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Once you get licensed, choosing your first radio can be a daunting task. There are SO many to choose from. So where do you start?
decide what features are important to you, and what bands you'll likely want to talk on the most. If you just got your technician license, it's likely the 2m and 70cm bands will be the ones you're going to use the most.
Note for Sacramento, CA area residents: there are no active 70cm repeaters because of air force restrictions in the 150mi radius area surrounding Beale Air Force base. So 2m is much more important in our area
You may want to consider an HF radio so you can talk on 6m and 10m as well, but many wait until they become a General class before heading for HF, which is where the fun really kicks in.
Your other likely parameters include:
Search through the many choices for the radios that meet your criteria. And since this is hard, I've summarized a few popular options below. But there are so many more to choose from, you should certainly find one that is close to your needs below and then go see what similar radios there might be which might be an even better fit for you.
Note: There are almost always discounts on each of these, so this is likely the most you'll pay.
|Yaesu FT-8GR||2m/70cm |
|Yaesu FT-8DR||2m/70cm/6 |
|N||Y||128||$108 ($36 on sale|
|N||Y||128||$49 ($39 on sale|
note: I need to list ICOM and Kenwood choices still ; they make great radios too
Decide what accessories do you want? Most radios comes with the bare essentials, but make sure you consider the following (which may or may not be included with the radio
And finally, where should you buy it? There are a number of ham radio vendor choices, and no bad ones IMHO: