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Old 02-13-2012, 08:16 PM
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Oh yeah, this tread... How timely.

I just added another chunk to my total due to the "WorldwideDX Amateur Radio Club" D-Star Repeater. Should have my IC-2820H with the D-Star module tomorrow if UPS is on their game.

And Mole keeps saying "when are you gonna get your General?". Dude, yer killin' me here...

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Old 02-17-2012, 06:40 PM
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Ham radio license: A public ham demo event in The Villages at the end of last year reminded me that getting a license is something I wanted to do for 40 years except for the previously required morse code.

Which radio: This is the best organized, most helpful site on the web. A lot of helpful, non-judgemental, polite people reply quickly. Actually, so far it appears most of this hobby is like that. I constrast that with the photography forums which to me seem more harshly critical than really helpful. I find that disconcerting for something that is so artistically subjective.

Ham, on the other hand, primarily thrives on learning and experimentation and sharing ideas and methods. If someone wants to wrap a wire around the perimeter of their house as an antenna, folks say "go for it - and let us know how it turns out."

While opinions vary (expected and welcomed), this site certainly provides helpful feedback on the direction amateur amateurs are considering in their purchase of equipment.
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Yes, I got the Kenwood radios in part because of this site as well as the experience of several local hams who have Kenwoods. The comments on this site were part of the mix.

The characteristics of the Kenwoods that influenced me from this site are the Kenwood feature set (APRS; TNC; broadband HT) reliablity, completeness of instructions and logical organization of the interface menu system.
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OK . . . I'll cop to it . . .

Bought a Beofeng UV-5R 2m/70cm handy-talky while reading the thread/review of that same name.
Never was interested in HT's at all before. But for the price that HT sold for - plus the fact that others already had bought, tried, and liked it - I thought it was worth the risk.
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After reading the review of the Baofeng UV-3R I ordered up one from The 409 shop

as a "present" to myself, It's GREAT ! Does everything I want it to, and more. It is

very light and easy to carry around, now,, I'm looking at the UV-5R but, I think I'll

wait a bit to see if they fix a couple of the "bugs" first.

Thanks for doing the reviews of the radios, it helps a lot.

73 KD8HLY George

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My first radio was a Yaesu ft 8800 that I bought because of a recommendation from Acidrod, Mark. My base station unit is a Yaesu FT 897D. After reading Tim's review, I made the purchase. Nice rig and portable also. That part I like a lot.
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With all of the information and reviews that members post about ham radio equipment on this site, I started wondering just how much these topics have influenced others to buy. So, I figured it would be fun to find out!

If you've purchased a piece of ham radio equipment and were influenced to do so because of this site, what was it?
I purchased the MFJ-1026 because of the excellent review and video demonstration from Tim.... Keep up the great work and many thanks...

Bill KN4IX

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Old 04-16-2012, 06:58 PM
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I just bought an Optima mk2 radio which works real good on 10 metres.
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