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Newbie - Selecting handheld Jan 20th 2020, 16:27 2 4,760 on 22/1/20

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Newbie - Selecting handheld dapanattoni on 20/1/20
I'm a newbie licensed operator with a license and really, no idea what I want to do with it. My reasons for starting this hobby are:
1. Have a handheld in my survival kit in case of emergencies
2. I work in IT at a hospital. Maybe this would be helpful in creating a D/R plan at the hospital
3. It's been a goal since I was a kid, but no real reason other than my Dad and Grandpa were Hammers

I know I can reach a repeater with a handheld as a friend brought over a used Baofeng GT-3TP radio over and we configured it and were able to listen to conversations.

I could spend the $30 and get this radio, but it seems that you get what you pay for, so I was looking at some other radios, specifically the yaesu FT60r. Then I saw the TYT MD380.

It seems that the more I read, the less I know what I want to do. I'd like to buy something that give me fun at the beginning, room to grow, but not so much that I regret the purchase.I do know that my wife isn't going to be happy if I have two dozen radios, one for this, one for that, one for whatever...

So, any advice that you experienced operators can provide would be greatly appreciated. To DMR or not to DMR? Baofeng to play? Or Yaesu for real?

Thanks in advance.

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