Picked one up from Ebay in June 2020 for less than I bought my first 210x for. The transmitter worked, but the receiver needed help. Affordable Radio Repair in Florence, CO overhauled the receiver chain, aligned it, and made her as good as new.
Some have commented on eham about the 180 being drifty, but since mine was rebuilt, it is ROCK SOLID...a hallmark of the Atlas Radio line.
I am a CW enthusiast, and have been for 32 years. The 180, as well as 210/215 are CAPABLE of CW, but it isn't its first nature. You manually have to kick it from Tranmit to Receive...passing through another stage first. And because the oscillator needs time to start after being in receive, you MUST wait about one second in each position...hardly QSK. But it works.
The receiver is more sensitive than my Yaesu.
The S meter is an ACTUAL meter...and that meter shows quite a lot more than many modern rigs.
Overall, it is a fantastic radio.
New in 1974: $479
In today's money: $2669. (That was an EXPENSIVE radio back in the day
I have not had the opportunity to operate the Atlas
180 Transceiver but I would like to because it has
a rugged appearance.
I believe that it will operate very well in a
I would like to have the opportunity to try this
xcvr some day and operate in a remote area to test
its range and other features.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to
write a review of this fine looking piece of gear.