Hello and congrats on your new ticket. My opinion and there are many....
The 101 series is a great radio. Besides ssb which you are limited too right now you will have am with this unit. They are a tube type rig but in a modular design. Most of the sections/blocks in this unit can be removed with two screws. They can be a little tricky to tune up, you must follow the instructions or risk damage to the unit or a very unclean signal. Yes they are difficult to work on, I am attempting to fix a tx problem with mine right now. It would be best to find an Elmer that has experience with this or other tube rigs. They are tough and if it works now it will more than likely continue to work for a long time. They look cool and sound great. It is rumored that after you get your general ticket, you could get on 80m am and mingle with the am boys. Not keep up with but mingle! AM audio on these sounds very nice if tuned properly. If you can get it for less than $125.00. I bought mine for $85.00 with a D104 mic. Any questions reply here or my call at arrl.net.
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