Newbie needs advice on new transceiver purchase

Newbie needs advice on new transceiver purchase

Post by Scott Heine » Thu, 05 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Hello everyone,

I got my novice license in 1991 and played with my radio off and on for the
next 3 or 4 years. Then my radio broke. It was a cool Drake(not sure which
model) that my dad's friend had given to him. I have had no luck fixing it
since my expertise is in web application programming, not electronics.
Anyway, I've had this neverending itch to get back into the ham radio stuff
again, but I think I am gonna need a new tranceiver.

Here is the situation. I live in a suburban-ish area in an apartment
complex. That's gonna limit what I can do with my antenna. So I am looking
for some advice from you experts on what is a good low-cost
most-bang-for-the-buck tranceiver? What other equipment would I need, etc. I
don't know if it's realistic or not, but I am hoping for something that
would at least allow me to hear outside the US on good days. I clearly
remember straining to hear distant hams overseas (on 80, 40, 15, and 10
meters) and desparately trying to CQ them. :) So that's kind of what I was
hoping to get.

Thanks in advance for any help anyone can offer!



Newbie needs advice on new transceiver purchase

Post by WB3KUM/ » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00

There a about 7 million HAMS in the world, and about as many opinions.

There several classes of radios based on price and features, first decide on
what you are looking for and then pick one from that class.

For New radios-
Basic HF radios like the Yaseu FT-840 or the new replacement, ICOM and Kenwood
have one also.

General Coverage
These may or may not have 1 or more VHF bands like the Kenwood TS-570, Yaesu
FT-847, ICOM IC-746, Ten-Tec Omni VI.

Mobile General Coverage
ICOM IC-706 (MKII)(MK IIG), Yaesu FT-100

Competetion Class
Kenwood TS-940, Yaesu FT 980, 990, 1000

VHF/UHF also have similar features.

READ EVERYTHING, then you decide what you want and can afford.