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Old 07-11-2014, 12:07 AM
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Default Who makes an affordable 6 and 10 meter rig?

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I was just wondering who makes a good 10 meter rig and a good 6 meter rig? and where can I find one?.

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Assuming you are talking about a SSB-CW transceiver, I don't recall ever seeing such a dual-band radio. There are a number of HF+6m transceivers to choose from. Yaesu, ICOM, Kenwood are the big 3. If you are in driving range of Universal Radio outside of Columbus, Ohio, you can see the new and used equipment up close. HTH.
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For FM only there is a TYT TH-9800 that does 10m, 6m, 2m and 70cm for $279 at Amazon. Or the Yaesu FT-8900 for about $200 more. If you want SSB look for a used HF/6m all mode which can go for reasonable prices. I got a used Yaesu FT-857 for $400 and an Icom 706MKIIG for $400, both in good working condition, you just have to search around.
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Radio Shack made a 10M rig many years ago but I can't remember if it was FM-only or not. Alinco makes a 6M FM rig. And of course the FT-8900 covers those bands but is FM-only too.

Beyond that I think you're into the larger HF+ radios.
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If you're looking for FM, my pick is a used Motorola Syntor X9000. These things have proven reliability and will do both 10 and 6 meter FM in a single package. Just know that if you do that, you'll still need 2 different antennas. Outside of the antennas, this is truly "set and forget." Leave it on scanning between 29.60 and 52.525 in the background and have your antennas on an A/B switch before you actually transmit.

For weak signal (SSB/CW) work, I have an Icom transceiver that will do 10 meters and I use a Downeast Microwave (DEMI) transverter with it for 6 meters.
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Assuming you are talking about a SSB-CW transceiver, I don't recall ever seeing such a dual-band radio.
Icom IC-575 covered 10 and 6m all mode. Same model line as the IC-275, -375, -475, and -1275.

Yaesu FT-650 and FT-655 covered 12, 10, and 6m all mode. Fairly rare in the U.S., but I did see an FT-650 at a hamfest once.

All of the models I mention here are out of production.
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Some of the kenwood tk-6110's were able to work on both 6m fm and 10m fm. Personally I'd leave them on 6 though.


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The Radio Shack HTX 100 was a good inexpensive SSB rig for 10M. You can find them used for around $100 and up. The Ranger 5054 was also a nice 6M rig, and you can find them used for a little bit more than that.
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Icom IC-706mkIIG. HF-70cm.
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I recommend the Yaesu FT-8900R if all you want to do is FM; they are a bulletproof and proven radio that just keeps going and going... (where's the Energizer Bunny smiley?). If you have sufficient space and a place to properly mount a HF antenna, then a "multi-mode" radio like the IC-706 series or IC-7000/7100 will do a great job. Many hams also find the Yaesu FT-857D to perform and hold up very well.
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By the way, if you go with the Yaesu, look up G4HFQ and RT Systems for programming software; both offer excellent products with great service.
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