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Posted: 8/23/2017 5:48:31 PM EDT
OK, ARFCOM........give a few suggestion for a second HF rig for my shack.
I currently have a Kenwood TS-590 that I use for digital modes
I want a second rig set u just for voice so it could be an older , but not ancient rig.

I would prefer a Kenwood as I can use some of the acc I already have.
This would have to be a used rig as well.

Under 800 bucks !
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 6:01:28 PM EDT
[#1]
TS-940.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 7:47:29 PM EDT
[#2]
Ts850
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:33:17 PM EDT
[#3]
Ts530s

Or if you want to get current get a TS-50.  I am not sure how the new stuff will last since they went all solid state.  I also am a big Drake fan.
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:38:54 PM EDT
[#4]
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Ts530s

Or if you want to get current get a TS-50.  I am not sure how the new stuff will last since they went all solid state.  I also am a big Drake fan.
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LOL

TS-50 was an old rig 20 years ago.



I ran one in my 1993 Ford Ranger



It was a cool rig




probably a buyers market, with the current sunspot cycle...

https://swap.qth.com/

http://hamstation.com/shopping/index.php?category=7&main_page=pricelist
Link Posted: 8/23/2017 8:44:22 PM EDT
[#5]
I recommend the TS570, if you like the 590 it is an awesome second rig. Predecessor to the 590 and very similar to operate. I have. 590 but a 570 before and loved it. The also can be had very reasonable.

Jim
Link Posted: 8/24/2017 11:48:20 AM EDT
[#6]
When you say "ancient", I'm assuming you mean boatanchor status.
Kenwood TS-520S, but it has a pair of 6146s in the final, is late '70s vintage, and doesn't cover the WARC bands.
It does have an internal PS, and the Pi-network final matches a wide range of inpedances.
There's a very clean operable one on eBay for $350.

Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:26:27 PM EDT
[#7]
How about a TS480

uses up a lot less desk space

great ergonomics

two versions

TS480SAT - 100watts internal antenna tuner

TS480HX  -  200 watts, not tuner ( requires two 20 amp power supplies )

great rig, if you ever decide to go mobile







Link Posted: 8/24/2017 2:44:20 PM EDT
[#8]


. . . . or . . . .


Link Posted: 8/24/2017 7:51:50 PM EDT
[#9]
Drake TR7 w/ RV7 and filters along with other 7-line accessories of your choosing.

About as bulletproof of a radio as you'll find.

Unless you know electronics I'd stay away from the TS-940 and TS-850, even though they're good rigs. They just don't age well and components in the carrier generation circuitry of the '850 are now unobtanium.
Link Posted: 8/25/2017 9:29:03 AM EDT
[#10]
There is a used TS-570D for sale on Z'ed for a good asking but would take less and it looks in good shape just FYI that gives you and idea of what they are going for.
Jim
Link Posted: 8/26/2017 2:32:17 PM EDT
[#11]
570's are nice.  I'm partial to the older blue on black of the 450/690/850/950, but wouldn't pass on a 570 or 480 at all.  

Older hybrid rigs are good fun as well.  TS 520/820/830

Or, if you want a newer backup that you will use, get a TS2000 and use it for V/U ssb and sat work.  They're used around me for 800-1k
Link Posted: 8/29/2017 4:59:07 AM EDT
[#12]
I have 2 TS-480 rigs
One is the HX,(200 Watt version) in my truck.
The 2nd is a backup for the home station, should either of them fail.

I can't find anything bad to say about them, othernthen I wish the screen could be set to green, instead of yellow.
I hate yellow.
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