[AMRadio] Spy radio


Vince Werber ka1iic at prexar.com
Tue May 1 15:51:50 EDT 2007


I bought a Sb 401 for $35 bucks awhile back...  works fine...
73
vince
ka1iic


On Tue, 1 May 2007, k0occ at comcast.net wrote:

> Either SSB or AM can be real cheap or real expensive, depending on your preference and situation.
>
> SSB can be real cheap - I've seen HW-100's with P/S for like $100 at hamfests; and Swans & Drakes for under $200..  Or you can go spend $3000-$4000 on a complete mint S-Line & 30S-1. Or a whole bunch more on the latest & greatest rice box.
>
> AM can be real cheap - Have seen Heath AM mobile twins complete with AC P/S for like $100. Or to go upscale,  HQ-129X  & DX-100 - like $150 apiece. Or you can go spend $3000-$4000 on a mint 75A-4 & Johnson 500 combo, or spend $20,000 on a KW-1.
>
> But the point is, whatever we spend, a lot or a little, SSB or AM, it is pretty much peanuts in the overall scheme of things. Ham radio is an extremely LOW COST hobby. Look at how much we spend a year on housing, utilities, cars, gasoline, food, insurance,cable TV, wife's trips to beauty parlor, etc., etc. Spending a few or several hundred $$ a year on ham radio is a rounding error; a fraction of a percent of what we spend on everything else. And cheaper than golf clubs & greens fees, or skis & lift tickets.
>
> 73
>
> --
> Ernie, k0occ
> Atlanta, GA
>
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: "Rick Brashear" <rickbras at airmail.net>
>
>> Interesting thought. "...is AM cheaper than SSB?.. Let's see, I have some
>> ssb equipment that I paid a considerable amount for. However, if I were to
>> tally up the odds and ends, parts and pieces I have for AM I would say ,
>> "no", AM is not by any means cheaper or less expensive than ssb. One table
>> top transceiver and one legal limit amplifier can cover the entire amateur
>> spectrum, but it would take a room full of "real radios" to do the same
>> thing and that ain't cheap! The way I see it, this is a great hobby and
>> when we stop treating it as such and become concerned with the cost of
>> things then we are spending too much money on it. I personally spend what I
>> can afford and that's not much. If I had gazillio ns I would spend much more
>> on my "hobby" and on other things that matter. It's all relative. I don't
>> think a comparison between the richest man I the world and a poor old stiff
>> like me is quite fair. Kind of like comparing apples to cow dung!
>>
>> Whew... That was a mouthful... No offense intended to anyone, these are
>> just my personal thoughts.
>> Rick
>>
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