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When you are just starting out with a
technician class license, you can listen to all bands/frequencies without restrictions. In fact, you don't need a license to listen, just a radio capable of receiving the desired band/frequencies. However, you are somewhat limited on which frequencies and/or bands that you can legally transmit a signal.
Band Frequencies (MHz) Modes Permitted
80 meters 3.525 - 3.600 CW
40 meters 7.025 - 7.125 CW
15 meters 21.025 - 21.200 CW
10 meters 28.000 - 28.300 CW, RTTY/data, 200 watts PEP max power
28.300 - 28.500 CW, phone, 200 watts PEP maximum power
Above 30 MHz
All amateur privileges (e.g., 6 and 2 meter, 70cm)
Technician Class Privileges
CAUTION: Be careful if you decide to buy "used" equipment. Sometimes you can find a good deal, however, you may find out that someone is just trying to sell an old worn out or damaged (maybe unrepairable) piece of equipment.
HF VHF UHF
BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio
Baofeng UV-82 Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio, Transceiver, HT - With Battery, Antenna, Charger
+Frequency Range: 136-174 & 400-520MHz, Dual Band, Dual Display, Dual Frequency,Dual Standby
+A/B band independent operation, 128 groups channels storage, Shortcut menu operation mode
+VFO & Memory channels scan, Emergency Alarm,Tri-color background light selectable
Yaesu FT-2900R 75 Watt 2 Meter VHF Mobile Transceiver Amateur Ham Radio
+2M VHF mobile Amateur Radio, Transmits 144-148Mhz, Receives 136-174Mhz.
+200 AlphaNumeric Memory channels, ctcss/dcs (PL & DPL), NOAA Weather Alert.
+Four power levels: 75, 30, 10 & 5 watts output selectable, Scan & Search functions.
Tri-Band Yaesu VX-6R Submersible Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver (144/222/440)
+Transmits the 144, 220 & 430Mhz Amateur Ham Radio Bands, & receives 0.5-999Mhz!
+Output Power is 5 Watts on 2 meter & 70cm, & 1.5W on 222Mhz, with multiple lower power settings!
Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM 5W Amateur Radio UV-5R Transceiver
+Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz; 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable
+128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS; Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
+Dual-Band Display, Dual Frequency Display, Dual-Standby; A/B band independent operation
Handheld Deluxe VHF/UHF Dualband Amateur Radio 2M/440 Transceiver with Twin Display 5W TYT TH-UVF1
+Receives 136-174Mhz & 390-520Mhz. Transmits 144-148Mhz & 430-450Mhz. 5W/4W output w/1W low setting.
+128 AlphaNumeric memory channels, 87-108Mhz FM Broadcast Band receive too!
+PL & DPL (ctcss/dcs), with tone scan, Multiple step rates
Yaesu FT-60R DualBand Handheld 5W VHF/UHF Amateur Radio Transceiver - Dual Band
+Dual Band VHF/UHF 2 Meter & 70cm Amateur Radio.
+5 Watt Output, ctcss/dcs (PL & DPL), DTMF, AlphaNumeric Display, Lighted Keypad, Scan modes.
+Receives 108-520Mhz and 700-999.99Mhz MHz (less cell), Transmits 144-148Mhz & 430-450Mhz.
+Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
+Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz
+128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS
+Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby
Amateur Radio Transceiver: Your First
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ICOM IC-2300H Amateur VHF FM Transceiver, 65W, 144MHz
+Stable 65W of output
+Similar user interface retained from the IC-2200H
+Proven durability - Tested to the latest MIL-STD-810 G Specifications
+207 Alpha-Numeric memory channels
KENWOOD TM-281A VHF FM TRANSCEIVER 64WTS.
+Rugged compact contruction, High Power 65Wts. , Alphanumeric LCD
+Memory name Fuction, 200 Memory Channel Plus 1 Call -Channel
+CTCSS/DTCS Enconder/Decoder, Weather Alert/RX
Handhelds and Mobiles
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Another reason that this might be a good place to start is that you can find a new one relatively cheap. You can get some experience, and test the waters, without a large investment. In addition, your antenna is included with the unit (handheld), as well as your power supply.
Depending upon your particular radio, you probably won't receive any HF bands, i.e., your handheld radio might only receive and/or transmit on VHF and/or UHF. At the technician level, your HF selection is limited anyhow, but if you decide to move up to the general class level, and/or you purchase a larger base or mobile unit, your choices of operation will expand.
You can spend anywhere from approximately $40 for a small handheld radio to thousands of dollars on mobile and base radios. Base and mobile radios require a separate antenna, power supply, coax and other components.
Some technician class operators start out with a small handheld transceiver (portable) that can operate on some of the bands where s/he has phone (voice) privileges, e.g., 2 meter (VHF), 70 cm (UHF). If you are relatively close, you can try making a
simplex (direct) connection to another amateur with your handheld. A local
"repeater" can help you make a connection if the simplex signal is too weak to reach the other party (distance will vary).
Of course, when you receive your general license, you earn more privileges on HF (High Frequency). You can then decide on what bands you would like to operate (work). There are multiband transceivers that will TX and RX on many bands (e.g., Yaesu FT-857D.) This is a more expensive radio, but allows for future multiband use on 160 Meters--70 cm.