Easy to get started

It is really easy to get started in ham radio these days. The licensing fee is $15. My first radio is a Baofeng UV-5R Handheld. These are pretty amazing radios for the price. I got mine for under $40 from Amazon. These are small, 4W dual band 2m and 70cm radios.They are a little tricky to program with your local repeaters but once setup work like a champ. Invest in the programming cable while you are at it so you can use the CHIRPS program. This is all you need to get on the air once you get your license.

Our local repeater system works really great. I am not sure how the STARLINK system works but our repeaters are linked all the way up to McAllen about 60 miles from here. Echolink and IRLP can be used to extend that range using VoIP and the internet although I have not tried that yet.

I liked the Baofeng so much that I decided to buy another one, this time the 5W UV-82. I have been getting really good signal reports on this through our local repeater.

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