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Author Topic: HF SDR Transceiver price ranges  (Read 829 times)
KB2FCV
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« on: March 26, 2019, 08:18:38 AM »

A friend and I are looking at SDR transceivers. I see Flex and APache start at 2k plus which is kind of outside the budget.

Are there any new 100w HF SDR transceivers around the $1000 price point? Front panel controls aren't really needed.

Also what used 100w HF SDR transceivers are around the $1000 price point?

Thanks & 73,

James
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« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2019, 10:28:56 AM »

I have seen some used Flex-6300s recently for sale in the $1200-$1300 range.   
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2019, 06:06:29 PM »

I have enjoyed the Flex rigs for years.

Used 6300s are probably one key thing to look for.

But, if that's still above your budget, you might look into the Icom 7300.  It's around 1100 new and you can find some of them used for maybe 900 or so, though I haven't seen a big resale market in any of these rigs.  I've seen some mail in rebates for the new ones, though.

The 7300 looks more conventional, too, which may matter to you.  A lot of folks think they can do without the knobs until they actually try it.  Me, I've managed without knobs since the SDR 1000 days, but I know a lot of hams that can't manage it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2019, 06:05:23 AM »

Direct-sampling SDRs are a big step up from earlier designs.  The Icom 7300 pretty much stands alone in the $1000 category for a 100W direct-sampling radio.  My approach is to get a full-featured direct-sampling QRP radio like the Elad FDM DUO, or the Expert Electronics SunSDR2 QRP.  Prices bounce around a bit, but some good deals are bound to show up as the Dayton Hamvention approaches.  You can always add an amp, but you can't beef up mediocre innards in a radio.  Careful shopping can get you an amp for $300.

I guess I'm a self-declared SDR nut.  Check out my QRZ page (qrz.com) for a video series I just completed called SDR School.

Dave  W8KFJ
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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2019, 11:05:05 AM »

A friend and I are looking at SDR transceivers. I see Flex and APache start at 2k plus which is kind of outside the budget.

Are there any new 100w HF SDR transceivers around the $1000 price point? Front panel controls aren't really needed.

Also what used 100w HF SDR transceivers are around the $1000 price point?

Thanks & 73,

James

You can find a lot of Flex 1500's and a few Flex 5000's in that price rage.  If you want something that has a lot of features without all of the hassle and lack of reliability, the IC-7300 is really the best way to go.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2019, 03:22:54 PM »

The Elad is very wonky in operation.
The flex 3000 and 5000 are ok for the price, I did not like the Flex 6300 as much as the 3000 or 5000 due to the latency.
The 7300 is the best bet in that price range, but it does have some limitations depending on what you want to do with it.

A used Anan is also VERY good, the 100 and 200 b and D radios were very good sdr's.
Very low latency, ethernet interface, fantastic software.
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