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JoeandJane

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Maybe getting into Ham
« on: June 08, 2018, 11:54:14 PM »
Iím not yet licensed, but am interested in getting into ham radio.  Was into CB back in the day and have always been intrigued by ham.  I suppose I could just buy a Baofeng handheld to start listening to but wondering if something like a TYT TH-9800 might be a reasonable starting point?  Advice??  What should I get for a basic antenna I can run up a pole?
« Last Edit: June 09, 2018, 12:08:52 AM by JoeandJane »
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SeilerBird

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Re: Maybe getting into Ham
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2018, 02:47:31 AM »
I think ham radio has been replaced by Facebook. :-\
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Re: Maybe getting into Ham
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2018, 09:02:09 AM »
Amateur radio is far from being dead. The number of licensed hams is constantly growing, as are the various technologies used by hams.

Before purchasing anything, I would hook up with a local club. They can provide guidance as to getting your license and obtaining equipment. Many clubs have gear to loan to new hams.

Your question is very timely. ARRL Field Day is June 23 and 24. Field Day is an annual event where thousands of hams set up portable stations throughout the country, as a social event and to practice for emergency situations. To find an event near you, go to: http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator. Most likely, they will sit you in a chair and get you on the air talking to folks across the country or around the world.

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