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Getting new HF rig--are used HF rigs a good value?

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bob91343:
I have a 440 and it hasn't blinked an eye since I got it.  Reliable, powerful, easy to operate, stable, and has the famous 'Kenwood audio'.  I A/B it with my TS-940S and the other guy can't tell the difference.  The '940 has a slightly better receiver and built in power supply.

bd139:
I wouldn’t buy a new one. As mentioned if you buy a second hand one you probably won’t lose any money on it if you don’t like it and sell it.

The Yaesu FT-450D is a good bet if you ask me. It turns up cheap, has general coverage receive, transmits on everything up to 6m, has built in ATU and importantly has a fairly decent DSP system built in so you don’t have to spend on filters like some older radios. I used it to learn CW on and it was pretty good for an HF radio and built like a tank. It’ll kick out 100W if you need it.

If you are just using CW though, you don’t need a lot of transmit power despite what everyone says. I found the Yaesu FT818 to be excellent as well with a CW filter installed and that thing is a Swiss Army knife radio as it does 2m, 70cm and airband etc. Also very portable.  I was regularly making contacts on that with 4W output.

I eventually settled on an Elecraft K2 kit though. That was designed with CW operation in mind. Again a good buy if you get a cheap one that wasn’t assembled by an idiot. That’ll run rings around most of the other radios.

Worth noting that older radios are more likely to require servicing and may have already been serviced by someone who has no idea what they are doing. Buyer beware.

joeqsmith:
CDEV get into a political, medical or religious discussion?    Ban for life?  Just curious.  Site does seem to take out some long standing posters from time to time.

Kerlin:
I haven't seen any service manuals for the for the FT450 so how to service it ?  Is the FT450 surface mount, I handle surface mount every day but in that case I have a manual and spares available.
I have put an external BHI DSP on my TS440SAT.

Halcyon:

--- Quote from: joeqsmith on June 14, 2022, 11:49:52 am ---CDEV get into a political, medical or religious discussion?    Ban for life?  Just curious.  Site does seem to take out some long standing posters from time to time.

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Not that it's relevant to this thread, but the decision to ban legitimate users isn't make lightly. One of two things happened in this instance, either he ignored repeated warnings to stop breaching the (rather flexible) rules of this forum or he requested that his account be banned.

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