My girl friend's 11 year old son spent the summer at a science camp where he spent several weeks learning about Ham and short wave radios. He has learned morse code and got his licence (I am not sure exactly what that means). This youngster is a technology buff and very interested in anything electronic. He is in all the advancedscience classes and Aces them all.
Here is my problem...I know nothing about this hobby but would like to buy him a radio "transciever" for Christmas as it seems to be his only item on the wish list. I am not sure where to go except Radio Shack and the sales guys here do not seem to be really knowledgable on the subject.
Here are some details that might be important.
1. He is 11 years old with no one around to assist him in the building of a kit
2. He lives in New Jersey in a high rise building. 31st floor with a terrace that has a clear line of sight North, East and South.
3. I am sure he will need an antena that can be used on the terrace and not mounted on the roof or outside wall. The building is steel and concrete but his terrace is about 500 feet above the ground. (31st floor on a 200ft high palasade.
I hope this is enough detail for someone to recommend what I need to buy to get him started. Also what are price ranges for beginer's outfits.
I want to buy him something that is good enough to encourage him and not frustrate him yet I need to be $$ careful.
Any assistance would be helpful -- Also, need to know about new vs. used.
Thanks in advance for your firstname.lastname@example.org