To fellow Hams: inexpensive 10m rigs

From: Rod 
Until I can fab that circuit board and make my USB linux driven SDR, I'll  
need an inexpensive 10m rig.
Unfortunately the same Software Define Radio revolution has killed off the  
the single band HF and 6m rigs in the Ham market.
If you want 10 meters, or 6M with AM and SSB, you need to by an expensive  
multi band HF rig.
While I am interested in the rest of HF, I don't see the need to buy a  
radio with capabilities I can't use at the moment.

That has led me to the murky world of import CB's. While it is definitely  
illegal to use these as CB's in the US, it is legal to use them on 10 and  
12 meters if you have privileges to do so.
I had been looking at the Anytone Apollo 1, sold in this country as the  
Stryker SR 89MC, for $150.

=============================================================== From: Lynn Dixon ------------------------------------------------------ Rod, Depending on the final cost, I might be interested. I liked to DX on 10m for the challenge.

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ Im just going to save up for the hamfest in june up here that is put on by RACK ( and try to get a yaesu ft-857d/ft-897d. Ive been told its not terribly uncommon to see good ones go for about $500-600. Or maybe one of the equivalent icoms or a kenwood. Granted, I want more than just 10m. Though when I showed my wife the windom antenna I was looking at she laughed at me when she realized it was 133ft long... I also found out that my work actually has a kenwood ts2000 ham radio station for disaster situations. Go figure... im in "information systems" and we didnt even know the thing existed. All the area hospitals have them and are building a network of winlink systems for expendient transfer of complex communications. Its new to me so I have to read up on it. -B

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ This is a video of the at-5555N on the bottom and a at-6666 on the top (the blue one). I like the LCD meters on the 5555n . I like the size of the 6666. If we get a group together we need to decide on the model. The trick is shipping. My wife may know some who can pick them up depending on which part of china. But I'll what on getting a quote until we have a few more.

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ But do they have licensed hams to run them? I know a few fire stations doing that but no one with a ticket and running on Public service bands, which is illegal.

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ The radios will be manned by members of METERS which is the local ARES/RACES group. They have hams who volunteer and they run a monthly net between all the hospitals for practice and to check the hardware. I think we are going to have to upgrade our antennas and they are getting another ts2000 to put in. I am just finding out we actually have a few other licensed hams, including a couple of our directors. Good stuff :) -B

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ Ahh Brent I've seen quotes as low as $125 to $150 on the AT-5555 from some suppliers. Now that is not from my current contact. But again depending the quote and the shipping it might worth your while.

=============================================================== From: Bret McHone ------------------------------------------------------ you may also check with this guy. He runs a CB/Ham Radio shop in Maryville, TN. Not had any dealings with them but it never hurts to check "local". :) -B

=============================================================== From: Rod ------------------------------------------------------ Thanx But I doubt he would go that low on the models i mentioned. Though he might have some older units cheaper. I also just heard of a shop in Flintstone just across the line from ST. Elmo. Like I said the models I'm looking at are modern and don't look at all like cb's. Have VFO's etc.