A major question all new Amateur
Radio operators ask is, "What radio should I buy?
What antenna should I have? How do I connect the
antenna to the radio?" and more... There is no
easy answer with so many options from different
manufacturers, both new and used.
American Radio Relay League, the national
association of Amateur Radio, provides a series of
pages to help guide new licensees in selection of a
radio. This will guide you through various
questions to lead you to some general conclusions about
your direction regarding equipment purchases. It
may lead you to some communications areas you had not
previously considered, such as satellite communications
or computer-to-computer communications.
Probably the most beneficial is
to ask other, more seasoned hams what they use or what
they might recommend. If you ask six people,
you'll probably get six different answers, bus ask why
they use what they do. They'll probably be willing
to show you what they have and demonstrate the
If you need help, ask.
Hams are typically willing to lend a hand, helping to
put up antennas and/or set up a new station, answering
questions during the process, or pointing you to suitable