- DX Engineering window line doublets. I have had one up for a couple years. Great materials, solid installation guidelines and most importantly, a fine antenna for the money.
- Used Johnson Matchbox. I picked one up for $125 and use it with a DX Engineering doublet. Just works.
- QRP Labs QCX. $50 gets you a single band QRP radio with a frequency display, single signal receiver, internal keyer. I have had one on the air for almost two years and it has held up great.
- Used VHF/UHF gear. Less than $300 and you have a full featured dual band mobile radio. Well under $200 and you have a feature laden HT.
- American Morse Porta Paddle. Gets the job done.
- HamProjects MORTTY. Awesome keyer for peanuts. Integrates easily with N1MM and N3FJP.
- Multus Proficio SDR. Very high performance radio with great support. QRP, but integrates in seconds with a Hobby PCB Hardrock. No sidetone, so CW ops will need a keyer that squeaks. I use a Logitek and dig the pair.
Yes, I own all of these except for number 4, and that is going to change soon enough.
I could spend almost at the unlimited class, but I choose not to because the hunt of finding high performance gear that is economical forces me to think through things completely. The hunt is far more fun than the kill is the logic.