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Author Topic: HT recommendation for teenager  (Read 2706 times)
AL7MM
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« on: March 23, 2011, 12:20:44 PM »

My son is studying for his Tech ticket, and I told him I will buy him an HT when he passes.  I am looking for recommendations on a simple, rugged HT that will be easy to use but not something that he will "outgrow".  I am leaning towards a 2m HT from either Alinco or Yaesu.  Any thought would be appreciated!
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Mike, KL7MJ
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KC8IUR
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« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2011, 12:43:30 PM »

I'd say wait to see how HB 607 goes. If it passes, and we lose most of 70cm, get him a Yaesu FT-250R 2m HT. If we keep 440, get the FT-60 dual bander. Both use the same batteries and are water resistant.
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K9KJM
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« Reply #2 on: March 23, 2011, 10:48:46 PM »

A great micro size hand held is the little Yaesu VX 3.   Big advantage is that it takes common camera batteries available for just 5 bucks each. (A perfect radio if you will be cross band repeating someday)
For a full size, Full power, The Yaesu FT 60 cant be beat for a no frills handi at a great price.
(The odds of losing all of the 440 band are very slim.  We will keep the upper FM portion, But might lose some of the lower CW/SSB part.)


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« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2011, 05:51:28 AM »

I've mentioned it before on this forum but I really like the Alinco DJ-580 that I picked up off of ebay. It is 2m/440 and is very easy to operate. It is certainly not the smallest thing around but it is more compact that say, a Radio Shack HTX-202 which is what I started out with. It puts out 5w on both bands and has all the bells and whistles that you need to get started. It also has the cross-band repeat feature that many find helpful. This is a super easy to find radio at either hamfests or online. Also, the Chinese brand HT's are gaining alot of popularity like Woxun and they are dirt cheap. I haven't had any experience with them so I can't speak to their usability or reliability but I've heard alot of good things, especially for the >$100 price tag. For just getting into the Ham world there is nothing better than an HT with an external antenna for home and mobile use.
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« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2011, 09:59:33 AM »

I love my Wouxun.  Its receiver is very sensitive and I get good reports on transmit audio.  Be sure to get the programming cable and download the software; it can be tedious to program otherwise.
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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011, 09:52:13 AM »

I would reccomend a dual band HT. I'm not sure how active repeaters are around you, but around here I find them to be very quiet (it could be very different by you!) The reason I reccomend a dual band HT is that for $20-$25 you can build a satellite antenna and work the Low Earth Orbit sats. It brings some excitement to the hobby.
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AL7MM
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« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2011, 11:10:22 AM »

All -

Thanks for the replies.  It sounds like a dual bander is the way to go.  Now it's up to him!

73,
Mike, KL7MJ
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