After many years away from amateur radio, I am slowly adding back equipment. I had sold all of my radios and I gave away antennas, and station accessories, that weren't homebrew. Given my current QTH (place of residence), I am limited on the types and numbers of antenna's I can deploy. As I live in a townhouse, I will be forced to use portable antennas and even indoor. With no attic space, and living in a single story place, the indoor prospects are very limited. That means tripods, and quick up and down verticals in my very small front "yard". I cannot feed thru windows easily here, so I will likely employ a "window feed thru jumper" like the ones designed by Comet. I can close the door on that, allowing me to use my portable antenna while in the apartment. Of course I also plan to utilize the park for portable or even set outdoors. Plus, mobile options exist for HF. Since I have access to many repeaters here in my area, I am ordering a 144/440 dual band mobile rig and power supply. I think I am going with the Yaesu 6000R as of this writing. 50 watts on 2 meters and 40 on 440 should be plenty. I have a usable antenna that I currently use with an Alinco DJ-MD5. I also grabbed a Baofeng UV-5R an ever popular and cheap radio...to play around with. I plan to add a 2 meter 70cm Elk yagi antenna. That will sure up the VHF/UHF for the moment. Then it will be on to HF. May grab and Icom IC-7300 or the Yaesu Ft-991A. The Icom is super popular right now and would meet my humble needs. The Yaesu would allow all HF plus 2 meter and 400, which would allow me to try SSB on those. And not just the FM, the Yaesu 6000 allows. My goal is to start acquiring HF stuff this summer.
If anyone is interested in amateur radio, check out www.ARRL.org
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