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Author Topic: How many radios does it take for a person to have too many?  (Read 55435 times)
W4KVW
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« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2013, 09:05:12 AM »

There is NO SUCH THING as too many radios! That is a silly question.Are you sure you are really a ham operator or a ham operators spouse who has hacked their account?  Wink   Smiley   Cheesy   Grin  }:>)  {:>)  Huh

Clayton
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K1CJS
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« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2013, 05:34:57 AM »

Come now Clayton, there certainly can be 'too many' radios.  How about when the ham has to buy the house next door to house their collection!
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F8WBD
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« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2013, 07:27:48 AM »

More than one is too many. But keep enough ready cash around in the event that the one you have smokes. Then use the money to buy a new one. It will be the latest belled and whistled model (if that means a lot to you). What is the point of having ten, ten-year-old rigs crushing your operating desk?

The above does not apply to cheap QRP rigs, hi.
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KK4QOB
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« Reply #33 on: December 12, 2013, 11:52:28 AM »

New here at eHam, and new to ham radio in general.
I started "acquiring" equipment 2 years before I took the test and got licensed.
Gear was mostly used, and found at bargain prices.
I seem to have always had a knack for finding deals on most anything, and station equipment
hasn't been an exception. What you see is what I "kept" out of bulk buys. Selling what I didn't want or need has kept my actual $ investment very very low.

Somebody mentioned an average of "6" radios?....LOL!

Here's my list...

4 each Yaesu VX-170 ht's (dude had a case of these selling them for $50 each)
1 each Yaesu FT-250r ht
Kenwood TM-G707a dualband mobile
Icom IC-2200h 2m mobile
Icom V8000 2m mobile
Yaesu 817nd
Icom 706mkIIg
Icom IC-275 2m base
Icom IC-475 440 base
Icom IC-737 hf base (added just this week)
Icom IC-718

Other station items...

3 each Icom SM-8 desk mics
Astron RM50m power supply
Astron RS35m power supply
Yaesu 1023 power supply
Vectronics 300DLP tuner/dummy load
Multi-RX audio control box (6 radios to 2 speakers)
817z tuner
IT-100 tuner
Rode PSA1 mic boom w/....
Audio Technica 2020 USB mic for Echolink

DC power from the 50 amp PS runs to a RigRunner 8012 distribution panel, and from the 35 amp PS to a RigRunner 4004-USB panel.

I'm almost finished with the shack room remodel.
Picked up a nice used counter top for $50 and built my own shelf units and painted them to match. Also built a roll out cart to house my computer tower and the massive/heavy RM50m power supply.
My coax and ground wires run in via the 2 sections of grey PVC conduit in the corner, kinda keeps things neat and tidy.

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W4HTH
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« Reply #34 on: December 13, 2013, 06:25:50 AM »

Think of stamp collections, coin collections, money in the bank. you never have enough same with radios!
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W4SEX
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« Reply #35 on: February 14, 2017, 08:37:43 AM »

Hard not to think when you see a shack with 8 of the same model radios, and then think of a ham that cannot afford even 1 HF rig, then something is wrong with society. Sad
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WG8Z
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« Reply #36 on: February 14, 2017, 12:30:53 PM »

When it takes an Excel workbook to keep track of them.

73 de Zed
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N4UE
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« Reply #37 on: February 14, 2017, 01:21:14 PM »

Hard not to think when you see a shack with 8 of the same model radios, and then think of a ham that cannot afford even 1 HF rig, then something is wrong with society. Sad

Hmmmm, distribution of wealth? EBT radios? "You can keep your:  WHATEVER"?
It's called self improvement.......
Let's not get the W6 'snowflakes' panties all wadded up.

ron
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ND6M
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« Reply #38 on: February 14, 2017, 03:03:25 PM »

There is NO SUCH THING as too many radios! ....Clayton
W4KVW

I don't think that is correct,.............. YMMV

https://www.google.com/url?sa=i&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=images&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwi-5bPO2JDSAhUp4IMKHU72Ao4QjxwIAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.w4ava.org%2Fnl%2F2012%2F08%2F19%2Fa-visit-to-the-real-life-candy-store%2Fw9evt-1%2F&psig=AFQjCNHaZ77v5lqx0sehhphPajCAHSyu_Q&ust=1487199639647472
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« Reply #39 on: February 14, 2017, 04:08:26 PM »

    The question is however, which one does he like best???  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #40 on: February 15, 2017, 08:58:12 PM »

 :DYou have TOO many rigs when step over Ham goodies in the shack with the latest and greatest rig to add to the collection, and then you realise , you have nowhere to place it!.. Wink
Or when the XYL comes into the shack, and whilst watching her face you notice it finally dawns on her that she does not quite remember THAT radio with the screen!..
"Where did THAT come from?"--ooh boy, this is going to be good.. Cheesy

Might be a good time to reduce the clutter..

73 de William
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GM1FLQ
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« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2017, 11:47:47 PM »

One radio is one too many for some.
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N3HKN
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« Reply #42 on: February 20, 2017, 02:39:32 AM »

When you are wealthy and want to win contests at all costs.

Multiple fully equipped operating positions, A farm of large antennas on very high towers and a special building to house the equipment. Being at the top of a contest, with like minded  ($$$) people, offers a sense of pride by getting your call sign at the top of a printed page in QST. Perhaps too much equipment is when a small number of these monied stations occupy the top of major contests. After all, it is these contests that form the new foundation for Amateur Radio.
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« Reply #43 on: February 20, 2017, 10:00:51 AM »

When your local storage facility has no more units to rent to you!
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KB2WIG
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« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2017, 10:10:15 AM »



One needs at least 6 radios of approximately the same Mode/Frequency coverage. The barest minimum is 3, 'caus if one breaks, your only one radio from having no radio. And if you have 2 and they both work how do you really know that one isn't broken? Or that it's waiting for your weekend to go on strike?

So too many would probably be around 10.

KLC
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