Answers by the numbers;
1) I know absolutely NOTHING about radios except the most BASIC understanding of operation and science behind the craft.
> thats OK, too many new hams today have no idea how or why radio works.. Check out the ARRL, they have a nice video tape that explains a lot. www.arrl.org
2) I know even less when it comes to the rhetoric and jargon in the radio world. the only thing I do know is that HAM (whatever they are) operators use "handles" instead of names kinda like CAS using aliases (this little bit of info. for those who would understand ;-) )
> Hams use a FCC issued call sign, the persons "handle" is their name. Hams had handles long before CBers.
3)While I'm intelligent, I'm a hair mentally lazy so I do not wish to learn this skill beyond having a strong working proficiency in it and the ability to do basic troubleshooting and/or repairs. In other words, I probably won't become a fanatic-just another skill in the tool box.
>no need to be Mensa material, just look at some of the users here heehee.
4) I love the outdoors. I have no interest in a purely static form of transmission and receiving and I would enjoy a home device that's small enough to be picked up with two hands and fairly quickly be moved around as well as hand held receivers for mobile use.
> there are many groups dedicated to outdoor use of radio. One being HF Pack www.hfpack.com
and another being Adventure Radio
5) Usage would be for recreational communication/ listening and crisis ussage such as a natural disaster or otherwise.
> Thats what it says in the FCC rules.
6) I live in New York City. (this might affect transmission and receiving?-just a guess)
> sorry to hear that. You might find others stuck in NYC... www.limarc.org
7)I don't have much money
>welcome to the club. None of use have enough money.
8)For those of you that find this info. pertinent and/or useful, I'm 27yrs. old.
> old dog, new trick eh?