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Author Topic: Oldtimer Question  (Read 752 times)
KA9VAA
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« on: February 09, 2004, 12:13:24 AM »

Though I don't like admitting it I am getting old, eye sight is fading and hearing isn't that great either.
Been a ham off and on since 1957. I have 3 complete stations, a kw 520se and all acc, a kw 820 and a kw 830 plus all acc. I would like to get something that I don't have to tune with every band change. I run mostly ssb now that the hearing is not so good. I'd rather have something with a built in PS and have a general coverage receiver and the warc bands, 100 watts is fine (have a old henry 2k). I wonder if anyone has any suggestion, I don't do contesting anymore, just a little talking.
One more thing, I don't have a lot to spend (SS is not much). I prefer kenwood but know little about the newer rigs, just what I read, some reviews of the icom rigs sound good also.

Thank you.
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WA6HYQ
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2004, 09:54:08 PM »

My father just passed away in December of 2003 at 86 years old. About a year ago I bought him a Kenwood TS-570S(g) HF radio. They are easy to use, have a wonderful built in antenna tuner and can be set up for your needs. They cost approximately $1,200.00 dollars BUT DON'T WORRY!

Have someone assist you and clean your equipment making it look as new as possible. Take digital pictures and sell them on e-bay, you will receive the most return there and there are lots of HAMS looking for older gear. Don't let some slick talking local Ham weasel you out of them, they have resale value.
If you don't have the patience for e-bay work through your local HAM club and offer someone 10% of the sale to help you sell your gear on e-bay and have the buyer pay for shipping, that's a normal thing. You may find someone that won't take the 10% and just willing to help, but be cautious of anyone offering to trade a piece of equipment just to help you sell, chances are he/she is getting the best and most expensive piece.

I don't mean to paint a dark picture on this but I've seen it time and time again, an older HAM just wanting to clear out some stuff or upgrade their station and some unscrupulous slickster comes along and takes advantage.

Best to you and if you get the TS-570 you won't be sorry, my dad never was.

73’s,

John


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