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Offline Shortwave_Listener

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Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« on: February 13, 2023, 0246 UTC »
I am currently studying for my amateur radio exam (going for basic with honours) and I may want to purchase an HF transceiver some time. Used equipment because new stuff is a bit more than I want to spend. Where are some good places to look? It seems like nearly everything on eBay is untested which sucks.
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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2023, 1424 UTC »
A few links here:

https://www.hfunderground.com/board/index.php/topic,109729.msg343677.html#msg343677

Buy used can be okay, just do not put yourself into the position of buying a radio with common-fail, yet "unobtanium" parts.

You might also want to check the clearance, open box, and used sections at the usual amateur radio suppliers like Gigaparts, HRO, etc.

There are a few decent deals in the new market IMO, especially for the QRP segment. For example an assembled (tr)uSDX (not a half-cooked clone!) is under $150USD new. That is 5w on 80/60/40/30/20m using CW or SSB. The display lacks somewhat, and headphones are definitely recommended due to the very tiny speaker, but look at the price.

https://dl2man.de/
https://dl2man.de/where-to-buy-trusdx/

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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2023, 1640 UTC »
Thanks! I saw your post in the "Advice" thread and those are very helpful too!

These ones:
https://swap.qth.com/
https://www.eham.net/classifieds
https://forums.qrz.com/index.php

Lots of good stuff on eHam it looks like.

I know what you mean about the used stuff, ideally I can find used equipment that works.
Lucas Bandura
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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2023, 2333 UTC »
What kind of transceiver are you looking for?  Old tube stuff?  Newer stuff?  How much do you want to spend?  I would get something that has general coverage receive which a lot of the old tube stuff doesn't have.
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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2023, 2358 UTC »
What kind of transceiver are you looking for?  Old tube stuff?  Newer stuff?  How much do you want to spend?  I would get something that has general coverage receive which a lot of the old tube stuff doesn't have.

Something that is solid state and has digital tuning with general coverage (so generally 1980s onwards). Nothing tube because (as you said) no general coverage receive most of the time, probably will need work, and analog tuning SSB signals sucks. Looking to spend around $500 CAD ($375 USD) or less.
Lucas Bandura
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Songs are identified with Shazam if needed. I usually use KiwiSDR receivers. Reception from my QTH is using an SDRPlay RSP1A for SWL with a 40 meter band Inverted V at 40 feet. Kenwood TS-570D for ham use.
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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2023, 0115 UTC »
Two that come to mind, and I own both, are the Kenwood TS-430 and the Yaesu FT-890AT.  The 430 is probably one of the best ever made.  Great Kenwood audio, tough and easy to repair.  The 890AT is more radio as it has probably one of the best internal antenna tuners I've ever used.  If you look around and are patient you can probably fine one between 350-450.  It probably wouldn't hurt to place a wanted ad on qth classified and just say what you are looking for.  Most of us old hams have a bunch of stuff sitting around not getting used and some of them might want to rehome some of their stuff.
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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2023, 0120 UTC »
There is a 430s on qrz.com right now for 300 shipped
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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2023, 0112 UTC »
THE BEST PLACE I FOUND              https://swap.qth.com/

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Re: Where to buy used ham transceivers?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2023, 1853 UTC »
I've done pretty well with MTC Radio in Paris, TX. Look under their USED GEAR:    https://www.mtcradio.com/  It's where I bought a used Xiegu G90 for under $400.00, a.k.a. my jump-in to an SDR rig.
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