“Old” radios can still be a joy!


Today’s transceivers are so feature-packed that you can lose yourself in menus and manuals. TR-4 TransceiverOlder, simpler radios like TS-520s, FT-101s, TR-4s and lots of others can still yield a lot of fun for a fraction of the cost of brand new rigs.

Outboard wattmeters, ATUs, frequency counters and antenna switches can add tons of flexibility to the old boat anchors. New add-on DSP audio processors can upgrade the receive quality on any receiver or transceiver and make it seem decades younger.

You can get on the air with an old transceiver and a simple antenna setup, and then upgrade your station as time and funds permit. Don’t just look at the price of new “stuff” and walk away! You have options for getting your station going with lots of bargain equipment that can be made much better so very easily.


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