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Author Topic: Base station  (Read 722 times)
KILL9843
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« on: September 01, 2002, 07:22:02 PM »

I am new to ham radio and am about to take my technician class exam. I need to get some equiptment and have no clue about what to get, there are so many diffrent ones in the product review etc i dont know where to start. I am looking for a base station that will allow me to operation on as many frequencies as possible for about $350-400. I want to get a multi band cheap antenna aswell (that works well), and .... thats about it i guess.

Please provide me with some feedback on what would be best for my needs as a new ham!
Thanks
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WB2WIK
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« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2002, 07:25:24 PM »

I'd recommend: Get the license first, as technology changes so rapidly that a great deal today might be a mistake tomorrow.

Then, join a local ham radio club (no matter where you live, there is one!), go to a couple of meetings and ask the folks there what they're using, what they like, and why.  You can probably also arrange a live, hands-on equipment demo of a few different setups this way, and make a much more informed decision.

Also, leave sufficient budget for a good antenna (or more than one).  The world's best equipment stinks when the antenna it's connected to does.  But, great antennas can make nearly any old equipment work extremely well.

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M0CUS
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2002, 03:09:59 AM »

I have to agree with the first comment about joining your local club to get some hands on use then make your own decision. As for the antenna a lot has to do with how much space you have. In my experence most multi band antennas are a compromise with coils or other bits just to make them resonate on the various bands. If you want a no compromise antenna on a tight budget then I would go for a quad. They are simple and cheap to make and if made correctly will usually have a slight edge over a mono band 3 element yagi and certainly over any tri band 3 element yagi.
Tip. If you do decide to make a quad you can usually scrounge the enamel wire from your local motor rewind company as any lengths under 100ft are usually no use to them.
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N6AJR
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« Reply #3 on: May 21, 2003, 08:05:49 PM »

I would reccommend a dual band Kenwood TM- G707 dual band and will do satalites and a cushcraft dual band verticle for the house $89 new and a dual band mag moun for the car  and you will need a power supply for the house ( 10 or 12 amps )

This will get you on the local repeaters, and let you do satalites, and still be in your budget and you have a Nice rig to boot.
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