Discussion in 'Youth Forum' started by KB3SJQ, Sep 30, 2009.
Looking for a small, portable, cheap HF rig,any recommendations?
Yaesu ft857. Small, portable, and still offers 100 watts.
Too expensive, but thanks for the recommendation!
You could find an older Yaesu Ft-100(d) or Icom 706. But, you'll be buying a radio that could be up to 10 years old at just $100-$200 less than the price of a new radio. Or you could try and find the MFJ adventure series of radio - made in 2000. New they were $250, covered one band, and put out 10 watts.
How much do you have to spend, and what modes do you need it to do?
www.qrpkits.com has a GREAT little Trail Friendly Radio called the PFR 300 - it covers 20, 30, and 40m, has a built in antenna tuner, and costs about $200.00 PLUS you build it yourself.
I am looking for a radio roughly in the $100-$180 range.
At that price, a used MFJ adventure radio is about the best bet. eBay is the place to search for them.
You won't find an HF rig for that. That will but you a 2 meter HT or a new 2 meter icom 2200H.
My first HF rig I bought on ebay for $450, it was an FT-840. Excellent radio for as beginner, can be mounted mobile, a good SSB rig. 10 - 160 meter
Thanks! Im on ebay right now
You can buy several brand new HF transceivers for that kind of money.
Small Wonder Labs sells a HF rig for less than $120
Wilderness Radio has a great 40m rig for less than $200
MJF Cubs come to mind
Ten Tec makes a GREAT HF rig Kit for about $100
QRPkits.com has a couple to choose from as well.