Discussion in 'General Technical Questions and Answers' started by KI4QFL, Aug 9, 2009.
I am not having problems trying to find a cheap 2 meter rig that does SSB. Any ideas ?
Me, I have problems finding them, maybe I'm too cheap.
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.
I am guessing that "not" was not what you meant. (?)
Look to spend more money maybe???
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..
Try finding an inexpensive 432 SSB radio. I think that is an oxymoron..
I know, I have seen some of those.. OUCH
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..
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.
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.
A couple of hundred miles? Feh... ....rookie.....
W0AV - FM29 to EM29: 1010 miles
WB0ULX - FM29 to EN40: 1200 miles (card came this past Monday)
And your antenna system and output power would be??
For the most recent contact? IC-7000 @ 50 watts and an old Cushcraft 215WB @ about 20 feet.
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.
The "array". I've got a NOS Rohn 10 foot tripod that I want to move these antennas to. Some day....
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.
I just worked 1166 miles on 5W and a handheld yagi!!!
Oh wait that was thru AO51 LEO Sat..
Only 1200 miles? Pfffft ... dat's nuttin... Mere QRP work.
...Let me point this bad boy at ya!
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.
::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.