Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by W9JI, May 23, 2004.
WOW is that for real?
I wish I HAD THAT KIND OF CHANGE
Hey, I'll sell you a YAESU DX 9000, only $8000. Just send the money in small unmarked bills to....
I think that Icom missed a decimal point.
I will sell my wife for $3000, or my dog for $4000. Antennas are extra. But shipping is included.
Why ya know, I was just wondering what to do with my spare pocket change. I'll just jump right on it and send nearly TEN large to Hong Kong to a guy with three different callsigns.
For a ham radio no less.
I started in this ham radio biz with a $60 receiver and a pile of parts for a transmitter. I cringed when I paid $1100 for my then-new TS440 in 1987. I'll be DAMNED if I'm gonna pay TEN GRAND for a ham radio!
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My sentiments exactly!!
Actually, in purchasing power there have been several pieces of amateur radio equipment that have been more expensive over the years. These figures are based on the website http://eh.net/hmit/ppowerusd/dollar_question.php
Hallicrafters SR-500 introduced in 1955: Selling price $1495 equivalent in "modern" dollars $10,280.
Collins 30K transmitter introduced in 1947: Selling price $1450 equivalent in "modern" dollars $11,951.
Collins KW-1 transmitter introduced in 1952: Selling price $3850 equivalent in "modern" dollars $26,727.
Collins KWS-1 transmitter introduced in 1955: Selling price $1925 equivalent in "modern" dollars $13,238.
Signal One transceiver introduced in 1970: Selling price $2195 equivalent in "modern" dollars $10,410.
A few receivers:
Hallicrafters SX-73 introduced in 1952: Selling price $975 equivalent in "modern" dollars $6769.
Hallicrafters S-36 introduced in 1941: Selling price $308 equivalent in "modern" dollars $3851.
Collins 75A3 introduced in 1952: Selling price $550 equivalent in "modern" dollars $3818.
Collins 75A4 introduced in 1955: Selling price $695 equivalent in "modern" dollars $4779.
The Hallicrafters S-500 was a console with transmitter, receiver, and linear (although only for 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters - 15 meters was not available on the transmitter at that time).
For a complete Collins "Gold Dust Twins" station (KWS-1 and 75A4) you had to pay $2620 in 1955 or the equivalent in "modern" dollars of $18,017.
For a complete "high end" Collins AM station in 1952 (KW-1 and 75A3) you would have paid $4400 or the equivalent in "modern" dollars of $30,545.
As such, although much more money than what I am willing to spend, $10,000 is just a "drop in the bucket" when compared to some "top end" equipment of former years when purchasing power of the dollar is compared.
Think I will just buy a space shuttle instead.
Well, I mentioned to my XYL that it would be nice to have the money for one of those rigs. She said if I really wanted one, we could probably find a way to finance it. (I knew there was a reason I love that lady!
Anyway, I told her I didn't want one. I just wanted to have the money to get one so I could use the money for something else. She was relieved ...
I think I'll wait for this radio to be released on paperback.