Handheld Radio Comparison & Review

There are a lot more options available than just what I discuss in this video. Your local ham radio operators and/or club are great sources of information.

Links to some of the radios mentioned:
Yaesu FT-65R:
Yaesu Original FT-65 FT-65R 144/440 Dual-Band Rugged & Compact Handheld Transceiver, 5W - 3 Year Warranty
The MURS radio:
BTECH MURS-V1 MURS Two-Way Radio, License Free Two-Way Radio for Manufacturing, Retail, Personal, and Business
Baofeng UV-5R - the prepper standard:
BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio (136-174Mhz VHF & 400-520Mhz UHF) Includes Full Kit
Radioddity GD-77 DMR radio:
Radioddity GD-77 Dual Band Dual Time Slot DMR Digital/Analog Two Way Radio VHF/UHF 1024 Channels Ham Amateur Radio w/Free Programming Cable and Charger

Should You Join A Ham Radio Club?

TelescopeMan gives 6 things that you should watch for when joining a new amateur radio club.

New Technicians SHOULD join a club. However the first club may not be your FINAL club membership.

Radio club membership is very important during your first few years of operation. Later you should join the club(s) whose members friendship interests you and or the club where you use their repeater frequently.


Is you're local Amateur Radio Club losing members? I've got tips for breathing new life into the club to attract new members, new operators, and loosing participation with existing members. Watch this episode & help save the hobby for the next generation.

How to Run The SDR Virtual Ham Radio — Listen to Ham Radio Online

I go into detail on how to set up the web sdr radio for those who have never heard of it. ( )

If you would like to get into ham radio, this might be something you would be interested in. It is easier than ever to get licensed now since the Morse code test is no longer required. I think they dropped the cw requirement in 2013 or 2014. I had to learn Morse code when I got my license but I never use it.

Check it out you might learn something new! You might have to get use to hearing some static noise, especially in the spring and summer months. That is due to storms which the antenna's pick up along with the signals. That is just part of ham radio. Watch out you might get bitten by the ham bug .

It was another late night back in the shack of M0YKS. The family are all tucked up cozy in bed, fast asleep, as I listen up and down the HF & LF bands in the hope of hearing some rare and distant stations.

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Ham Radio 2.0: Episode 83 – Comparison of Digital Modes for Amateur Radio

Ham Radio 2.0: Episode 83 - Comparison of Digital Modes for Amateur Radio

Comparison of Digital Modes for Amateur Radio:
This comparison of DMR, DSTAR and YSF was given by Jim Keeley, W1JJK, at the 2017 Orlando Hamcation. Jim speaks about how the modes differ, how they work, and what features each one has. This is an information-sharing forum, and not meant to sway anyone to or from any particular mode.

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