New to ham radio, looking for some advice.

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by KN4SMQ, Mar 6, 2019.

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  1. WF4W

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    seems a lot of new hams like UHV/VHF/Digital Voice coupled with some sort of gateway device that allows them access to digital voice channels (DSTAR, Fusion, etc) via internet.
    Look at the Ic-4100 mobile rig + ZUMSpot for a relatively inexpensive entry into FM Analog and Digital
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  2. W4EAE

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    It is only 2m FM; but for cost, radio quality, transmit power, and durability I do not think that you can beat the Yaesu FT-2980R at $119.95.

    Of course it depends on where you live; but for a lot of places in the United States, you will not really miss much without 70cm.
  3. KE8JNU

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    I recommend the ID-51+. Its a great radio for 2m/70cm and DSTAR if you're into that.
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  4. K1SZO

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    ....and you thought the websites that sell radios was confusing! :D

    Buying without some frame of reference can end up being costly and a lot of buyers remorse. If you don't have a radio now, I would go with a little cheap Chinese HT that you can use while you feel your way other radio choices and zone in on the radio that fits you best.

    My personal solution is the following:
    • Kenwood TM-V71A dual band 2m/70c radio with cross-band repeat and Echolink support. On sale you can get it under $350US.
    • Boafang HT. ($32US)
    Then I can put the Kenwood in cross-band repeat mode and walk around the house with my Boafang on low power, yet the Kenwood will act as a repeater pushing out up to 50 watts of power from my roof mounted vertical. (Diamond X300 2m/70cm antenna)

    With Anderson power poles and the proper mounting in the car. You can have your Kenwood as a grab and go radio for home base station and mobile use.
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  5. KK6NOH

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    Don't let anyone tell you the chinese mobile rigs are bad. They are great for the money.
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  6. K4AGO

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    Yep, the Chinese radios are great for the money. If only they were legal in the USA. That's what the FCC says anyway.
  7. WB2WIK

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    I tried a Chinese radio, and was always hungry an hour later.:(
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  8. K1LKP

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  9. W4EAE

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    Just check for certification. Not every Chinese radio has a valid FFC ID, but many do.

    Part 90 certification? No problem. If Amateurs could not use Part 90 certified radios, all of those Motorolla repeaters would be illegal as well. :)
  10. K9KQX

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    If you can find a cheap used yaesu fusion, icom dstar, or dmr radio, you can couple that with a zumspot and talk around the world through internet linking VoIP. You can even use these zumspots or similar devices while traveling if you can use the cellular hot spot WiFi on your smart phone to provide internet connectivity to the zumspot. Done it many times on long road trips when you can't find someone to talk to on a repeater.
    Just something to consider in your early stages of ham radio. And by the way welcome to the hobby. Give it some time and you'll find some interesting things to do. And I'd highly recommend getting the general, since that will offer you a lot more playground to mess around in
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