Icom IC-718 HF All Band Amateur Base Transceiver / sds200?

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yes that distrbution thingy is safe,logical i guess almost.

that radio dual band,idk with the face plate thing....that model. screen has much info,sweet. but i was also thinking a little bigger for base. bigger radio/unit. $500 sounds okay but bigger unit. ANTENNA,yes im getting that one. looking at the videos on that radio now...looking around,lol.

in car i might go with half price...president radios?

on test...txs, i should pass hopefully. im taking one at a time,tech then general then maybe extra. i wasnt a great tester in my school days so ill do 1 at a time study one at a time,lol. been wanting to do this for years. NOW...plenty time to study. was hard getting appt to do remote exam thou...

k...let me snoop around...whats your next 2 radios you like?

i was over thinking so now im slowed down now....lol txs peps
 
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yes that distrbution thingy is safe,logical i guess almost.

that radio dual band,idk with the face plate thing....that model. screen has much info,sweet. but i was also thinking a little bigger for base. bigger radio/unit. $500 sounds okay but bigger unit. ANTENNA,yes im getting that one. looking at the videos on that radio now...looking around,lol.

Base, VHF/UHF with big display, then maybe consider something like this:
Using a mobile radio in a base application is fine and fairly common, but since the radios are designed to go in a vehicle, they are going to be limited in size.

in car i might go with half price...president radios?

Well, yeah, but those are either CB or 10/12 meter band, depending on what you buy. The base radio above is 2 meter/70 centimeter and and the two radios are not going to talk to each other.

Again, maybe we're missing what you are looking for. Not sure if others in your family are going to get their licenses or not? Usually 2/70 is a good place to start. Have one at home, one in the car. If someone else has their license at home, they can call you in the car.

But if you want a different type of radio to play with in the car, that's fine. The President 10/12 meter radios are not great radios, basically a disguised CB radio with some amateur radio capability. Also, finding a suitable mobile antenna for it is going to take some work.

But, your money, your decision.

on test...txs, i should pass hopefully. im taking one at a time,tech then general then maybe extra. i wasnt a great tester in my school days so ill do 1 at a time study one at a time,lol. been wanting to do this for years. NOW...plenty time to study. was hard getting appt to do remote exam thou...

k...let me snoop around...whats your next 2 radios you like?

i was over thinking so now im slowed down now....lol txs peps

Well, I use a lot of commercial stuff so I only need one radio for play and for work. But that's a whole different subject. Not a good choice for someone new to the hobby.

If I was doing it all over again from the start, as in new amateur license, no experience, etc. I'd probably do something similar to what I did back in the late 80's/early 90's. I bought a hand held radio and used that for a bit. Gave me some experience without a lot of expensive equipment. As I realized what my interests were, I added a 2 meter VHF radio to my truck. Pretty much stuck with that for about 20 years. That gave me some form of communications just about everywhere I'd go.

At one point I did add an HF radio at home, in fact it was the Icom IC-718. I used it for a year or two, but sort of lost interest in HF radio. I didn't have much space for a good antenna system, so I was a bit limited. I eventually sold it.

For a newcomer, I'd suggest starting slow with a dual band radio at home and/or in your car. You have a lot of options with that without a huge expenditure. You may find there are a lot of people to talk to in your area, or using repeater, or linking into one of the networked repeater systems.

Personally I always like to trying things out first without spending a lot of money. You may love the hobby and want to expand, or you might find that something basic is good enough. Like I've said above, start slow and figure out what you want to do. There's just too many facets to the amateur radio hobby to grab them all right out of the gate.
 

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k...passed tech. Do general soon. They said by end of week I’ll get call sign. ...k...now a radio peps.....2/70 is we’re ill start so that’s best advice. Need antenna and radio...lQQking. Suggestion is great...dual band correct? Txs all....$200 for below one.
 

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k...passed tech. Do general soon. They said by end of week I’ll get call sign. ...k...now a radio peps.....2/70 is we’re ill start so that’s best advice. Need antenna and radio...lQQking. Suggestion is great...dual band correct? Txs all....$200 for below one.

Chinese knock off radio. Probably nothing wrong with it. I know a lot of people like them.
Personally I believe that your first radio should be:
1. something you can afford.
2. something that you can get help with, as in others can assist you with learning the functions.
3. something that you can build off of.

I'd probably recommend going with one of the "Big Three", Yaesu, Kenwood or Icom. They are big name manufacturers and you'll find more of those radios in use in the ham community. That means there is more chance of someone else being able to assist you if you need help.

Tyt might be just fine and it'll do what you need, but my own advice would be: If your budget allows, go with a reliable brand name radio for your first one.

Antenna? Probably the Diamond X50. Basic dual band base antenna. Pretty good reputation for a hobby grade antenna.
 

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Chinese knock off radio. Probably nothing wrong with it. I know a lot of people like them.
Personally I believe that your first radio should be:
1. something you can afford.
2. something that you can get help with, as in others can assist you with learning the functions.
3. something that you can build off of.

I'd probably recommend going with one of the "Big Three", Yaesu, Kenwood or Icom. They are big name manufacturers and you'll find more of those radios in use in the ham community. That means there is more chance of someone else being able to assist you if you need help.

Tyt might be just fine and it'll do what you need, but my own advice would be: If your budget allows, go with a reliable brand name radio for your first one.

Antenna? Probably the Diamond X50. Basic dual band base antenna. Pretty good reputation for a hobby grade antenna.
I’m getting confused with the 2/70 meter when it comes to getting radio.the d710ga kenwood specifies it’s a 2/70, but price is up there.NICE SCREEN....others don’t specifi it’s 2/70. Yes I see now the knock off brands,I see. Want dual band of coarse or more...lol
 

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I’m getting confused with the 2/70 meter when it comes to getting radio.the d710ga kenwood specifies it’s a 2/70, but price is up there.NICE SCREEN....others don’t specifi it’s 2/70. Yes I see now the knock off brands,I see. Want dual band of coarse or more...lol

Not sure if this helps:
2 meters: 144MHz to 148MHz
70 centimeters: 430MHz to 450MHz

Most commonly you'll see "Dual Band" amateur radios as 2 meters/70 centimeters.
The Kenwood TM-D710 is an expensive radio, but it's a nice one.
If that's a bit pricy for your tastes, check out the TM-V71. Similar radio without some of the options and a smaller control head.

I haven't bought an amateur only radio in a long time, The Kenwood TM-D710 was the last one. I've not kept up with the current offerings.
At one time I owned a Yaesu FT-7800 dual band mobile. These are no longer produced. I was happy with that as a basic radio.
 

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Not sure if this helps:
2 meters: 144MHz to 148MHz
70 centimeters: 430MHz to 450MHz

Most commonly you'll see "Dual Band" amateur radios as 2 meters/70 centimeters.
The Kenwood TM-D710 is an expensive radio, but it's a nice one.
If that's a bit pricy for your tastes, check out the TM-V71. Similar radio without some of the options and a smaller control head.

I haven't bought an amateur only radio in a long time, The Kenwood TM-D710 was the last one. I've not kept up with the current offerings.
At one time I owned a Yaesu FT-7800 dual band mobile. These are no longer produced. I was happy with that as a basic radio.
Yes was just looking at v71...$400 one on eBay 300 best offer lol
 

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Things on Ebay are many times over priced. It currently on sale at HRO which is linked below. Going forward HRO is a good company to deal with and depending on your location you could have it the next day.


Not in stock at any HRO (or many other ham radio stores, for that matter). DXEngineering has it in stock for about $360.
 
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