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How to activate 2m SSB with low budget

Since I become a ham (more then 40 years ago) I’m faszinated of 2m SSB.
I wanted to be able to activate HF and VHF in SSB without hauling heavy equipment and constantly rebuilding the antenna.
My rig is a KX2 and with an upgrade of far less than 100 euros, I can also activate 2m.


The Ukrainian transverter gets an input of 1.5 watts via its attenuation board from the KX2. So it has an output of 8 watts into the antenna.

The antenna is an easy to build DK7ZB quadruple oblong. It is descriped at the quadlongs…
It is fixed along the telescopic pole.
It is quite comfortable: Due to the wide horizontal 3 dB angle, you only have to turn it by 90 °

At the top of the pole, the wire for my vertical RF antenna is attached. It is the (KISS) version 1 of HB9TVK

Both do not bother each SWR.

The packing dimensions and the weight of antenna and Transverter are small … and it does not consume much battery capacity.

73 Armin


Around about 1000 Euros of gear there. I think that lower budgets are possible.

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Of course you can! – Maybe i expressed myself wrong?!

I m not a native english

The post is about how to become active, if you have a portable rig with 10m Band for a transverter.

73 Armin

Armin, for the same reason your post drew a grin on my face, too. But I guess you’ve been using the KX3 for years now and the additional cost to be qrv on VHF was 100 Euros for the xverter. Certainly any other HF radio would do the same job along with an xverter. So it’s only 100 quid and some antenna building for people who already have an HF TRX.

Hope to work you s2s on VHF soon!


The conclusion I personally reach from this is that the FT-817 is still champion.

Amazing radio, amazing value for money. So much so that after over twenty years, they still can’t really find a way to improve it (cf FT-818).


And nothing from competitors comes close, its design was an act of genius!


I think the receiver could be a little better these days but as a complete portable package at a reasonable price (especially second hand), the FT-817/ND/818 is a great rig for SOTA (or any environment where it may get bashed around a little).

73 Ed.

The FT-817 is still the best rig for its price you can get. Full HF,VHF all mode rig in a rugged case you can get. I also got it during a cashback offer and whilst it was cheap so cost me new around £400.

Proves the point when no one has tried to beat it and they all have brought out portable rigs but are twice the price so not in the same bracket the KX2/3 for example and the new ICOM. Even Yaesu haven’t replaced it yet, the Ft818 was a token gesture upgrade as nothing really changed.

My understanding is that the final transistors and possibly some other components had become difficult to source and hence some minor changes to the design were made, so the FT-818 is really an FT-817ND Mk II but the FCC wanted a new model number.