Owning a ham radio can open the entire world up to you. A ham radio can permit you to talk to people anywhere in the world. When choosing ham radio the equipment the needs of everyone will be different. The first thing you need to consider is what is needed to operate a ham radio.
First you will need a ham radio antenna, and perhaps an antenna tower to be able to get high enough to get a strong radio signal. Next you are going to need a transceiver (a radio which can receive and broadcast). Third, you are going to need wiring, also called coaxial cable, to connect the antenna to the radio.
When it comes to the type of transceiver you choose, perhaps all you need is a handheld model. A handheld model will be just like a cell phone with its own antenna, and a battery to run the radio. If you do not want a handheld perhaps you would be happy to build a permanent station at your house.
If you are mechanically inclined you may prefer to build your own ham radio. You can buy parts over the internet or at a local ham radio store near your home. You can also purchase ham radio kits, which supply you with all the parts needed to build your own transceiver. You can find articles on the internet and at libraries to help you in building your ham radio if you should become lost during this process. You should make sure you really want to build your own ham radio before you buy a kit. Ham radio kits do require soldering. The next option open to you for choosing a transceiver is to buy one that is complete and ready to operate straight out of the box.
You can order your ham radio equipment on the internet from a reputable company. You can also get ham radios and other ham radio equipment from swap meets which focus purely on ham radio equipment. Perhaps you live in an area which has a store where you can buy ham equipment. One other option is to purchase your ham transceiver and other equipment on eBay. Also, you may want to choose your ham equipment based on a certain brand name.
With just a little research and serious consideration of your needs, choosing ham radio equipment can be enjoyable and easy to accomplish.