[AMRadio] Re: Value of Homebrew Rigs, WAS: Stuff for sale...update.

Radio Station W5AMI ars.w5ami at gmail.com
Thu Jul 6 15:03:50 EDT 2006

True Todd.  Still makes me wonder why a 1kw Gates or RCA (and similar)
BC units will sell for 1/5 the cost of a KW-1 these days.  Not that I
want them too mind you ;)  But they are certainly "brand names", and
built a lot healthier (a new term for "big iron" I made up) than a
KW-1 in my opinion.  Of course you still have to mod them a bit to get
on the ham bands, but paying 1/5 the price makes that little chore a
no brainer.

Bottom line is that I would not pay any more for a KW-1 than I would
for an equal condition BC transmitter and the same would apply to a
"healthy", well built HB rig.

But, I'm not a collector...


On 7/6/06, Todd, KA1KAQ <ka1kaq at gmail.com> wrote:
> Don is spot on, his comments reflect my experiences as well.
> On 7/4/06, Brett gazdzinski <brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com> wrote:
> > I can see that people would not want a homebrew
> > rig, but I think fewer and fewer people are building,
> > yet people want a higher power radio.
> The problem with 'most' folks who don't homebrew or build is that they
> aren't interested in HB rigs either: only commercially built with name
> recognition. Which is why a clean KW-1 will routinely bring in the
> $22K-$27K range and an equally clean, well built/heavier designed HB
> transmitter does well to bring $500. It may sound better, even make
> more power and look better, but it's still homebrew. The KW-1 is an
> excellent transmitter, but think what you could build for even a
> quarter of their selling price. Especially with the broadcast iron
> floating around today.
> I have a few HB transmitters here from decades past. Incredible
> attention to detail, layout and construction that rivals commercial
> units. Truly beautiful rigs in open-frame, black wrinkle racks loaded
> with round meters and knobs. I picked up 3 for $100 and doubt I could
> get much more than that for most of the parts. In terms of functioning
> history, they are priceless to me. But then, I'm crazy. Just ask
> anyone who knows me. (o:
> de Todd,  KA1KAQ
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