You can get a new HF transceiver, with basic features for approximately $529.00.
+Coverage of All short-wave and HF amateur bands - (DX-SR8T North American /DX-SR8E European and other regions)
+Covers the 160m to 10m amateur bands including 5.3MHz (T-model only) in SSB, CW, AM and FM modes. Output power is 100W SSB/CW and FM, 40W in AM with low and super-low power settings for QRP operation. In addition, the general coverage receiver covers 135KHz to 30MHz in all modes.
+Detachable front control panel - Remove front control panel with large LCD display allowing you to install the radio with greater flexibility anywhere including your car, boat or your shack. (Optional EDS-17 cable required)
+Direct frequency entry via the key pads - While the main dial tunes at the default 10Hz/resolution (adjustable in set mode), the numerical key pads can be utilized for fast direct frequency input, band selection and more.
+Fight QRM with these STANDARD features - Reject unwanted signals with the IF shift. Choose among a narrow filter, a noise-blanker or use RIT/TXIT to stay out of QRM.
+Emphasis on CW Operation - An electronic keyer unit is standard. You're able to receive CW using either upper or lower side of the carrier frequency. Choice of side tone pitch, FULL (QSK), Semi or Auto break-in, split, narrow filter, AGC and RF gain.
+World-class transmit audio quality - A dynamic microphone (T/E models) and a speech compressor come standard for sharp, clear and powerful transmitting audio.
+Enhanced scan modes - Numerous scan modes are available including Priority, Search, Busy, Timed, Memory and Programmed search. Timed scan setting does not require squelch-mute allowing you to monitor data-modes and broadcasts simultaneously with memory search scan.
+Additional convenient features include - RF Attenuator and Pre-amplifier selectable in 4 steps, / 3 TX power output levels with a Super-Low setting (QRP 0.1W~2W variable) / Dual VFO / 600ch memories in 3 banks / Connections for Auto-antenna tuner and Liner amplifier ALC output / Fully independent AF level, squelch, RIT and IF shift knobs / Dial lock and key lock / TX-RX lamp / Alphanumeric display / Auto-power-off / CTCSS encode for 10m FM repeater accesses / Microphone, Headphone and External speaker jacks on the front panel / Large, temperature-controlled internal cooling fan with anti-overheat output power limiter/ High-SWR protection
+EMS-64 (SR8E/SR8T: Dynamic)
+Microphone hanger EBC-7
I own one along with a Yaesu FT-100D and Kenwood TS2000 and it holds it own with either of them. Mine is currently installed as a mobile.
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