Sooooooo many options, New,Used, Got a trade. Whats your Budget. Also something to think about are you looking at a complete HF station. Coax, antenna and rig. Also a lot of fun on ten meters for a new teck. Handy talkie. So many directions! I hope I confused you?????
What do y'all recommend for a newly liscened technician as a first radio that is reasonable in price? Mobile and/or base radio that is.
I'm studying for my tech test but was wondering what radios to look at.
Thanks for the help
For local chatting a 2 meter/440 FM rig will fit the bill and you can build a Jpole for that radio for about 30$ or so that will work pretty well....
For HF,you have a small chunk of the 10 meter band ...28.300 to 28.500 for SSB voice...I have been hearing that 10 meters has been hopping the past couple of weeks.....can make world wide contacts there with 100 watts,there are nice little HF radios that can be had for about 300$ or so( or even a good old 2950 or 2970 would make a good 10 meter rig),and you can either use a retuned CB antenna or home brew a dipole for 10 meters and have at it !
Then go for the general class ticket and you are off and running on HF...I am a huge fan of 17 meters,I have contacts all over the world there running 100 watts and a off center fed windom antenna
well, I'm gonna go against the concept of a 10 meter only rig for a first radio.
you will be better off with a multi-band Amateur HF rig.
the $300 - 400 does kinda limit your posibilities tho. a 10 - 160 rig with the WARC bands, might be hard (but not impossible) to find
there a few older rigs on QTH.COM that fit your price range. a TS-130 for $275, a TS-140 for $350, ect certainly not the "best" rigs, but, for the price, you may want to consider them or other similar rigs as a "beginners" radio.