I was first licensed in 1994... or was it 1992, can't remember. I got licensed due to a friend of mine AA8KU kept nagging me. He had been nagging me for quite a while and I kept telling him no, I did not want to learn Morse code. When they went to a No Code Technician license, I said I would. We studied resisters and capacitors and diagrams and on and on. I passed!
10 years later, I let it expire, Handheld (Radio Shack used one that cost me $350) was broken, and couldn't afford it. What got me back in? A group I belonged in was doing GMRS and I went on Amazon looking for a new radio. Boefeng handheld for $25.. really? It got me interested in the hobby again. I could do this without breaking the bank. I have since given that Beofeng to a Boy Scout who now is a General. As for the handhelds, I have several, Yeasu, Icom, Tyt and others, but I still have a few Beofengs, one in the car, one in the Jeep and one in my computer bag.
There are purists that say you should never buy a Beofeng and I would not suggest one of you can afford better but whatever gets you on the air!
Saturday, February 16, 2019 5:44:00 PM