I really wish Houston had an active Amateur Radio community

I’m in the market for a used solid-state HF (shortwave) receiver, a proper “tabletop” model, but unfortunately Houston doesn’t seem to have much of a local amateur radio “scene” that I can find.

The last time I hooked up my 2-meter transceiver, I heard ONE active repeater in the area, and that was after about half an hour of searching. As for any kind of local “swap meet” or forsale/wanted list, none seem to exist. There are some clubs down around NASA, but that’s a way from here. There’s Houston Amateur Radio Supply, but they’re a half-hour drive away and don’t have anything used for under $300.

I’ve tried eBay, but keep getting outbid by a dollar or two at the last minute for the last three auctions that I have bid on. One for an Icom 720A, one for an Icom R-70, and one for a Radio Shack DX-300.

Anybody reading this have (or know of) a solid-state HF/shortwave receiver sitting in someone’s closet that needs a new home? I have a budget of $150.

(I’m trying to rebuild my “ham shack” in the process of upgrading to a General-class amateur radio license from my current Technician-class)

10 thoughts on “I really wish Houston had an active Amateur Radio community

  1. Have you thought about any of the computer controlled receivers, like stuff from Win Radio…


    Oh, just looked at your budget. The stuff from WR is pretty pricey, but I love the idea of incorporating a radio into my system.

  2. don’t know of the unit, but have you been to O&E Electronics on Shepherd a few blocks south of 610 north? I read your earlier post about the lack of electronic stores in Houston (definitely check ACE out, if you haven’t) – O&E is small, but has a lot of really esoteric stuff — worth asking them.

  3. If you’re still looking I’ve got an excellent RadioShack DX-300 general coverage receiver that I’m doing nothing with. I have the owners manual and a service manual for the near-identical DX-302. It was given a tune up by George over at Houston Amateur Radio Supply a few years ago right before I put it in the closet.

    I too wish Houston had a more active HAM community with some younger people into the hobby. I’m 27, had my ticket for ten years and have gone years at a time without a radio because there’s nobody to talk to.

    Email me, f41driver@hotmail.com.

  4. You point is well spoken. I was sat for the General license when I was in high school, and took the extra at the same time I sat for the General Radio First Class Radio telephone.
    I am old, well not real old but as I remember amateur radio was mainly an interest for radio and television related engineers who made their own equipment, with the reciever being a noted exception.
    No one makes anything anymore, much less can modify or repair any transmitter gear. Lost art apparently, everyone is an appliance operator.
    My license has been dormant for twenty years, I called the FCC and my old callsign has not been reassigned, I could easily pass the written test again, and maybe squeak out eight words of code with a weeks practice…but as you mentioned who would you talk to unless it was significant DX?

  5. I am looking to hire 2-3 dispatchers. Hopefully, you can send this to your friends or post something. We are a fire restoration company in Northwest Houston that listens in on fire dept scanners and radios and send the info to our sales people to go after the work. Please help me get the word out. Thanks,


  6. Hi all

    wow I just moved here from Boise ID and when I saw the enormous colection of repeaters I assumed the area was teeming with clubs and events
    In response to charles well some of us still tinker a lot, I have never had a factory built base antennathey have all been windoms, inverted v,s, and quads made from commercial wire. and as for my mobile, well if you see a white 99 chevy with a big home made dk Johnson tyoe screwdriver on rear bumper, thats me so lets wind it up and get the fire built, when we make the hobby interesting it will draw the young people in too
    oh and by the way I have only been a ham since 02 kd7rqq/5

  7. Apple now has Rhapsody as an app, which is a great start, but it is currently hampered by the inability to store locally on your iPod, and has a dismal 64kbps bit rate. If this changes, then it will somewhat negate this advantage for the Zune, but the 10 songs per month will still be a big plus in Zune Pass’ favor.

  8. Several years ago, when coming to visit my family from Tampa Bay, I began bringing my HT. From scanning my existing frequencies, I found 146.940 active mainly when ops were going to and from work. I’ve stayed monitoring this freq when here and always found interesting conversations.

    If you travel to N Tampa Bay, our club 146.880 is at your service!

  9. Send me your specifics and perhaps I can locate equipment for you in the Tidewater area of Virginia. You can’t possibly be THAT old!

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