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Old 01-22-2019, 10:01 AM
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I'm taking my Technician's exam on Feb. 2 so I'll be ready to add to my Baofeng UV-5RX3 Tri-Band Radio - VHF (136-174), 1.25M (220-225), UHF (400-520). I haven't had much use for the 1.25M band so I purchased a DBJ-1 Dual Band VHF/UHF 2 meter/70cm ham base antenna (75 watts max) to use with my HT.

Now I need a base station (non-portable) that will give me a little more range. I'd like to stick with just the VHF/UHF bands for now while I'm still learning and before I'm ready to commit the $$ into this hobby and buy a HF radio and antenna. I want to keep my current antenna so I don't want the unit to go above 75 watts. Any suggestions? New or used is fine with me.
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My first 2 M base was the Icom V8000. I gave it back to the guy that gave it to me because I couldn't find a second one for my truck. I bought 2 Yaseu FT-2900 80 W and the programming software/cable. I had to buy a larger power supply too. You can run them on less than full power. I have a small battery bank with LED lighting that I can use at the flip of a switch. Plus I have a ports to charge batteries and run the laptop off the bank. Can be solar except during the winter.

Ham Radio Outlet or giga parts. Radio $140, cable $50, power supply $50. I have a home made J-pole on a 20' pipe, a MFJ unit on 30' of pipe and a 2 M Yagi on a 25' antenna kit.
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The difference between a Baofeng and a good base station radio is night and day, even with an external antenna on the Baofeng.

For me, first base was a Kenwood v71a but it's a bit pricey for a new ham. Great radio and still use daily. Dual band with a lot of features. Like most modern radios it benefits from a programming cable.

Like charliemeyer007 my next base was the FT-2900 which is 2m only. Also a great radio, simple to operate but like they said it needs a good power supply and you'll really benefit from the programming cable.

Have to second charliemeyer007 on HRO. Bought most of my vhf/uhf radios from them and all my hf rigs too.

Best of luck getting your tech ticket.
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As a Ham for a number of years, this is a common question. There are a considerable number of variables with your question.

Perhaps this link will help: http://www.arrl.org/buying-your-first-radio
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