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Any recommendations for a beginner HAM base station? Considering at the Yaesu FT-450D. Price point is good, willing to spend a bit more though. Thanks for the advise!
 

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Icom 7300 seems to be the standard these days, beginner on up, at a good price. that with a decent dipole you’d be cruising. personally I have a Yaesu FTDX 3000, another solid radio but a bit more money.
 

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I believe the Yaesu 450 is a decent performer but per MCB, you might consider stepping up a bit to include something with a waterfall spectrum display. For me anyway, it really helps to show what’s happening across the bands and keeps me from straying outside of my General privledges into Extra territory. YouTube up some videos of the rigs you’re interested in.
 

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Icom 7300 seems to be the standard these days, beginner on up, at a good price. that with a decent dipole you’d be cruising. personally I have a Yaesu FTDX 3000, another solid radio but a bit more money.
Yea I'm thinking the ICOM 7300 now. Not much more than the FT-450D and reviews are almost all positive. Thanks!
 
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Our house has a metal roof. Would a vertical VHF/UHF base antenna on a magnetic mount be feasible?
Most mag-base antennas won’t offer the same performance as a purpose-built base antenna, and unless you have a flat spot on your roof, the antenna will not be in the orientation it was intended for (vertical).

That being said, there’s no reason it wouldn’t work. It just might not work well, or as well as other options.

ETA: that’s assuming, too, that your roof is magnetic.
 

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The 450D is $3-500 less than the 7300. If the OP thinks the 450D is a good price point, I doubt he’s in the market for a 7300.
 

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After rebate the 7300 is currently only a $200 difference between the 450D.
Well damn - I didn’t know there was a rebate out there. My apologies.

My wife surprised me with a Yaesu FT-991A, but I was looking at that and the Icom 7300. Now I’m just waiting for a couple of antennas that should be here Saturday and then I will what happens.
 
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Well damn - I didn’t know there was a rebate out there. My apologies.

My wife surprised me with a Yaesu FT-991A, but I was looking at that and the Icom 7300. Now I’m just waiting for a couple of antennas that should be here Saturday and then I will what happens.
I have been really torn on the 991A... All my other gear is Icom, but I really want a shack in a box that I can unplug and throw in the RV for camping trips (vs having multiple radio clutter in our small travel trailer). Ive played with both the 7300 and the 991A at HRO, but some real world feedback from a NES member is always appreciated. Enjoy!
 

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I have been really torn on the 991A... All my other gear is Icom, but I really want a shack in a box that I can unplug and throw in the RV for camping trips (vs having multiple radio clutter in our small travel trailer). Ive played with both the 7300 and the 991A at HRO, but some real world feedback from a NES member is always appreciated. Enjoy!
My antennas should be here this weekend, so I’ll do what I can on Saturday, and if I can catch a few breaks in the weather on Sunday, I’ll do some more. I’m a novice as well, so I don’t know that what I share will be helpful, but I’ll do my best! I’d love to play with a 7300 at some point too.
 
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Well damn - I didn’t know there was a rebate out there. My apologies.

My wife surprised me with a Yaesu FT-991A, but I was looking at that and the Icom 7300. Now I’m just waiting for a couple of antennas that should be here Saturday and then I will what happens.
That's a good wife and she knows that may be the better of the two. Let me make one suggestion with a rig like that, get some dummy loads for the outputs that you won't use.
 
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