My Belief is H.A.M. = Hardly Any Money because everytime a HAM has everythin EV>He needs in His Station, another New Item is advertised that every Ham EV>MUST HAVE.
The equipment manufacturers must think we're rich. I'm reminded of the cartoon where the robber tries to hold up this guy, and is told "You're
wasting your time...I'm a ham"!! <G>
I bought most of my gear used.
Some items were Hand Me Downs from another Ham with no price tag on it.
Sometimes, it's buyer beware, though. If they won't let you test it
first, it's best you decline their offer, and move on. Unfortunately,
some things at the flea markets are basically "worthless boat anchor doorstops".
Afaik there isn't a Amateur Radio Store close enough for Me to be bugging EV>the YF about My always needing something.
There used to be a nice ham radio store in Cabot, Arkansas many years ago...but it has long since gone out of business. The closest "store" to Arkansas now is Main Trading in Paris, Texas. Richard Lenoir, KI5DX, and
his family, are good folks to work with.
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