Your Best or Worst Investment?

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  1. W0VYE

    W0VYE Ham Member QRZ Page

    I thought it might be helpful to new hams (or at least fun) to describe the best and/or worst investment we ever made in a radio-related product. This doesn't necessarily mean a bad product, maybe just something we didn't get much use out of.

    My best was a 300-watt antenna tuner (AEA QT-1 no longer made), very similar to the ones sold now for about $170. I use it constantly.

    My worst was a 2-meter handheld. The rig is fine (Kenwood 2600A) but I got very little use out of it, and it's currently Code Blue with a dead internal battery.

    Anyone else? ~73
  2. KF7AYS

    KF7AYS Ham Member QRZ Page

    This one is easy for me.

    The Icom IC-7000 when I was a brand new ham. The radio itself is a great radio. However, in the hands of a beginner, it is a recipe for hours of ungodly frustration.

    My best was my Kenwood TS-830s that I got for free and spent about $120 to get back on the air....
  3. KE5WDP

    KE5WDP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I only have 3 Ham radios. 2 of them are 2 meter only. One here in the house and one in the pickup. I like the Yaesu here in the house better than the Kenwood out in the truck, only because it is newer. So no real reason....

    I have a Yaesu FT 902 DM as an HF rig. I really like it. I don't need a brand new fancy radio in which it may take me 10 years to learn how to operate it.

    My best investment is this 16 element KLM 2 meter beam. I bought it for 30 bucks.

    Now, I have been around the "other" band all my life. (can't say the real band or the superhams will let me have it). But I will say that anytime I bought a radio without SSB, was a big waste of money. That's just me.

    The single biggest investment I have ever made in my radio life? 14 dollars to take my test to become a HAM.
  4. KI6DKC

    KI6DKC Ham Member QRZ Page

    Worst Investment: Yaesu FT817nd. Not because it was a bad radio but because I purchased it as my first HF rig not really understanding how fustrating QRP can be to someone new to the HF bands.

    Best Investment: Yaesu FT857d. My workhorse radio now and I love it because I can make contacts with it 1000 times easier than the 817.

    Live and learn.
  5. K8ERV

    K8ERV Ham Member QRZ Page

    My best investment was my dog---free---

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
  6. K9ASE

    K9ASE XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    best: $15 study guide and $14 fee for Ham license

    worst: might end up beeing Yaesu FT-2900 we'll see how they handle it. it wouldn't transmit out of the box so I have yet to find out we'll see how long it takes to get back
  7. W6ONV

    W6ONV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Worst investment: Kenwood Th-F6A (retail: $329.95) when I was licensed as a Technician. I felt it was a huge investment as a newly licensed operated and I have yet to reap any benefits from it. I worked all of two repeaters in my local area. It has been shelved for nearly 2 years without any use.

    Best investment: Joining the Northern California Contest Club for $15 dues (yearly). I have learned more since I joined in December 2008 than I learned in nearly 4 years at another local club.

    Another good investment (free) was G4FON in order to learn Morse code.
  8. KJ6CEA

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    Worst investment: crappy coax $0.10/foot

    Best investment: 2x $14 fee for tech, and then gen at a different time
    or TS-440SAT with all filters- free
    or 20 and 80meter dipole - $7 for 75foot power cord + acrylic for center
  9. W3JN

    W3JN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Worst investment - a $50 G5RV circa 1998

    Best investment: $25 for a pickup truck full of wire (bought on eBay) and $50 for some W7FG open wire line. Made several antennas from that that far, far exceeded the $50 dummy load between the house and the tree.
  10. NN4RH

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    Best: FT-950

    Worst: SGC MAC-200. What a horrid, finnickly, useless, disfunctional POS!
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