What Radio Should I Buy? – Budget Tri-Band Ham Radio Setup

What Radio Should I Buy? – Budget Tri-Band Ham Radio Setup

Nick Meacher answers one of our most asked questions: “What radio should I buy?” Well, it depends… In this video, he takes a look at a low budget radio set up with a technician’s license. (You don’t need a general license for this). This kit will cover all your basic radio needs without breaking the bank. Copper J-Pole Antennas

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  1. Zul white on March 7, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Next video – make a high budget radio setup

  2. Indrid Cold on March 7, 2021 at 12:53 am

    I was given an Abbree AR-F3 that someone ruined with the software. However, the tranceiver was just fine physically. Someone tried to force CHIRP software to programme the transceiver with the wrong driver. I just used the stock software and programmed the radio with it and all is well. Maybe I can sell it for £20 or keep it as a scanner. I can not transmit as I have no license to do so. However, using the armateur radio to listen is legal. It also receives much more than amateur radio transmissions.

  3. Chris Shepard on March 7, 2021 at 12:53 am

    What about for trailblazing? a waterproof, USB rechargeable, lightweight, long battery life HAM. Can’t find anything with specs like this

  4. Jeff Barrett on March 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Great video!! What do you think about GMRS as a go box option? Motorola has some nice mobile rigs.

  5. Stephen Williams on March 7, 2021 at 12:54 am

    If you don’t have the toys. Let a young man/lady make it for you. Got mine made at a reasonable price. My new one will go on 20′ up. 69 years old. 73. De kv4li

  6. Tom W5VLT on March 7, 2021 at 1:01 am

    Yikes the only reason I watched this from the title/image was wondering what that Signal Link was for in a base/field package. Well, after watching, still don’t know. Waste of 14 minutes for me. All you said about interaction of radio to SLink was plugs into radio’s mic jack? That’s TX-in jack, only, yes? So clueless still on what the SLink does, why needed, functionality, logical connections in kind… in other words… say what?

  7. Senile Travel on March 7, 2021 at 1:04 am

    I can’t even successfully hook-up my flat screen television! 😂🤣

  8. Stephen Williams on March 7, 2021 at 1:11 am

    Ps Ziploc®bags various sizes will help, and cheep. That’s what I have my hts in during a rain storm. And a ditty bag to keep it all in. So it can be carried with you as you bug out.

  9. Allen Banks on March 7, 2021 at 1:11 am

    The higher that you can get your antenna the better your signals going to be . these frequencies are all line of sight frequencies you’ll get a little bit reflective signal off of some things but not much

  10. Pratwurscht Gulasch on March 7, 2021 at 1:12 am

    i wish the wooden blocks were properly aligned, kind of distracting with such disorder in the background

  11. Martin Moerman on March 7, 2021 at 1:15 am

    Don’t see the link to the J-pole antenna, please share.

  12. Doug Matthew on March 7, 2021 at 1:17 am

    Thanks for the video. What digital modes do you use on vhf/uhf?

  13. Waxman on March 7, 2021 at 1:23 am

    Ham Radio is a mental disorder.

  14. altha 2014 on March 7, 2021 at 1:28 am

    HAve Parkinsons try studing for a Ham Radio License,, too hard,,, They need to make that easier

  15. Don Hale on March 7, 2021 at 1:30 am

    You NEED to stress to people they need to have a license to operate we have a few people that try to use 2m on our local repeater they think it’s like a CB….

  16. Bill Ryland on March 7, 2021 at 1:30 am

    1st, tell them they need a General class license. The Tech is only for short range comms. Do NOT count on repeaters being usable in an emergency. A good used HF rig is not expensive and gives much more range and options. Digital modes (PSk-31) have much longer range at low power in noisy conditions.

  17. Nick Meacher on March 7, 2021 at 1:30 am

    Folks – if you have a question for me you have to @ me otherwise I don’t get notice that its here – going back through videos now to post links on my web page now I have it up and finding a lot of questions I didn’t know were here. I’ll try and get to them as I find them.

  18. Allen Banks on March 7, 2021 at 1:34 am

    The 2m band is probably the most popular band you’re going to find the best help out there and you’re going to find the most open repeaters on that band. That band will also allow you to listen to weather frequencies and some radios will actually go down into the aircraft band also. Most fire departments are around 150. Mhz up from there. If you get a radio that covers 70cm and up you can use the FRS radio. For someone that don’t have the capability of the ham band.

  19. rpmorrisjr on March 7, 2021 at 1:35 am

    Man. That’s a lot of information. None of it remotely related the the caption of the video unfortunately.

  20. Allen Banks on March 7, 2021 at 1:38 am

    J pole is a good antenna for a single band. If you’re using a multi-band radio like that tri-band and you’re going to need a tri-band antenna. It’s good idea just to get a mobile antenna that has try bands that will accommodate your radio

  21. Matt C on March 7, 2021 at 1:42 am

    Would be interested in what you offer in the Denver area for classes/clubs/instruction. Thanks!

  22. caw smith on March 7, 2021 at 1:44 am

    I can’t place your accent. Where is it from?

  23. Muhammad Shazali Dauda on March 7, 2021 at 1:44 am

    hello, i work in a company the requires an upgrade in their mobile radio communication and i dnt know which to recommend, so could i get a way to chat with u or even video calls pls? thank you

  24. Silver Bucket 804 on March 7, 2021 at 1:45 am

    I’ve got a hand held boefang,works great. I guess it depends on the distance you wanting to get.

  25. matt s on March 7, 2021 at 1:46 am

    For $180 for that btech mobile, your better off spending an extra $20 and getting a tyt-9800.

  26. Steve Vecchiarelli on March 7, 2021 at 1:48 am

    What kind of hard case is that?

  27. bubbleheadft on March 7, 2021 at 1:49 am

    I’m not trying to be antagonistic at all. What accent is that? It’s very interesting.

  28. 3V0 on March 7, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Just something that i noticed in this video. You accent is throwing me off. I cant tell if you’re a southern american like me or if youre austrailian and moved to america or what. It sounds like a combo of both XDXD

  29. Donald Smith on March 7, 2021 at 1:51 am

    Have thought about a Raspberry Pi for a computer? KM4ACK has the program setup and the Pi can run all the time, check in with your cellphone or tablet from time to time to see if there is something you need to see what it has for you. Check KM4ACK build a Pi on YouTube.