How To Get On The Air – Cheap!

How cheap? If you can’t get on the air for $0 you’re not trying hard enough.

There are a lot of guys out there with old rigs sitting in their basements that might be available for load (permanent or otherwise) simply by asking. 

Where do you find these generous guys? You attend club meetings and ask around. Personal contact is essential when you’re looking to borrow or buy a rig at rockbottom prices.

Older tube rigs like the Heathkit SB-series or Yaseu 101s or old Drake rigs make great first rigs. For around $200 to $300 you can get into some older transistor equipment (There was a Yaseu FT-747 for sale on the Ontario Swap Shop for $295 which would be a great first radio.)

BTW when it comes to online swap shops often the prices are inflated. Better deals can be had at regional Ham Radio flea markets.

Dealing with someone you know is the best way to get a rig that works for very little cash.


About Peter West

I am retired. I'm invested into bike riding, guitar playing, yoga and Ham Radio. I am a former photojournalist, newspaper and magazine editor and public relations practitioner with national, regional and local experience. A long-time member of Toastmasters International and an active Amateur Radio (Ham) operator here in Canada I am taking on new challenges.
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