Discussion in 'Becoming an Amateur Radio Operator/Upgrading Privi' started by HHARVEY, Sep 8, 2015.
Congratulations! You've taken the first step down a very interesting road.
Congrats on passing the test! Now, get on the air!
Thank you. I don't see my name in the FCC database yet so I am not on the air yet. I have not purchased a radio yet either.
I am studying for the general also. I think I would like to explore HF. I seem to have a interest in the vintage radios and I like to tinker and fix things.
Welcome to the forum and congrats on getting your license !
Congrats..get your general and forget about the IC-2730A. If you like to tinker and fix there's a big world out there for you.
Woohoo I just passed the General test this morning. I still haven't decided on my first radio yet.
Congrats on your test. I passed my tech in June then the General in August. I researched a ton of radios before I bought my first one, which ended up being a 2 meter mobile (yeasu 2900) and a 10 meter mobile (Radio shack htx-10). Love them both. 10 meters is kind of dead right now but you can still make an occasional contact now and then. I originally bought a president Lincoln ll 10 meter radio when I purchased my yaesu 2900 but the more I learned the radios functions I found out it's really NOT an amateur radio by most hams standards. It has Roger beep and 2 channel display echo etc. With a little further research on this forum and after reading post on "export radios" also on this forum I retired the Lincoln ll and started looking once again. Here's what I found: The two radio's that all hams seem to agree on and except as a "legitimate" ham radio is the radio shack htx-10 and htx-100. Only one problem though... No longer in production by many moons. I was lucky, after stalking e-bay for a few weeks I finally grabbed a new old stock HTX-10. So far it's been great. I was a little disappointed in the quality of the build of the unit but hey it's politically correct and does work really well. Just food for thought from another new ham.
I find that the reviews online and (usually) AMZN provide insight for identifying capabilities that are desired / required. If you are new, then you might want to consider the inexpensive HT radios from BaoFeng on AMZN and then upgrade if you need more.