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transceiver advice (1 reply and 2 comments)

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M7DJC
1 month ago
M7DJC 1 month ago

Just passed my foundation exam thanks to all the help from Essex Ham course 62.I am pursuing the idea of experimenting with the hack RF1 separately.For a base transceiver I have in mind a Yaesu 450d.I wondered if others had experience of this or might recommend something else

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Knig
2 weeks ago
Knig 2 weeks ago

I've no experience with the 450 but reports on the net are quite good. I use an Icom 7100 that I picked up for £600 complete with extra bits and pieces, and it works well for me on cb and swl (awaiting foundation call sign). The Icom 705 is due out next month with apparently lots of people pre ordering, it might mean operators selling equipment to pay for it. The sotabeams flea market is a good site to keep an eye on, http://pub29.bravenet.com/classified/show.php?usernum=2477864602&cp=1 usually some good deals about.

Hope this at least gives you a site to look at :-)

Nigel

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George M6LKL
2 weeks ago

Congratulations on getting your licence! Regarding transceivers, I second what Nigel said! The 450D is a good entry level transceiver. It's nice and compact, It's got a built-in tuner (which will work up to an SWR of about 3:1), you can adjust the TX power from 5 to 100 W in 1 Watt increments, and the basic functions are easy to learn and use. It's been on the market for ages, so you should be able to find a used one if you don't want to buy a new one. (The 450D is the current version, the older ones are called 450AT.) The Icom IC-705 is still very new (I'm not sure if it is actually on sale yet!), and a lot more expensive (about £1200 perhaps?). Also bear in mind that the Yaesu 450 does have 100W output and the IC-705 only 10W.
If you are after a used rig, keep an eye on the SOTAbeams fleamarket mentioned above or look at the "used equipment and B grade" sections of the big retailers (Waters & Stanton/Nevada, Radioworld, Martin Lynch, Lamco, Moonraker). I personally would stay away from e-bay unless you're looking at something you can't get elsewhere. Good luck!

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M7DJC
2 weeks ago

Thank you for this advice.I actually bought the Ease 450d.My only problem now is trying to make a contact with 10w!

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