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Does anyone actually buy $12,000 transceivers?

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W4WVW, Dec 24, 2019.

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  1. N2EY

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    HAW!! That's BRILLIANT!

    At least, a few do.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  2. N0TZU

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    I don’t recall seeing this thought here, so I’ll toss it out: (if I’m repeating what someone has said already, I apologize).

    During times when technology is changing rapidly, there can be very large and real differences in performance between high end and average radios. When technology is more quiescent, not so much.

    Solid state, integrated circuits, digital synthesizers, software control, etc. were all were disruptive to varying degrees. And not only offering more, but at lower cost eventually.

    More recently as DSP started to be added to our radios 10 -15 years ago, the high end difference could be large. Today it has worked it’s way into even very modestly priced radios and the differences are far narrower, and costs were lowered as time went on.

    We are going through another change, this time from superhets with DSP, to full SDR, which has even arrived at the modest end with the 7300.
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  3. N2EY

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    This is a very good point! And there are plenty of examples.

    My favorite is the IC-781. When it first appeared over 30 years ago (!) it was $6000 - which is about $12,267 today. It had features and performance never seen in a one-box transceiver before. Not many were made, but the '781 started trends (such as the built-in front-panel CRT display) and DDS that continue much less expensive rigs! The IC-7300 is well under $500 in 1989 dollars.

    73 de Jim, N2EY
  4. W7IMM

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    You are right!! But most of the differences in performance are largely lost on most of the hams that buy those high end radios.

    Actually I think I might have implied it saying most people (other than Rob Sherwood and others like him) would mostly not notice the differences.

    I do not "dog" the people that own a Mercedes, Porsche, BMW or other high end car. It's certainly their choice and most or all of the people I know with them thoroughly enjoy them and that's what it's all about!

    this really applies to just about all the Hobbies.....there's a LOT of high end expensive stuff for them. They wouldn't be on the market if no one bought them!

    Same with the high end radios I would think.
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  5. N9LYA

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    You may also suppose there are some really cheap hams and they REALLY buy $25 Hts...

    Obviously some hams do buy the $30k Kenwood. or they would not market it!
  6. W7IMM

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    Where do they market a $30k Kenwood? Haven't seen that one.....
  7. AG4RT

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    Me neither. I thought their top of the line was the 990, which is a little more than $7K
  8. AG5CK

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    I seem to remember seeing a $15k kenwood on display at hamcom a few years ago. They either discontinued it, the price dropped or I need to stop sniffing glue.
  9. KE0GXN

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    I don’t believe a 30k beast exists, OM must have suffered a typo....
  10. W7UUU

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    Indeed - the most expensive modern rig I know of would be a fully loaded Hilberling that tops out at around $18,000

    But if you want to look back in time, a Collins KW1 today will EASILY fetch $18,000 to $20,000 and it's just a transmitter! Of course, the buying audience for a KW1 dwindles every single day - there will come a time in just a few years where there simply won't be anyone who even knows what a Collins KW1 is.... and not too terribly long after that, what ham radio even is :eek::rolleyes:

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