A quick review of some of the equipment that debuted, was announced, or made an appearance at Hamvention this year:
- Icom IC-9100 when it becomes available the rumored price is $4000. This is yet another in a platinum-plated Icom line that includes the IC-7600 ($4000), IC-7700 ($7000), and the IC-7800 ($13,000).
- The Yaesu FT-DX5000 in several flavors that retail from $5000 to $6000.
- Kenwood’s TS-590S at $1800 retail (available in October) is said to replace the TS-570S. This seems like a fairly reasonable price but don’t lose sight of the fact that the 570S that it is replacing last sold for $989 before it was discontinued.
I agree with every aspect of this. I also like the challenge near the end of his post where he challenges people to tally up the cost of equipment in their shack and compare/contrast it with how much they spent on their wife's wedding ring. I guess these are the prices that the market will bear.. but will the hobby?
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