Amateur radio isn't as popular as it once was, but it can still be an enjoyable hobby.
I have been an amateur radio operator since 1988.
Starting as a Novice as KA3TMZ, progressing to Technician and using the callsign N3GZT, I finally got my General license and got the novelty callsign W3MDJ to match my initials.
I have used a number of HF and VHF/UHF radios over the years in this hobby.
Starting from a Kenwood TS-120, progressing to an Icom 725, using a number of handhelds and mobile VHF/UHF radios, I finally ended up getting a Flex 3000 Software Defined Radio.
I have sold most of my equipment as I have been off the air for a few years except for one handheld I still have and think is an amazing bargain.
It is one of the best combos I have ever found.
Well under $100 for a VHF/UHF radio with scanning fuctionality, ease of programming (with the computer cable), great range and battery life.
If you are looking for a combination that lets you talk for hours and scan frequencies all day, this is it.
Best Under $100 Radio / Scanner Combination:
BaoFeng BF-F8+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio Transceiver ($35)
ExpertPowerŽ 7.4v 3800mAh Baofeng Li-ion Battery (Black) For BF-F8+ ($17)
Genuine Nagoya NA-771 SMA Female 15.6" Dual Band Antenna (144/430Mhz) For BF-F8+ ($17)
Genuine FTDI BaoFeng Programming Cable for BF-F8+ ($13)
© Marc David Johnson