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A Few Things To Look For In A Used Ham Radio

by Arthur Bates

If you are thinking about getting into ham radios, it might be good to go with a used unit at first. This way you are not spending as much money and can talk with the original user about how well it works, and if it has any limitations. People who use ham radios regularly are usually more than willing to share their experiences and help with any questions you might have. To help get you started, here are a few things you should look for when calling about a used unit.

Batteries and Chargers

It is always a good idea to have a spare battery on hand. This way, you can be charging one while using the other. Some of the larger batteries can take hours to charge completely. Ask the seller if the unit comes with a spare battery. If it does not, find out what type and size it needs and then call a few electronic stores to ask how much a spare will cost you. In addition, having a spare charger means you can keep one in the vehicle so you never have to worry about having one when you need it.

Smart Microphone

A smart microphone may have all the controls found on the front panel of the unit. This will enable you to move about freely and still have complete control of the radio. It is also nice if you do not have a large enough desk for the unit and anything else you may be working on.


Another option that can be handy is a separate headset. This can be useful if you are having trouble hearing through the speakers or need to have a private conversation. In addition, most of the headsets will come with a noise canceling microphone so if there is a lot of noise on your end, they will still be able to hear you on the other end.

Having a ham radio can be a lot of fun for you and your family. In addition, you can "meet" a lot of people with some of your same interests. Join groups to trade or barter things, and to share different experiences. They are also great when you are traveling. Users in the area can provide you with directions, and give you information on places to sta and eat, and things to do. Think about why you want a radio and then find one with the features and accessories you need and will use most. For more information, contact companies like Ham and Hifi.