First Transceiver

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  1. Taipei Personality

    Taipei Personality

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    I am taking my elements 2 and 3 tests next Saturday and I'm researching my first transceiver. I think what I want is a dual band (2m/70cm) handheld with 5 watts max and submersible. The one I've found is the discontinued Yaesu FT-50R.

    Are there any other comparable (better? not discontinued?) units that meet these criteria? Do these criteria make sense for a first transceiver? Thanks!
     
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    Aha! Found that Yaesu now has the FT-60R that fits the bill.
     

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    I'd suggest that your first transceiver NOT be a handy talkie.....

    Get yourself a nice 2 meter 70 cm mobile rig...
     
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    To each his own, but my first (and only so far) radio is an Icom tri-band handheld. I use a mag mount antenna on the trunk when I'm in the car, and the same model mag mount on top of the fridge in my office when I'm at home. I've got a j-pole but I just haven't put it up yet. I've had my radio now for a little over a year.
     
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    I thought about that, but my lifestyle is such that I wouldn't get a whole lot of use out of a car-mounted rig. I'll eventually get a rig to mount in the house, but it'll be HF.
     
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    Well at least buy yourself a nice antenna for the HT.

    Also make sure you consider cable and software prices for your programming needs.