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Author Topic: Best, most modern transceiver for under $500?  (Read 12701 times)
AI4HO
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« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2013, 11:25:26 PM »

Have you considered the Kenwood TS-450S?  They are older, still can get parts, has decent selectivity, can be set up for CAT control, digi modes.  Has a hell of a receiver, and probably one of the best auto tuners I've had the pleasure to use.  Since going to resonate antennas I don't need the tuner as much, except when I use my G5RV.  The 450S is still a contender, don't count it out, and can be had in good to great shape for $500 or less.  I bought mine this past spring, with the MC-60 desk mic for $500.

Had the TS-130, not a bad rig, good for field day, a bit long long in the tooth for my tastes, you might even consider the TS-440, another decent rig.  Or, maybe save a bit, and get that couple hundred extra, get a bit newer rig, The TS-480SAT is an outstanding rig, I use its big brother te TS-480HX 200 watts as my mobile rig. Only difference is the SAT has the internal tuner, the HX is 200 watts, both have the same guts, hell of a rig to be sure.  Even that new Alinco SR8T, from what I've read isn't a bad deal either, lots of choices, good luck.

73 de Mark
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AF5CC
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« Reply #31 on: November 02, 2013, 11:10:56 PM »

I would look for an Icom 706mKII or MKIIG.  You get HF plus 6m plus 2m all modes, and even 70cm in the MKIIG.  They come with a built in keyer, and both can have DSP (standard in the MKIIG).  Easy to get filters for them, and easy to install the filters.  They are a heck of a radio for that price, and not many issues with them.  The Yaesu FT100D is also a great radio for the price if you find one with the needs mods done to it.

John AF5CC (Icom 706mKII owner)
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N4GKS
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« Reply #32 on: November 06, 2013, 04:19:14 PM »

I don't think it will be too long before China follows their dirt cheap ht's with an HF rig for around $300-500. Japan will go into full panic mode.
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W4KYR
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« Reply #33 on: November 06, 2013, 06:53:25 PM »

I don't think it will be too long before China follows their dirt cheap ht's with an HF rig for around $300-500. Japan will go into full panic mode.

There is a manufacturer is making HF walkie talkies, a mass produced HF rig for under $500 is not out of the realm. Already there has been an 10 watt HF rig selling for $299 and $399 called the KN-920. But it is in limited release.

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,91651.msg702026.html#msg702026

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« Reply #34 on: November 13, 2013, 12:14:50 PM »

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