I am a new member here. Awhile back I was able to pick up a Yaesu FT-840. I purchased it w/out a power source (it did come with an external mic) and was wondering if anyone had any recommendations on power sources for someone on a very limited budget. I don't currently have an antenna for it but I figured I could build one on my own. I would be using this as my first HF Rig and just want something that I can use to make a few contacts and familiarize myself with how everything works. I currently have an HT (Yaesu VX-8DR) that I take hiking and to listen in on nets. So would love to get more involved.
Thanks and 73,
Welcome! Glad you are here and congrats on the pickup of the FT-840. Great starter HF radio. For a power supply, I would recommend the Alinco DM330MVT. Excellent 30amp supply at HRO for about $165. Another great power supply model are Astron. You can typically find those in the same price range.
Also, your VX-8DR is a great little handheld. Congrats on that and is perfect for hiking or any portable use. Be sure to check in tonite (Tuesday) on 448.675, minus offset, 100Hz tone for our analog net.
If $$ are tight, consider Mean Well switching power supplies. You can get a 12V 30A one off Amazon for about $40. They're extremely well built - some of the cleanest output I've ever seen from a power supply on the scope. No detectable RF noise either. I use them all over my shop for ham and non-ham things. Beware of Chinese knock-offs though.
AB0L (Formerly N0KAI)
Kenwood TM-V71A, Kenwood TS-590S, Motorola XPR4550, TYT MD-UV380, Kenwood TH-D7A, BTECH UV-5X3, µBITX V5 QRP
Thanks so much for the suggestions and for the warm greetings. I did try to check into the net last night but I wasn't able to be heard so I think there was too much RF interference from my location indoors. Of course, the fact that I am running on just my HT that I mentioned and an attached Diamond SRH77CA antenna might (in conjunction with the repeater being 35+ miles away) have something to do with it. So next week I might have to bundle up and go outside to check-in.
I will check out all of the suggestions I have received so far and will keep the club updated with my station progress.