If you've got a half way decent computer and are pretty savy with operating systems and peripheral set-ups, you might want to try a software defined radio. Flex Radio seems to have the most advanced hardware. They just introduced their new versions, the 5000A and 5000C, so many of the owners of the original version, the 1000, are selling them at half or less of what they cost new. Somthing just over $1,000 for the basic unit and more for the various add ons like the transverter, etc.
If you go to their web site, Flex-Radio.com, you should be able to find units for sale in their reflector.