Skyrocketing 27Mhz prices may indicate new interest in hobby
In what has come as a surprise to many in the hobby, the second hand market for 27Mhz base stations has been heating up rapidly over the last few months.
Despite many decrying the 27Mhz hobby as long dead, the highly contested second hand market for 27Mhz hardware paints a very different picture. Whether this is a result of collectors driving up prices for pieces to add to their personal collections, or from a new generation of interested operators has yet to be determined.
Whilst rare sets have always attracted significant interest on the second hand market, it appears that even run of the mill sets such as the Uniden PC122 are attracting eye watering prices – with multiple units selling for over $230 within the last month alone. Base station units such as the Uniden PRO810e attract a significant premium, selling for well over $400. Rarer units, such as the Lafayette Telsat SSB-140 are attracting final bids in excess of $600.
Regardless of whether it’s to get back on the air and take advantage of the 27Mhz revival or simply to see whether you old sets might now be worth a significant amount of money, there’s never been a better time to dust off the boxes in the shed. You might be surprised at what you find.
IDE love to buy a brand new Australian compliant ssb hf cb, but they literally don’t exist. IDE argue that the supply has stopped, rather than the demand going up. i need long range telemetry and am not allowed to use my hf license for unmanned stations, nor can uhf make the ranges that i need. there is literally no legal option but to go second hand in Australia. and once all the units die of old age, there will simply be no legal option.