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    Alex MM3ZQX

    Hello, I haven’t got started with radio yet and I was looking for some advice. I was thinking about eventually buying a hand held or mobile transceiver and I have noticed a lot of D STAR units on sale. Would it be jumping in at the deep end to begin with D STAR or would it be adviseable to start with the conventional method. Also what are the advantages/disadvantages of both methods. Sorry to be a pest but I thought that contacting the group would be the best idea rather than buying something that’s not going to be the right thing for me.

    John MM0JXI

    Hi Alex,
    I wouldn’t recommend jumping in to DSTAR, the radios are expensive and there’s not much activity up here.

    If you’re looking for a nice VHF/UHF little hand held to get you started you should look at the BAOFENG UV-5R which many people in the club use.

    These low cost dual band radios from China are an excellent first time purchase from ebay

    We’ve tested these and they are great performers.

    If you ask MM0DXC he’ll program it up for you too with all the UK frequencies.

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