Amateur Radio: HF Transceivers
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     In any case, you are probably here looking for information about a "


" (transceiver) that will TX/RX on some of the

HF (High Frequency) bands

, and perhaps some

VHF and UHF bands

.   You will have more questions than can be answered on this brief page.


Yaesu, ICOM,



are a few of the big brand names you may have heard about, but which transceiver will meet your specific needs?  Are you looking for a base station or a mobile unit?  Some mobile units can be used as a base, but need an external DC power supply.  Again, decisions that only you can make depending upon your circumstances.
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Amateur Radio HF Transceivers

     As a

technician class ham radio operator

, you may have started with an inexpensive handheld (portable) transceiver.  Maybe you purchased a larger 2 meter/70 cm mobile or base station.  Maybe you just want to listen to high frequency communications while you study for your

amateur general exam

.  Maybe you just passed the general exam!!!!
CAUTIONBe careful if you decide to buy "used" equipment.  Sometimes you can find a good deal, however, you may find out that someone is just trying to sell an old  worn out  or damaged (maybe unrepairable) piece of equipment.  Be alert!
     You can explore different amateur radio transceivers to see what is available that can meet your needs.  Some things you might consider are price, features, band/frequencies, power (watts), warranty.  Also, you should plan for the future with your purchase, i.e., will moving from technician to general (and then to extra) necessitate buying a new radio?  What bands do you expect to use in the next few years? 6 Meters-160, 10 Meters-160, 70cm-160 Meters?

Yaesu FT-857D Amateur Radio Transceiver

- HF, VHF, UHF All-Mode 100W
+Receives 0.1-56Mhz, 76-108Mhz, 118-164Mhz and 420-470MHz - AM/USB/LSB/FM/CW
+Transmits The Amateur Ham Radio Bands
160 thru 2 meters, plus 70cm UHF too!
+Output is 100 Watts on 6-160M, 50W VHF & 20W UHF, FM-AM-SSB-CW (25W AM HF carrier)

Yaesu Ft-8900R Quad Band Hi Power FM Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver

2M / 6M/ 10M / 70cm
+Transmits 50 watts on 10, 6 and 2M, & 35 watts on 440 MHz, With Selectable Lower Output Settings..
+Receives (less cellular) 28-29.7, 50-54, 108-180, 320-480 and 700-985 MHz, Transmits 28-29.70Mhz, 50-54Mhx, 144-148Mhz, 430-450Mhz.

Yaesu FT-897D All-Mode HF thru UHF Transceiver

+Transmit Range on Amateur Bands from 6-160 Meters, Plus 2 Meter & 70cm!
+100 Watts Output From 6-160M, 50W on VHF 2M, 20W on 70cm 440Mhz. (FM-SSB-CW)
+Receives 100 kHz-56 MHz; 76-154 MHz & 420-470 MHz All mode.

Yaesu FT-450D 100 Watt , 6 thru 160M HF All-Mode Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver

with Built-In Automatic Antenna Tuner & DSP Filtering
+FM-USB-LSB-AM-CW, 100 Watts of Transmit output on 6-160M Amateur Radio.
+Receives 30Khz to 54Mhz continious including All Shortwave & AM broadcast.
+Built-In Automatic Antenna tuner, ctcss, 500 & 300 Hz CW Filters.

ICOM HF all band transceiver, MFG# IC-718 22

+The IC-718 has 0.03-30 MHz general coverage receive capability and 100W transmit power in the Amateur bands from 1.8-29.7 MHz.
+Wide dynamic range, high C/N ratio, and full duty operation
Some people have more than one transceiver for a variety of reasons.
Some examples

Kenwood TS-590S

+100 W heavy-duty design
+Built-in automatic antenna tuner (
6 ~ 160 meters )
+500 Hz / 2.7 kHz Roofing Filters
+32-bit floating point DSP

Kenwood TS-990S  HF/50MHz Transceiver

•Newly developed mixer contributes to achieve +40dBm IP3
•Narrow-band High-IP roofing filters
•Comes equipped with ±0.1 ppm TCXO which combines high stability with energy savings
•Equipped with dedicated DSP for main receiver, sub-receiver and band scope
•Advanced AGC control, fusing together digital and analog
•Extensive interference elimination & noise reduction functions
•Built-in automatic antenna tuner capable of high-speed operation
•Cooling system
+Covers the 160m to 10m amateur bands including 5.3MHz in SSB, CW, AM ,FM and IQ output modes. +Output power is 100W SSB/CW and FM, 40W in AM with low and super-low power settings for QRP operation.
+The general coverage receiver covers 135KHz to 30MHz in all modes.

Alinco DX-SR9T/E  1.9~29MHz SSB/CW/AM/FM/SDR
All-mode Desktop Transceiver

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