Traeger Scout HF Radio

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 17:02
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I am looking to buy a secondhand Traeger Scout HF radio.

What are these radios like? Any reports for or against are welcome.

Its about 10+ years old with a multitap antennae and fitted with two VKS737 channels and six RFDS channels.

Whats it worth?
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Reply By: The Banjo - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 17:20

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 17:20
I'm in VKS737 - had a "Tracker" Scout myself for a year or two (would have been 20 years old probably) - damned good "talk" radio - no good for selcall/radphone etc....but for basic comms these can surpass the performance of the new all singing-all dancing radios. Give it a good test first - by hopefully someone who knows what to expect of it. Sold mine 3 years back for $500 ..........8022khz is vital for VKS737 - if the other is 5455khz, I guess its worth $250 -$500 (a good multitap antenna new is worth hundreds). Sold mine because I wanted to get into radphone/selcall etc.....it may be upgradeable to selcall via a Jenal Microphone but it may be best to trade up as I did if you want the higher level facilities. If you are looking to get into VKS737, you could try Steve Johnston for an opinion on the radio - go to the contact page here.
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Follow Up By: Willem - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:57

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:57
I bought a new multi tap antenna recently for $316 in Adelaide. It is about the same price in Perth from Terlin Antennas.

My old Codan 6924(a 1970-1model) works well for a voice only unit and I have picked up Charters Towers Base loud and clear from my place. Must be 2000km away as the flow cries. I have a Satphone to compensate for not having Secall/Radphone :-)
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Reply By: locallaw - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:52

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:52
Gidday Sam,If you are interested I have a Tracker Scout for sale.Has been tested and works ok.Puts out 100 watts.It has remote head but it needs a 3 core cable to connect You can still use it as a local setup.It has 1 rfds crystal 2020 fitted and other private freqs.I will throw a multi tap with the rfds tap.I want $200.00 plus freight.If you want to contact me email martincollins@qldnet.com.au.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: locallaw - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:58

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 18:58
Gidday again,I forgot to tell you you can purchase a multi tap antenna for $120.00 from a ham club down south with all vks437 freqs and 27 mhz freqs.I have one and it works very well.
Seeya Locallaw
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:59

Wednesday, Jun 23, 2004 at 20:59
Sam,

A neighbour had a couple of these about 15 years ago, when we all had HF, and no phone.

Always blasted in well, in fact they worked so well you could hear these people talking for miles around, they used the HF's for vehicle to vehicle comms.

Should be worth $200-$300. I sold Codan 7727 2 years ago with cradle, spring base and power lead for $350, but no whip.

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