Anyone who knows me has to realize that I love my toys. Well, yesterday I got another one.
It’s an Icom IC-T90A, tri-band band handheld radio. It puts out up to 5 watts on the 6m, 2m, and 70cm ham bands. It has a general coverage receiver from 495 KHz to 999.99 MHz (minus cell phone frequencies.) Full specs can be found here.
I am just starting to learn how to operate it but already I know I really like it. It has (IMHO) only one drawback. The antenna is way huge! The antenna performs well but is a little awkward to carry on a belt clip or in a pocket. Fortunately there are after-market antennas which are more reasonably sized available for a low cost.
I’ve already got all the local repeater frequencies programmed into it and I’ll be taking it with me often to see what sort of coverage I get in the area.