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Author Topic: Stucked with older transceivers.  (Read 2991 times)
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« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2010, 03:06:42 AM »

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So I would say stick with older gear if it does what you want.

Agreed. Yes, for instance, you need a new rig if you want FM, and your current rig doesn't have it. But, often it's not the case.

My 15 year old Midland 73-005A 2 meter handheld has a bunch of channels, but it's so hard to program them I just use the K.I.S.S.  principle. It does fine without having features like microtuning IF's. Of course, there's not the pile ups on 2 meters like HF that needs that kind of feature.

And, some older rigs can have things done to improve them, like more sensitive diodes & transistors swapped into the receiver front end to improve s/n ratio, or other filters added. The WARC bands are about the only thing older rigs miss out on, and some of them can be converted to use them as well.

I see things like Collins Linear amps keeping a LOT of their value & demand, considering how old they are.
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