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Author Topic: Backup/Travel Rig  (Read 1867 times)
KD0INK
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« on: July 18, 2010, 07:34:48 PM »

I am considering purchasing an older solid-state HF transceivers that would be for backup use at home during threatening weather and compact enough for stationary use while on vacation.   Ideally I would like to keep the cost under $350.  I am fairly new to the hobby and haven't had much exposure to the older solid-state rigs.  I would very much appreciate suggestions on which models would meet my needs.  Thank You.
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W2UIS
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« Reply #1 on: July 19, 2010, 03:42:24 AM »

My travel/backup rig is an Icom 703. 
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AD5X
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2010, 05:19:36 AM »

My back-up & portable radio is an IC-706MKII.  Works great.  Don't know if you can find them for $350 though.
Phil - AD5X
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KZ1X
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010, 07:22:49 AM »

That price point may restrict your choices a bit.  You're talking less-than-ideal-condition IC735, TS430 class radios for that money.  For a new ham, I would not recommend doing this, but I also understand that a larger budget might not be possible.

For backup-/portable use, low power consumption is likely to be a primary goal, since you might be running on batteries.  You should consider the K2 as well as the already-mentioned IC703.  Unfortunately these will probably run 2x what you had in mind.
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« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010, 08:14:51 AM »

If you're a CW guy I can recommend the Elecraft K-1 in that price range.  Its 5 watts, but I have run mine during hurricane Francis on batteries in the dark and worked all over Europe on 40 and 30.  I also have run it ocean side to a portable antenna on batteries and had a blast.  Headphones battery paddle and antenna and you are on the air

73  W9OY
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WB6BYU
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« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2010, 09:09:48 AM »

I know several local hams that keep an old TS-50 round as a backup/portable rig.
Don't know what the current price is, though.
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« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2010, 12:33:23 PM »

An Alinco DX-70 is another possibility. The last one I bought was $395 about five years ago.

I use one mobile and have another as my "drag-along" rig. My backup radios are a TS-430S and a KWM-2A.
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« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2010, 09:44:02 PM »

And there's the Yaesu FT-817.  Only 5 watts transmit power, but very compact.  And 160m thru 70cm coverage, in all modes (CW/SSB/AM/FM).

You can pick one up for about $400 - $450, used.  Not cheap, but fairly recent technology.

               CHarles
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WW5AA
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« Reply #8 on: July 20, 2010, 01:27:31 AM »

I really like my old FT-900AT! I see them for sale all the time for $350/400. With the Collins filters that came standard it is a very good CW rig.. With the DM 330MV power supply it makes for a very compact portable set-up.

73 de Lindy
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« Reply #9 on: July 20, 2010, 01:00:17 PM »

an FT 857 d is only &00 bucks new and usually $500 or so used, and does 2/440/6m and all of 1-160 including 60 m.  a good choice and a great mobile rig, or a used rig like a ic 740 or 735 or many of the older solid state rigs can be had for less than 500 bucks.  check around with your local club and see what is available.

go to  http://arrl.org/find-a-club, type in your zip code and or other pertinant data,and hit enter. this will bring up a list of ham clubs in your local area.  . they all have a contact person and phone number. call and ask about  the next meeting, for an elmer , how do I ....
 
some one will take you under their wing
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KD0INK
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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2010, 07:45:49 PM »

Thank you everyone for the great suggestions as usual.
73,
Craig
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AD6KA
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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2010, 04:12:15 PM »

If you're OK with HF only, I like the
Kenwood TS-430 and the more modern
Yaesu FT-840. Both simply real solid performers
and can be had in your price range.

I lean slightly towards 430 (if it's in good condition).
More room for optional filters, and it
has more "hands on" controls on the front panel.
But these are personal nits, the 840 is great little rig, too.
However....the 430 is getting a little long in the tooth
and parts may be a problem soon. It is built like
a brick, though.

Just my two cents.
Good luck whatever you decide on.
73, Ken  AD6KA
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