Best Ham Radio to purchase long-term for a new Ham Radio operator?

Dr M Asked: Best Ham Radio to purchase long-term for a new Ham Radio operator?

I'm getting my Ham Radio license and wanted to get one just for emergency preparedness and was wondering what recommendations any other operators might have as to a type to get for a first time long-term use.Thanks in advance!

Answers:

Answered:
For emergency use, a dual band (2m, 70cm) handheld will work or a dual band mobile radio.



lare Answered:
what you didn't say is if you want this for your home, automobile or hand carry. a dual band HT would be good for hand carry, assuming you live in an area that has a repeater.the most interesting band is 10 meters because it offers casual communications over long distance with simple equipment, and is a good band to use in an automobile. The lower HF bands, like 40 meters are good for regular nets and occassional ragchew, but require a large antenna so are best suited to home use. any band can be set up for emergency use, as in ARRL field day. I had a solar panel on my car and an ICOM706 for both HF and VHF bands. See if there is a ham club in your area. Clubs usually have a station set up for all bands and that would be a way for you to get operating experience to base you purchase decisions on.



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