Hello OM (name?) and welcome to ham radio.
YVR2YYC doesn't come up as a callsign on QRZ.com.
Is that your "Aeronautical radio license"? Just curious, it's not important
I don't have a huge budget so I will definitely
be shopping around in the used market.
Many new hams want to go used, but some Caveats need
to be remembered. Don't buy ANYTHING from EBay
(at this point in your ham career anyway)
A lot of people get fleeced there, especially newcomers,
and even using Pay Pal. Yeah, you *might* get your money
back 6 months down the road, but is it worth the hassle?
I would join the local club and find am Elmer (Mentor).
There have to be local used rigs for sale, and he can
go with you and examine & test the rig "Hands On" and
knows all the right questions to ask the seller. This is
an invaluable help. I cannot stress it enough. And....some club
member might even loan you an HF radio that he is not currently
using or is trying to sell.Antennas:
Store built/store bought antennas are expensive.Buy or borrow or a copy of the ARRL Antenna Book, ANY edition.
There are dozens of wire antennas you can build for HF VERY cheaply.
There is SO MUCH to DO and new things to LEARN in this hobby
(if you want to!) That to me is why it is NEVER, EVER gets boring.
Acquiring new knowledge is like looking up and seeing an Inverted
pyramid stuck to the ceiling. If you want to cut down the pyramid,
(Learning) you have to take off one slice at a time. But as you
cut those slices off of the upside down pyraamid, when you
look up, you see that the next "slice" is geometrically larger
than the previous slice. That is:
We learn that the more we know....
the more we actually DON'T know!
That to me is exciting.
Welcome and thanks for posting.
73, Ken AD6KA