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    Steve, which model radio are you thinking about, a dual-bander or an all-bander? Or perhaps a single band 2m? Take your time and check them out on http://www.eham.net/reviews/

    An excellent place to window shop for photos and specs is http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/index2.html and they also show discontinued radios in case you are looking for a second-hand unit.

    There are a lot of gadgets out there that sound appealing to start with, but after a while you may find that they are not as useful as you first thought. It took me a long while to decide on which radio I wanted and I finally had to flip a coin. It turned out that luck was on my side and fortunately my choice was the right one for me. Two things I suggest are (1) buy a radio with a GOOD software memory program available, either factory or after-market; and (2) buy a radio with a removable face plate so as to mount on crowded dash boards.

    Have fun!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    I should probably continue the prepare for the Extra while I'm still in the study mode.

    Steve
    Sorry I missed this post. I guess I was typing the query directly above.

    I don't know about you, but when I got home from passing the General exam in Tacoma and no longer had to study every night, it left a void. I needed something to do. So what the heck, I went back to the old grind and studied for Amateur Extra. Let me tell you, when I got home from passing the Extra Class exam I was through. Done finished. No more!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry View Post
    Steve, which model radio are you thinking about, a dual-bander or an all-bander? Or perhaps a single band 2m? Take your time and check them out on http://www.eham.net/reviews/

    An excellent place to window shop for photos and specs is http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/index2.html and they also show discontinued radios in case you are looking for a second-hand unit.

    There are a lot of gadgets out there that sound appealing to start with, but after a while you may find that they are not as useful as you first thought. It took me a long while to decide on which radio I wanted and I finally had to flip a coin. It turned out that luck was on my side and fortunately my choice was the right one for me. Two things I suggest are (1) buy a radio with a GOOD software memory program available, either factory or after-market; and (2) buy a radio with a removable face plate so as to mount on crowded dash boards.

    Have fun!
    I'm leaning towards a dual-bander, however I'm going to take my time and do my research. But then the addition of a HF radio down the road also intrigues me.


    From what I have been reading is that the antenna (and mount) is one of the most parts of the purchase. I need to figure out what works on my land cruiser, considering I have a sun roof, roof rack and at times a roof top tent up there.

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    You bet! At times the bands do get crowded and operating in that extra band space is like driving in the car pool lane.
    Last edited by Jerry; 02-20-2015 at 06:24. Reason: Clarity
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve View Post
    ...Hopefully my call sign will show up before the weekend...
    Steve
    I'd say they are taking their sweet time.
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    I keep checking and still nothing. They say to call after 15 days and it's only been 10.


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    I keep checking everyday and still nothing. They say to call after 15 days and its only been 10.


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    It finally showed up in the FCC database:

    KG7RIX

    However, I just applied for a vanity call sign so hopefully in a few weeks I will have a new one.

    Jerry, I was inspired by your call sign so it will be similar.

    Steve
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    Congratulations, Steve, you are now free to use all of the amateur radio bands. The call sounds good just the way it is, but the personal touch of a vanity call is hard to beat. Looking forward to hearing it and I do appreciate any similarity to mine.
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    Hey, Steve, any decisions on which radio yet? Or maybe which way you are leaning? No hurry.
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