|[AMRadio] Economic hippy|
CL in NC
mjcal77 at yahoo.com
Sat Oct 10 13:14:13 EDT 2015
Commenting on comments about SDR's and rig prices. When I was a kid in the 60's, my ham rig was a regen receiver and a one tube CW transmitter. When I graduated up to a Heathkit HR10/DX60, paid for it on installments at $16 a month, made by cutting grass, that was a big expense. When I was making $6000 a year, a Collins or a Drake seemed very expensive, By the time I retired making a lot more than that 500 a month, a thousand dollars for a radio still seems astronomical to me. Now they have gear that costs upwards of $15K, and SDR's that run $6K. A 100 watt 'entry level' transceiver is around $1K. It all seems overpriced to me. I know, some will say that when I made 500 a month and a Drake TR4 was $595, factor in inflation over the years and a modern rig still costs the equivalent of 1 months salary or more. To me, a thousand bucks is a thousand bucks no matter what era. Not wanting to go into debt for that sort of thing puts me in the economic
hippy category according to a finance guy who thought trying to be debt free was not the modern way.
Charlie, W4MEC in NC
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