Saturday, April 8, 2017

How To Pick Your First Ham Radio

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 What an awesome task it is picking out your first Ham Radio. It can be a real challenge and will take some time, thought and reading. The first concern is obviously what is my budget, in other words honey how much can I spend on a new Ham Radio. The second part of your task is what are Ham Radios are there to pick from. Finally do I go with a used ham radio or do I go with a new ham radio.
 Well what I did was to determine my budget and check out websites like universal radio. This way I could get an idea as to what brands were and how much they cost. There are many excellent Ham Radio Websites to choose from, so be prepared to take some time. There are many excellent deals on amazon in the new category of Ham Radios. Just make sure to read the reviews and see what previous thought about a particular ham radio you may be interested in. I chose my Kenwood TS-2000, because it had excellent reviews, it fit my budget and it covers all the Ham Bands. That way I could listen to various ham bands before I had my General Ham Radio License.
 Now the next road to travel down would be the used ham radio plan. Here you will find the good, the bad and the ugly. In other words when buying a used ham radio, be prepared to read the reviews about the seller. This way you don't get stuck with a boat anchor. The best source of used ham radios is on ebay. There are tons of awesome deals and you may find a fairly new ham radio with lots of bells and whistles.
 One of the ways to go is to pick a ham radio that is what I call a starter Ham Radio. Some of the manufacturers like Icom and Alinco as well as many others. There are some ham radios that are lower cost like TYT and others in the 2 meter mobile ham radio category. In fact a mobile ham radio can be set up as your base ham radio until you can afford one of the big ham radios. You can find these on amazon and ebay for some pretty good prices.
 What ever ham radio you pick out, just make sure you enjoy it.


Saturday, December 10, 2016

1 important item for the Ham Shack


 One of the most important items for the Ham Shack is a bench to place all your Ham Radio Equipment on. I built my ham radio bench out of wood from an old book case I built quite a few years ago. I bought some 2x4s for the base and some 1/2 inch plywood. Then I took the book case and made kind of a hutch on top of it. I put some adjustable shelves and some shelves that don't move. It is basically made so the hutch could be removed if I ever have to move it.
 There are all kinds of industrial benches that you can buy. I would also suggest going around to garage sales and look for old desks or anything that may work. Now if you are the handy type you could get some wooden project plans and build your own Ham Radio Bench. It really comes down to your own preference and budget. Either way the object is to make it sturdy and have fun with it.
 Here are some ideas below with benches and more.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Get Your Christmas List Ready For Santa The Holidays Are Almost Here


 Okay once again the Holidays are almost here, so now is the time to get your Christmas Lists Ready For Santa. Yes we all want to add all kinds of cool things to our Ham Shacks. Maybe your thinking of a Awesome Heil Microphone or Maybe an Awesome Ham Radio. The list can just go on and on. Sometimes I just want to get those items for home brewing some cool Ham Antenna. If you are looking in that direction check out my website at this link http://99webmaster.wixsite.com/the-antenna-farm .
 I like to look around on ebay and amazon so I can check out all the cool stuff. It can be new or used Cool Ham Radio Equipment. Sometimes it can make it a little difficult to choose, but that's the fun of it. Plus it's getting colder outside, so putting up an antenna to test goes on hold. I like to take the time now to start planning on some kind of antenna project to have fun with. Hey maybe you might try putting a rotatable dipole antenna in your attic, that way you don't have to be outside freezing your hands and other items off. Believe me I have done that before and it was no fun. In fact I remember years ago putting up a half wave vertical antenna on a push up mast wall mounted to the side of my mothers house. It was cold, snowing and I was on the edge of the roof. Yes I was younger and stupid.
 So check out the ads below for some cool ham radio equipment to put on your Christmas List For Santa This Year.

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