I'm a new ham just recently getting my Techncian class in January 2013. I'm looking at the Yaseu FT-897D that has HF, 2 , 6, and 70cm bands. I live in the lower part of Alabama. I'm womdering if this should be my first rig or maybe something else. There are four rigs that I'm considering. The Icom IC-718, IC-7200 and the FT-450D. I'm also studying for my General class and hope to take the test in April. Any comments or info will be greatly appreciated.
Is this the rig you really, really want? What I council against strongly, Padawan, is buying this one mostly
for its VHF/UHF coverage. Down here in L.A. (Lower Alabama, y'all), there is precious little activity on these bands day in and day out. If six meters is open, cool, but most of the time it isn't, and there isn't much going on here even on the repeaters. If you like this rig, sure, go for it, but, again, I wouldn't buy it just
because it covers VHF/UHF... A cheap little FT1900 will get you on 2-meters while you study for your General.