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2 Meter SSB radios

Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KI4QFL, Aug 9, 2009.

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  1. KI4QFL

    KI4QFL Ham Member

    I am not having problems trying to find a cheap 2 meter rig that does SSB. Any ideas ?
  2. KC9IUX

    KC9IUX Ham Member

    Buy one?

    No problem.

    Me, I have problems finding them, maybe I'm too cheap.
  3. K7JEM

    K7JEM Ham Member

    Then count yourself lucky. 2M SSB rigs are usually not all that cheap. The fact that you have no problems in finding them is a good sign. Maybe more on the market now than in the past. That would be my idea.

  4. K7MH

    K7MH Ham Member

    I am guessing that "not" was not what you meant. (?)
    Look to spend more money maybe???:confused:
  5. KI4QFL

    KI4QFL Ham Member

    One of the main ones i find is an MFJ model. Are the MFJ models that good? I know there antennas are awesome..But never seen or worked on one of there rigs?
    I think they run about 269 dollars..
  6. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member

    Try finding an inexpensive 432 SSB radio. I think that is an oxymoron..
  7. KI4QFL

    KI4QFL Ham Member

    I know, I have seen some of those.. OUCH
  8. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member

    Figure at least 250 for a decent 432 SSB mobile rig and add a 100 more for a base radio. I am looking for a IC490A 432 SSB radio to match my IC290A 2M multimode. I got a good deal on my IC290A though, I paid 225 for the radio AND a 70W KLM linear amplifier..
  9. KC9IUX

    KC9IUX Ham Member

    Many Kenwood all mode 2M rigs go for about as much as you might pay for a used, all mode HF rig.

    The Kenwoods are the ones I typically see on ebay, that's why I compare.

    Much more SSB action on HF and it's only a test away.
  10. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member

    Yeah but its simple to make long distance contacts on HF. I get more thrill and satisfaction making a couple hundred mile contact on 2m SSB than I do HF.
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  11. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member

    A couple of hundred miles? Feh... :rolleyes: ....rookie.....

    W0AV - FM29 to EM29: 1010 miles

    WB0ULX - FM29 to EN40: 1200 miles (card came this past Monday)

    :D :D
  12. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member

    And your antenna system and output power would be?? :rolleyes:
  13. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member

    For the most recent contact? IC-7000 @ 50 watts and an old Cushcraft 215WB @ about 20 feet.
  14. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member

    I have an old Hygain loop and 70 watts up about 20 feet. I have 13B2 sitting in the garage waiting to go up when I get the rest of my hardware for the push up mast.
  15. KJ3N

    KJ3N Ham Member

    The "array". I've got a NOS Rohn 10 foot tripod that I want to move these antennas to. Some day....

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  16. KA9MOT

    KA9MOT Ham Member

    I run a Homebrewed Moxon at 20 Feet. Use it allot to talk local (100 miles or less). I have worked a few further away then that.......should have logged them. Furthest logged was WA9KRT in IN. 204.9 Miles. I have worked into NY and PA on 2M SSB. Just didn't think to log it.:eek:
  17. KX0Z

    KX0Z Ham Member

    I just worked 1166 miles on 5W and a handheld yagi!!!

    Oh wait that was thru AO51 LEO Sat.. :)
  18. KC8VWM

    KC8VWM Ham Member

    Only 1200 miles? Pfffft ... dat's nuttin... Mere QRP work.

    ...Let me point this bad boy at ya! :eek:
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  19. KB3LAZ

    KB3LAZ Ham Member

    I had a IC-271H. Mucho issues with it. Darn EPROM went twice. When working it was a good radio though. I would like to have an FT-221R in my collection one day.
  20. WB2WIK

    WB2WIK Premium Subscriber

    ::That looks like Dave W5UN's antenna system for 2m. I visited Dave several years ago and snapped some photos of his stuff back then. The antenna "rotated" by an electric motor-driven Ford truck chassis driving around in a circle on a dirt track abouit 1000' in diameter or so. Slick system, very controllable.

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