2 meter VHF Ham Radios for Beginners

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In this video I discuss the basic steps on getting outdoors with VHF radio. I reflect on what I have learned journeying through the hobby with portable amateur radio.

I use a Yaesu FT857D, 9ah battery, Slim Jim antenna, coax, paper logbook, telescopic pole and a drive over mast. I have a backup radio in the car with spare leads, repair kit in the car. I use a similar setup when backpacking portable except a lighter battery.

I’m a licensed amateur radio operator from the United Kingdom.