My first shack consisted of an HTX-212 that was ran off of a 3amp CB power supply in parallel with an old lead acid car battery. I had just turned 18 and was working for Radio Shack, which is how I could afford the radio. I had been licensed for more than a year up to that point and never actually operated any amateur radio outside of KG0ZZ's Kenwood 590 on field day. A beat to hell RCI 2950 joined the fray around a year later, and shortly thereafter, I gave up on radio for about 20 years. Still got both, cannot figure out how to program the tones for 2m or I would use it.