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Re: Thoughts on future "FM birds" (was: proposalfor,maximizing fm le o contacts)



on 8/17/00 11:36 AM, Frederick M. Spinner at fspinner@hotmail.com wrote:

> Either way it makes more sense to use SSB (in amateur radio service) for
> satellite uplinks and downlinks.  A good scrounger can have a
> LEO station for a couple of hundred dollars *IF* they can stand not
> to be 100% "appliance operators".

Here is a very good point that a friend of mine has made about ham radio
budgets:

Q: How many of you have computers?
A: Well, if you are reading this list, then you do.  So that's everyone.

Q: How many computers have you purchased in your lifetime?
A: I have purchased two brand new ones personally.

Q: How much does the average computer, monitor, modem, printer, etc. cost?
A: Probably in the range of $1000 to $1500 for a good system up to $3000 or
more for a great one.

Q: How often do you purchase a new computer?
A: Probably every 3 to 4 years.

Q: How much can you sell your old computer for?
A: I can't give it away!

Q: How much does a brand new FT-847 cost?
A: Less than $1400

Q: How much does an FT-736 cost?
A: Around $800 or $900

Q: How long will I be able to use an FT-847 or an FT-736 before it is
obsolete?
A: I can probably use it for many, many years.

Q: When I want to sell my old piece of ham gear, how much can I get for it?
A: A lot.  An FT-736 is an OLD radio.  It still fetches a lot of money!

So when you think about it ALL OF YOU have probably spent more money on
computer hardware and software and probably WILL spend more on it than you
do on ham radio equipment!!!!  The average ham's computer budget far exceeds
his radio budget, yet his computer won't hold value and it will be obsolete
months if not days after it is purchased!!!!

Think about it next time you say you can't afford a new rig!

73,

Jon
NA9D


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Jon Ogden
NA9D (ex: KE9NA)

Member:  ARRL, AMSAT, DXCC, NRA

http://www.qsl.net/ke9na

"A life lived in fear is a life half lived."

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