Yaesu FT-60R Baofeng UV-5RA Ham Radio Equipment Yaesu FT-2900R Baofeng UV-82L Yaesu FT-DX 9000MP
Once you get licensed, one of the first questions you might ask is what kinds of equipment you should purchase, and rightly so. Without knowing what you really need or what's available, you can end up spending an enormous amount of money on useless equipment. This guide can give you some idea of what I have acquired, what I recommend, and maybe help you understand your own needs and direction.

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Also included is a section on how to go about building your own stuff (DIY), potentially saving you a lot of money in equipment costs.

Ham equipment photos and videos is the topic of another page
Common coax chart
Quick Links
Personal recommendations (HT, home VHF, mobile, portable, HF)
The big transceiver list [HT, mobile, portable, HF, base VHF]
Transceiver programming (manual, computer)
Shack-in-a-box rigs
The big antenna list [VHF/UHF, HF, other]
VHF/UHF antennas (handheld, mobile, portable, base, other)
HF antennas (vertical, mobile, dipole, beam, other)
More (feedlines, tuners, amplifiers, filters/chokes, other)
Connections (coax, switches, diplexers, other)
Mounting (mobile, structure, clamps, masts, guying, stands)
Grounding and lightning (arresters, connects, other)
Audio (microphones, speakers, supports, other)
Even more (baluns, DF, SDR, CB, scanners, vintage, debut)
Shortwave (handheld, portable, base, vintage)
Power (power supplies, batteries, chargers, jump-starters, other)
Solar (panels, batteries, controllers, stations, combos, other)
Emergency (gadgets, portability, other)
Opinions (best, comparisons, other)
Buy / sell / trade
DIY (VHF/UHF, 6-meter, HF, satellite, oddball, other)
Personal homebrew
How-to (tips, mods, calculators)
Specialty (mics, other)
Repair (shops, kits, other)
Tools (analyzers, test, hardware, outerwear, stuff, other)
Other (apparel / clothing, gifts, QSL cards, insurance)

My personal recommendations (changes weekly, if not daily)

Shack-in-a-box (all-band HF / WARC / 6 m / 2 m / 70 cm) 100+ W transceivers

The big transceiver list

Transceiver programming

The big antenna list

Information on more equipment


Mounting / mounts and related

Grounding and related

Audio and related

Information on even more equipment

SWL / shortwave






Other 'equipment'

Buy / sell / trade / info

Some popular places to purchase equipment

Other stores for applicable equipment and tools


General equipment information locations

Some DIY (do-it-yourself) projects and pages related to ham radio

How-to (tips and mods)


Personal homebrew pages


Places to get your stuff fixed

Other information

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