Purchasing online is a huge risk when dealing with expensive items such as ham radio gear. I have a simple bit of advice that has served me well over the years that I’d like to pass on.
I’ve been into computer technology for years. When I first started buying through Ebay and other classifieds services I would occasionally get a dud. Either something was damaged, parts missing, what ever, which caused a debate with the seller who was always ready to blame the shipper. Or, a seller that drags their feet shipping the item or blames the shipper for losing the item. I quickly discovered an easy way to get a leg up in the argument. Continue reading
I have some cash set aside to add to my shack gear so I’ve been shopping around. I’ve come to 2 conclusions:
- Ebay is a sellers market filled with buyers with more money than sense.
- Ham classified ads need to be more descriptive and friendlier for the newer hams.
I just received a brand new Baofeng BF-F9 V2+. I promise…no cheesy unboxing video here, but I am going to give you a brief overview. Maybe I’ll do a review video another time. I purchased this radio because it is a tri-power HT; 1W, 5W, 8W. My primary use for it will be to contact LEO satellites. Continue reading
Shopping for gear has proven its self to be tricky and has required a lot of research. Personally, I am allergic to shopping and also have a lot of buyers remorse. I’ve found that as my ham shack is being filled out that I do want to get the best gear available, but the sudden realization comes back to remind me that I do have a budget. Continue reading