I’m planning on buying a small multi-mode HF rig for a relative who has recently become a ham. It’s been a very, very long time since I’ve bought a radio (used or otherwise). I’m polling the readership for opinions of the very best choice.
Ah, what do I mean by “best”?
Here are my criteria:
Browsing eBay and the other ham classified sites, there is quite a range of prices for used HF gear. I don’t really have a price in mind, but I am looking for a good value. As I can buy a new radio for about $600, I would say that the cost would have to be under $500 in the used market.
The radio should probably be solid-state.
Should be able to be taken “backpack portable”
I would love to be in a position to spring for an Icom IC-7000, IC-718 or an Yaesu FT-817. They’re beautiful rigs, but I just don’t have the cash to spring for one.
What do you recommend? What’s the best value for your money?