[AMRadio] Re: Value of Homebrew Rigs,


Mark Foltarz Foltarz at rocketmail.com
Thu Jul 6 17:04:37 EDT 2006


1/5th! hah! Try 1/20th! Aren't KW1s going for about 20K these days?

I know BC xmtrs are going in the $1K range and less.

de KA4JVY

Mark


--- Radio Station W5AMI <ars.w5ami at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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...
> 
> 73,
> Brian
> 
> 
> 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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