Barrett 250 HF

Submitted: Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 19:03
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I am interested in peoples opinion of a Barret 250 HF radio with a tapped aerial.
I don't think I need the latest and the greatest. Just a functional radio with the option of using Radtel. Are the old style tapped aerial that much of a hassle?
I can get a second hand one supplied and fitted for $1150.00 with all the relevant channels with 12 month warranty.

What do you think?

cheers

Andrew
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:16

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:16
Hi Andrew
I used a tapped aerial for years, you just have to remember to change the wire tap if you change the frequency you are transmitting on. Just make sure that the Radio has selcall fitted for use with VKS737 RFDS etc. You need to check what frequencies are on the antenna is it is secondhand, as they will be the only frequencies you can transmit on.
Ray
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Follow Up By: Andy - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:28

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:28
Thanks Raymond
Apparently it does have selcall and all the relevant frequencies.
Is the price OK?
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Reply By: Pesty - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:42

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:42
Hi Andy,
I have a Scout ( made in queensland I believe) hf radio with a tap aerial which I bought s/h and had it altered to suit VKS and a new aerial, which cost a little less than yours but I still need to spend $400 to get it upgraded to sellcall. It is an very stable radio and works well. Nothing wrong with your tap aerial, just a little inconvenient , but you can save up fpr a autotune sometime in the future.

Cheers Steve
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Follow Up By: Andy - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:45

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 20:45
Thanks for your input Steve
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Reply By: Member - Raymond - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 21:09

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 21:09
Hi Andrew
The antenna new would be $380-400 and the Radios are on the nett secondhand with 30 day warrantee for about $800-900. Ebay had the radio without antenna for $500, but not sure on warrantee. Your cost with 12 month warrantee sound reasonable
Ray
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Follow Up By: Andy - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 21:12

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 21:12
Thanks again Ray
Might be a reasonable option
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Reply By: Bilbo - Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 23:33

Wednesday, Mar 24, 2004 at 23:33
Hmm,,,,,,,From past experience as a prospector in WA, Barretts aren't well regarded by bushys. Why? I duuno. They all reckon Codans are the way to go for HF. I use Codans and never a grain of trouble with 'em. I reckon the price you've been quoted is a bit rich, Here in WA they can be picked up in the Sunday Times or The Quokka for much cheaper. Antennas are 2 a penny. Most radio repair shops will sell you a good used one for about $50 to $100. NB - Radio Repair shops - not radio or electronics retailers.

Bilbo
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Follow Up By: Andy - Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 at 08:58

Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 at 08:58
Thankyou for your input Bilbo
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Reply By: signman - Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 at 14:02

Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 at 14:02
I just picked up a Codan with 99 user channels, 500 programmable channels, with a 9350 automatic antenna tuner, withh all harnesses an bits and pieces- in v.good condition for $1100.00.
Don't rush in with the Barrett- keep your options open. If you';re not in a great hurry- I'm sure a better deal will come along.
Oh..and I found mine thru this site Iin the for sale section)..
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Follow Up By: Andy - Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 at 17:42

Thursday, Mar 25, 2004 at 17:42
Thanks signman,

I should have been quicker huh?
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