||502S 6M Transceiver (2)
||I bought one of these used and for a while it was my main 6
meter rig. It later went to W4HHK and was passed on to N4HHK. The second one
was bought cheap - it had a bad SSB filter but was OK on CW. I loaned it to
AE4TC to use with a Microwave Module 220 transverter and later sold it on eBay.
|202S 2M Transceiver (2)
||I have owned a couple of these but don't recall wher they came
from or went to. One was used as the IF for a Microwave Module 1296 transverter on
an expedition with KQ0Z to EM26/36 for WD5AGO.
|402 70cm Transceiver
||This one had the external (10 watt?) amplifier. I used it
until I obtained a bigger radio.
||This was my first solid state HF rig. I bought it used
for $500 from Jon Hellen at Russ Hellen's Communiations where I worked part time. It
developed a problem with the power dropping off - easily fixed by replacing the $3 driver
transistor that had seperated from its cooling tab. I had this radio interfaced to a
Commodore 64 for frequency control.
||I later upgraded to this rig, purchased new from Memphis
Amateur. In addition to HF, I used it to drive a Microwave Module 220 transverter.
I would check into the local 220 FM repeater net. They asked what kind of
radio I had - imagine the confusion trying to figure my response.
||I obtained this rig in order to have the 6 meter capability.
I used it mobile on several occaisions. I worked some European DX on 6 meters
while mobile in Virginia with this rig.
||This was my first major purchase after moving to Virginia.
It replaced the 729, which was sold to a newly licensed General class YL. The
736 has been very reliable, but needs the dial lamps replaced (how in the world does one
||I found this rig for sale for only $200 at a fleamarket in
California. It works well enough but has a couple of minor problems. I was
pleasantly surprised to find a $100 narrow CW filter in it, which I transferred to my 706
MKIIG. I want to dedicate the 726 as a 10 GHz IF, as well as have a 6 meter backup
||I will mention this radio in the HF category due to the 10
meter capability. When I first tried it out on 10, I operated the 10 meter DX
contest. With only 10 watts on SSB, I worked 62 DXCC countries in the contest. I
also worked WAC enroute to the Monroe, LA hamfest - using CW and only 10 watts. Also
worthy of note is that this radio was serial number 1.
||I couldn't resist paying $1200 for this radio before it was
available. HRO shipped it to me a couple of weeks later. It has been a very
reliable mobile radio, installed into my pickup truck.
||These dropped in price significantly one year at Dayton, so I
bought one for $739, which is still about the price a few years later. I have this
unit installed into my Olds Bravada. I use an AT-4 tuner for HF capability mobile.
||I had two of these systems when I lived in Memphis. The
one installed in my pickup had all available modules, covering 10, 6, 2, 440, 1200, 2M
SSB, and wideband receive. The other was in N4ZRW's Camaro. It covered 6, 2,
440 and 1200 and used the fiber optic remote interface.
|120 23cm Mobile
||I only used this for a short while then passed it on to W4HHK
so he could operate the Memphis 1292 MHz repeater. He needed to be able to
deactivate the 2304 beacon located with the repeater so it would not affect his moon noise
measurements with his EME antenna. The beacons were controlled by DTMF using an
auxilliary function on the repeater controller.
||This was Cissy N4ZRW's 2M/440 handheld. She
already had a 12GAT (see below). Later sold to Wade McKay WA4TFI.
||I had to have this triband handheld when first available.
It worked very well indeed; however, after a long inactive period it appeared dead.
Luckily, I discovered that all it needed was a reset because the internal backup
had discharged. I have seen at least one for sale on eBay that I believe was not
really dead as described.
||This was purchased at the same time as an ICOM RP1220 repeater
which Bill Dearing N4HKS owned and I operated as N4MW/R on 1292 MHz. Cissy's license
arrived one day while I was still configuring the repeater in my shack. Expecting
her license in the mail, Cissy took the 12GAT with her to the mailbox. She ripped
open the envelope to reveal her callsign and immediately and proudly called me. I
answered from the repeater local mike.
||I bought this in 2002 on closeout for $257. It replaces
the Delta 1 (which I thought had died - see above).
||This one I bought new from Texas Towers for a bit over $500.
It proved very reliable.
||I bought two used ones from Memphis Amateur at different times
in otder to consolidate the options (FM, PBT, VOX) into one unit.
||Bought used from MAE and used for years. These units had
power supply problems but otherwise were OK.
||Bought used from Missouri Radio in KC. The notorious
problem with the bad trimmer caps showed up. They took care of it after several
returns ti ICOM.
||Bought used at MAE. Added homebrew preamp.
||I still have these. One is my microwave band IF rig.
The other has developed major problems.
||Bought new from MAE for $895. Probably easily worh twice
that now due to being rare. It still works well enough but needs alignment.
||I don't recall much about this radio except that at one time I
had the whole set: 575/275/375/475/1275. I replaced it with a 970A.
||Purchased new from MAE for $1500. I also had the ATV
adapter and used it to contact N4HKS across town. A couple of years ago saw one sell
on eBay for much more and contacted the unsuccessful bidder to see if I should consider
putting mine up for auction. He immediately offered me twice my cost. I
replaced it with a 910H with most all the options and still came out ahead.
||I bought this when I became active on AO-13. It is still
in use. For several years I used it to set up a satellite station at the Delta ARC
field day. One year we were in the top 10 satellite operations reported by AMSAT.
The 1200 and 2400 modules were horribly expensive, so I never expanded the radio.
||(See also 1275A above). This cost about $2100, including
almost all available accessories.
||Bought used from MAE. Included remote control and TV
adapter. I had to rewire it for 110 (it came from Europe). The TV adapter
sound was set up for european TV.
||Bought new at Dayton in 1997 to replace the 7000. It
still works reliably. I also have the TV adapter.
||Used mostly as test gear, replacer by R10.
||Use as test gear and IF for microwave downconverters.
||Bought used at Dayton. Used mostly for TV capability.
Extends test gear range to 2.4 GHz.
||Bought new at MAE for $$$ in 1993. GPS was new and novel
then, and quite expensive initially. I use this marine GPS mainly for aviation.