[AMRadio] AM vs SSB: Cost

Brett gazdzinski brett.gazdzinski at verizonbusiness.com
Tue May 1 16:15:57 EDT 2007


You can have a very good rig, and not only fix it,
but you can build it also.
The new K3 is coming out in a month or so, and includes
AM, with a sync detector and 8 band EQ TX and RX!

Its sort of a flex radio in a box, without the computer.

I think you can get an old broadcast transmitter for free
sometimes, and old heathkit ssb gear almost as cheap.

I think it's a wash as far as price goes.

Why anyone would WANT to talk on ssb is beyond me,
a cell phone sounds better and costs less most times.

I can see why the hobby is shrinking, take a youngster
to listen to ssb quacking and they think voip is a lot cooler
and even texting is better.
SSB is a joke compared to voip and a web cam...


> From: amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net 
> [mailto:amradio-bounces at mailman.qth.net] On Behalf Of Todd, KA1KAQ
> Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 4:02 PM
> To: Discussion of AM Radio in the Amateur Service
> Subject: [AMRadio] AM vs SSB: Cost
> Good comments and first hand reports on pricing and deals.
> My feeling is that AM is cheaper to get into from a builder's
> perspective, since SSB gear isn't too builder-friendly in comparison.
> AM is more forgiving and less complex in design, while it gives a much
> more pleasant audio result.
> Used commercial SSB gear can be bought dirt cheap now, probably
> cheaper overall than commercial AM gear. Partly because the market has
> been saturated with cheap Japanese gear over the years, and partly
> because of the resurgence in AM interest. The focus with SSB (and the
> ARRL, it seems) is on owning new equipment that you can't
> realistically service, and upgrading it every few years. This was the
> reason actually given to me by the ARRL New England director some
> years ago at a hamfest when I asked him why there weren't more
> articles about building and servicing in QST. No one can fix today's
> gear, so there's no point in dealing with the electronics side of
> amateur radio anymore.
> And, while the latest/greatest Yaecomwood box will cost you dearly,
> there are old tubes rigs that will cost even more when fully restored.
> To me, AM is the best all-around bargain. It's better from a building
> and maintenance perspective, more interactive, sounds better, and
> allows the enjoyment of new and old gear alike. Tube-type SSB gear can
> be fun too, but as others have noted, there is a lot less patience in
> the world of SSB for a signal that wanders a bit.
> I've also found AMers to be pretty interesting folks too, but that's
> another topic.
> ~ Todd,  KA1KAQ
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