HF that doesn't need a mortgage loan

Discussion in 'On-Air Operations - Q&A' started by ND5F, Mar 1, 2017.

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  1. K8TUS

    K8TUS Ham Member QRZ Page

    The FT450D really works well and is very easy to use. I think the extrrnal auyo tuner woukd tune up a brick. Radio/power supply/automatic tuner and dipole for just a little over a grand Can't beat it.
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  2. KC1DR

    KC1DR Subscriber QRZ Page

    Spend some time looking at your antenna options and it is not necessary to try and buy something that covers every band. I have a LNR Quad that works well for me. As far as a radio is concerned, I decided anything I would buy used had to be from someone local so I could see it operate before I purchased it. Ended up with a ICOM 7000 that I am happy with. Added a tuner a year later.
  3. KA7RRA

    KA7RRA Platinum Subscriber Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I have 2 great radios the FT-991A and the 450D both are great radios and don't cost that much
  4. KE8IWM

    KE8IWM Ham Member QRZ Page

    I picked up a Yaesu FT-897D with Astron power supply at a hamfest last month for $475. I have a bunch of wire, old external tuner, window line, wire, etc lying around. All in, well under $1K.
  5. KT5WB

    KT5WB Ham Member QRZ Page

    I can relate. I got my General several years ago, but held off setting up on HF due to base station sticker shock. When I found Universal Radio's used listing this got me over the hump. Used Yaesu FT-450AT (not D) for a few hundred bucks, fully tested with a warranty. The warranty was the key piece for me. Starting from nothing I needed confidence that at least the core component was reliable and I could build on.
    Bought a 12v 10A switch mode power supply from amazon for under $15 (I think they're designed for powering LED strips).
    Picked up an MFJ 4:1 balun for about $30.
    Fry's had 25' of RG8x for about $25.
    Antenna wire was 50' spool of 12awg from home depot for under $20.
    Under $600 and I was up and working 20m and 10m.

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