Hello Master of the airwaves,
I am a new Lic. ARO and would like to ask the for an opinion on a first time radio. I have my eye on 2 for a Home base. Both I have read the reviews for and I am having hard time deciding. They seem to be both evenly priced and seem to have, for the most part, the same features, however it is not an easy choice. The 2 radios are The Yeasu FT-857D and the Icom IC-706MKIIG. I have sort of decided on a mobile and an HT but the base is the most important fro what I have figured out for my situation. Being from Canada it makes it hard to purchase anything used as most US Hams will not send to Canada because of the Government on both sides. With all the forms and bureaucratic bull I'm surprised we sell anything back and forth. Free Trade my Butt. LOL.
I have read a few times that some people don't like to buy new but I would think for my first radios I would like to buy new so I have a warranty. Sounds like this may be a good thing to start out with.
If you could also recommend accessories for each.
I haven't purchased anything yet, am I mean Nothing I have a very good friend who has lent me an old HT the I had been using as a mobile mounted in my car but I think I have blown it for now. Have to get it fixed for him. So I am really not using anything. Wow, when the bug bites he bites hard. I miss the radio already and I'm only new to it and haven't gotten into anything heavy yet.
Well thats it for now, Thanks in advance for all those who answer.
And if any of you find yourselves in the unique position to have way too much stuff in your shack, donations can be sent to... Dan...:-)
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