmitter.
For a receiver, I like the Ten-Tec TKIT 1056
I built one for 40 meters, and it works very
For a transmitter, Dan's Small Parts and Kits
has a deal on the Cubic Incher kit (40m or 80m)
You'll need a few crystals, which are available
and there you go; you can be on the air