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Author Topic: HF rigs  (Read 1214 times)
HEADSHOT119
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« on: August 08, 2009, 09:05:08 AM »

I've got access to VHF/UHF, but i'm wondering what to go for next, anyone got any suggestions as to cheap second hand rigs that would either do 10/6m, or 20/40/80.

Cheap being under £200 ($330)

And yes I do have a callsign.

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KB9CRY
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« Reply #1 on: August 08, 2009, 04:24:26 PM »

HF is most fun.
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #2 on: August 08, 2009, 06:20:06 PM »

Chat up the locals if you can since you'll probably be looking for a deal in the U.K. and not in the U.S.

But here in the States, there are many HF rigs that can be bought for $300 or so.

Remember the antenna is the biggest part of the station: A $300 rig or a $10,000 rig both work exactly the same if the antenna system is lousy.

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WB5JEO
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« Reply #3 on: August 09, 2009, 06:40:54 AM »

Everyone has their favorites, but I'm fond of the Kenwood hybrids as robust radios that are plentiful on the used market at very reasonable prices. Tube finals, so you do have to tune after a significant frequency change, but that's not nearly the burden it may seem to someone who's never known anything but solid state finals. These radios are all from the 70's and 80's but they're still running along fine today. They are quite solid. You can find them from well below your budget to just above.

I think all this is true for the other quality manufacturers, too. Research the models and read up on the reviews, just to see if there are any known problems that tend to turn up late in life. You can look through the Kenwoods at: http://www.k4eaa.com/about.html

And I strongly second the comment about antennas. This does not mean that you have to spend a lot of money. You can put up good HF wires cheaply and build excellent verticals for not much more. Some effort put into the aerial will make or break any rig.
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KG0MW
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« Reply #4 on: August 09, 2009, 01:38:47 PM »

Hey thanks for the comments on the hybrids. After 6 years away from the hobby, I am building a station from the ground up. The older KW's like the 520 and 530 really peak my interest. I want a great sounding and performing rig while not spending a bunch of cash. I have owned many radios in the past and there is just something about the older KW's that sound sooo good.
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KB3RHV
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« Reply #5 on: August 09, 2009, 01:56:23 PM »

If you have a foundation license, you may want to to see if you can find a good used FT-817ND. It will give you all the bands from 160M to 70CM.

I bought mine for 400$ used with all of the accessories form a local ham.

If you do want just an older HF rig, there are plenty out there. But there are few things going with this route.

The first is you will not get 6M with most older rigs and some operating modes.

The second is condition! Make sure you try it out before you buy it.

I would also recommend that you hit the RSGB website and see what clubs are close to you and contact them about any used rigs that might be for sale and if there are going to be any ham fests happening in the near future that might have radios for sale.

http://www.rsgb.org/
http://www.rsgb.org/local/
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N2UGB
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« Reply #6 on: August 09, 2009, 06:25:42 PM »

FT-817ND a good choice, though I'm prejudiced, hi.

If I'm not mistaken, the UK Foundation license allows operation on many HF frequencies with a 10 watt power maximum permitted. Lots of Foundation operators working HF DX.

Put up the best antenna you can.

73
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HEADSHOT119
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« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2009, 02:16:13 AM »

YEh I'm limited to 10 watts, but I get all the bands and modes apart from 10M.

Might get the 817, are there any cheapish amps to take it up to 50Watts when I pass my intermediate in the fall?
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KB3RHV
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« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2009, 04:38:36 PM »

Yea, there are several out there that were built for the 817.

http://www.hfprojectsyahoo.com/hf-packeramp.html

http://www.thp.co.jp/english/hl_45b_e.html

To find more, just google "ft-817 amplifier"
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