Unboxing a New Radio

Two days ago, I received the second two-meter radio I ordered. I have two of them, one in the house, one in the truck. I used to have a bunch of dual-band radios that were 2 meters and 70cm, both amateur radio bands. They operate in the FM mode, not AM, and are nothing like a CB radio. You also need an FCC license to transmit with these radios.

I have been licensed since about 1982 when I gave CB Radio the boot, but do still own just one CB radio for that rare occasion I want to pop the radio in the truck and play around with it, breaker one-nine! Haha. CB isn’t as popular as it used to be back in the late 1970s, I think every kid in my high school had one. Today, it seems to be mostly for the truckers.

Today, the new 2 meter VHF hand-held radio will show up via Amazon Prime, one more radio to be programmed! They are so easy for me to program, having literally decades of experience with radios of many types. And feedlines. coaxial connections and radio tower installations too. As you can see, I have had a lifelong love for all things radio!

9 thoughts on “Unboxing a New Radio

  1. What was your Handle?
    When I was young, I was “Sweet Pea” per my dad. But, when I got older, I was “The Space Cadet”.

  2. I remember back when CB radios were all the rage. “That looks like a big Ten-4 there good buddy. And remember to watch out for them there lot lizards if you’re reading the mail in a pickle park while out on the road with yer rig.” On the Ham side, my dad had two meter rigs in the truck, in the car and in his house. My truck, 1982 Ford F100, still has all kinds of wiring and three antenna mounts for Ham radios.

  3. Glad you have the neat set up, John. I know you’ll enjoy using it. Do you have an exterior antennae at your house for your radio(s)?

    • Thanks! My home is in an HOA, hence outside antennas are not allowed, but I could easily install one in the back of the house, not visible from the road. I’m still thinking about doing this but the problem is that I really don’t want to drill holes in the house. Hence, I use a magnetic mobile mount right at the operating position. Bummer…

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