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bnoland

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I am a new member and new to HAM. I actually do not have my HAM yet. I have been studying and trying to find time to take the class and test. Its hard with a newborn and a rotating schedule to find the time. I am going to try to get it done in March/April but for now I have been studying and taking practice tests online. I am a LEO here in Memphis. Any tips.advise/help would be great! I have learned a decent amount online but more knowledge is always better. Can't wait to get on the air!
 

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Well I'm surprised to see you haven't received any responses yet.

Let me be the first to welcome you to RR :) It's always nice to have new blood around here.

Secondly, Thank you for your service to the community. Though I don't live there, work brings me down there often.

I don't want to randomly give you tips blindly... Do you have any specific questions we could help you with? I know if I can't answer it, other will have the knowledge you seek.

Have a great day... And again welcome!
 

bnoland

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I know the basic use of radios obviously. I have slight knowledge on the technical side but it is limited. I have an idea of how the antennas work as far as lengths for getting better tranmission and reception. I haven't leared the true formulas to get things fine tuned for optimal range yet though. I under stand the principal behind it but obviously since I have not done it I don't have any applied use of it. I guess for now since I am not using it right now tips on basic setup/use would be all I really need right now. I have looked at a few radios. So far I am leaning towards Kenwood but that could just be because I am some what familure with Kenwood equipment. I plan to get a mobil and handheld radio.

I am looking at the Kenwood TM-D710A for a mobil and Kenwood TH-F6A or TH-D72A for a handheld. I have heard not to go with the dual band yet and to get a cheaper one to learn on but my thought is why buy cheap and just have to upgrade later when I can learn on one that I will have a while.

Thanks!
 

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Well if you are familiar with Kenwoods, I'd go with a kenwood. It will cut out any learning curve, causing less hair loss/frustration

As for the D710A I've only heard good thing about it, so I can't say anything against it, and believe it would serve you well. If you would like to read reviews from actual owners I'd recommend this page. Kenwood TM-D710A Product Reviews

I don't know anyone with the 72 so I'm hesitant to offer any opinions, but it did score highly in reviews. TH-D72A Reviews Kenwood TH-D72 Product Reviews

It sounds to me as you are familiar enough with radios that your "why buy cheap and just have to upgrade later when I can learn on one that I will have a while." quote is solid thinking. If you had much less understanding/were a complete Newb. then I would tell you to go cheap.

As for getting to know antennas better I would just spend some time in the Antenna forum reading and getting a bit more comfortable. (I'm a little weak there too, so I don't want to steer you wrong LOL!)
 
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