Looking for a small portable cheap HF rig, any recomendations?

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  1. KB3SJQ

    KB3SJQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Looking for a small, portable, cheap HF rig,any recommendations?
     
  2. N3XP

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    Yaesu ft857. Small, portable, and still offers 100 watts.
     
  3. KB3SJQ

    KB3SJQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Too expensive, but thanks for the recommendation!
     
  4. N3XP

    N3XP Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
     
  5. KB9BVN

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    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.

    CW only
     
  6. KB3SJQ

    KB3SJQ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I am looking for a radio roughly in the $100-$180 range.
     
  7. N3XP

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  8. W0DV

    W0DV Ham Member QRZ Page

    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
     
  9. KB3SJQ

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    Thanks! Im on ebay right now
     
  10. KB9BVN

    KB9BVN Ham Member QRZ Page

    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.
     
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