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  1. QUESTION:

    Just got General license. Live in Hayfork. Would like some recommendations on what kind of rig to buy: probably a hand-held. On line have looked at, in no order of preference: Kenwood TH-F6A; ICOM: ID- 51A; YAESU: VX-8DR or 6DR;or FT2DR; or something real cheap, to start out with: Baofeng: UV 5RA ($29); UV82 X ($50); BF-F9V2 ($65).
    Appreciate any feedback, on any of these, or other options. I am an old timer, at 79, so i need something simple to read, and understand, and would be interested in emergency/safety type of ham services. Thank you

    • I am also in Hayfork (since 2006). I hope you will make our August TCARC meeting (Aug, 12 @ 1800). I just got my General Class a few months ago. To answer your question, I purchased a Yaesu FT-60R in 2011 after I got my Technician lic. I used that HT as my only radio up till late 2013, and still use it when I am away from my other radios. It is built like a rock, and has never given my any problems. It is relatively easy to use. If I needed to buy another dual band HT, I would buy the same model. It is certainly more expensive than the Baofeng, but the quality and dependability are worth the extra $. Hope to see you at our meeting in Aug.
      We will be looking for Hams to operate stations for the Hayfork Century bike ride on September 12. We (TCARC) provide communications for the 126 miles of the ride route. It’s a fun day and we not only get to practice our ARES skills, we get ARES credits for club for the hours put in. 73, Karl (KJ6OCL) I’m an old timer also, on 2 years younger that you, but I try not to let that get in my way. Also, as soon as you get your radio, check in on our Wednesday night nets (1930 hrs at 146.730).

  2. Oh, Hi Karl:
    Its 5:30 am, Wed. August 19, and I just got back on this site, to check on meeting dates, etc. So sorry I missed your comments and suggestions, back when you wrote them (July 23), but here’s my reply: Yes, I had planned to go to the Aug. 12 meeting in Hayfork, but we bugged out of town on Aug. 6 to get out of the fires and smoke, and just got back now. (Is there a Sept. 9 meeting in Weaverville)? Re the bike race, Sept. 12, if we are in town, and if the weather permits, I’d like to come. In fact, my son-in-law is in the 100 mile race! (I am interested in ARES type of communications). Not bought a radio yet, but plan to buy this week, online: Its down to either the FT-60R, OR the Kenwood TH-F6A. If you catch this e-mail, in next few days, maybe you can share your thoughts on one over the other, and/or if the Tri-bander (TH-F6A) and other features, are worth the extra, now or in the future?
    Thank you,
    73, Roy (KK6UIE) -no rig – not on air yet!

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