Post by Guy G4DWV 4X1LT
I have just bought an FT101ZD and an FT200; the latter was the first
rig I had. Just saw a YT Ovid of an FT902DM and I'm drooling.
I have just joined VMARS and the stuff that they have for sale at
their auctions has to be seen to be believed.
You would have enjoyed our club net this morning. As usual, it tends to
'settle' on a topic someone introduces- this morning it was old radios.
Needless to say, VMARS 'featured'. One of the OPs is refurbing an RA17,
I was surprised to hear him say how little they tend to go for these
days, he mentioned £50, although he didn't indicate what condition you
could expect for that. They are 'respectable' radios and, of course,
classics, but the 'real estate' required can't be dismissed lightly-
even by those of us with dedicate rooms for our hobby.
Another OP on the net is a Clansman man, I believe he has a couple of
sets. He did mention some model numbers but I don't recall them. While i
have repaired the odd Clansman, it isn't a radio I can claim to be
familiar with. Had I not rejected a generous job offer, I would have got
to know its successor very, very well. ;-)
While I'm not a VMARS bod, I did support the idea that there should be a
dedicated allocation in the band plan, as a minimum when 7MHz was
extended, for the VMARS AM people running military kit. It is all very
well saying band plans aren't mandated and there is the 'all modes'
section etc but a dedicated allocation would, hopefully, have
ameliorated some of the 'friction' that occurs from time to time when
the AM and SSB types come face to face.