About a year ago I bought a Yaesu FT-33R HT on ebay for around $75. I don’t remember the exact price, but it was about that – I know it was less than $100, probably $75-$85. I thought that was a good price to break into the 1.25M band for ham radio. My plan was to setup this HT with an external J-pole that I have, and work the 1.25M band from the hamshack. It’s only 5 watts, but I was hoping with an external antenna, it would reach out well enough.
Fast forward about a year, and I still have the HT and the J-pole, but haven’t ever set them up. Basically I am working on constructing a new tower setup for the shack, so this got placed on the back burner. I’m disappointed that I never really got a chance to check out this setup and test its performance.
I recently found theTYT TH9000 radio on Amazon/ebay, which I have posted about before. This mobile rig does 55 watts on 220MHz and costs only about $170. This is a FANTASTIC price for a high amount of power (high for this band) to break into the 1.25M band. So I decided to list my Yaesu HT on ebay, along with 1 or 2 other small items, in hopes that I would get enough money in those sales to cover the cost of a new TYT TH9000. Low and behold, my Yaesu FT-33R HT sold for $155! This is almost twice what I paid for it. I was so happy about this, that I want to go find other radios that I can buy, sit on for a few months and sell again for twice the price 😀 Probably not a great plan, but it is fun to think about.
My new plan is to buy the TYT TH9000 radio and set it up in the shack with the same idea of connecting the 220MHz J-Pole that I have already. I need to make a coax, and as of now I don’t have a place to mount this antenna. I bought a 30′ used tower on ebay a couple of weeks ago that I am going to pickup from MTC on Saturday the 20th. As soon as I get that tower back to the house, I’m going to make plans for a cement base and check with the city for code permits. I’ll definitely be posting about that on this blog, along with pictures of the project.