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Now that you have your ham license, it's time to decide what type of radio to buy.  The type of radio and the amount of money you plan to spend depends on what you want to do.  You can spend:

  • Less than $100 for mobile or a home based ham station on the 2 meter - 70 centimeter bands (VHF/UHF);
  • Less than $1,000 for a moderately equiped ham station on 160-6 meter bands (HF);
  • $10,000 or more for a deluxe ham station with top of the line radios, towering antennas and equipment you never dreamed you would "need," or
  • Nothing and visit the W9DUA Station Open Hours on Mondays from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or make an appointment. The W9DUA station is staffed with a friendly ham operator or two who will offer technical advice and give you an opportunity try ham radio and take it for a test drive.

The point is that you can start gradually and build a ham shack that will serve your needs for years to come.  To get you started on building a ham shack, decide how far you might want to go:

We hope the information presented here will ignite your interest and give you some ideas about building your ham shack.  There is a lot of information in the local ham community as well as the internet to get you started. 

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