Handheld ham radio suggestions
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So I'm wanting to dive into the world of amateur radio. I've always loved scanners and all that and want to start getting into transmitting and also build on my basic radio knowledge. I've found a few local clubs in a few neighboring cities, but haven't been to a meeting yet. So I'm sure I'll get this question answered there too, but I am wanting to some knowledge before hand.
I'm wanting to know what the pro's/ol'timers in the amatuer radio/ham world would recommend for a first time handheld transciever?I've looked at some kenwood/Yaesu/cobra ect. I'd like to spend under $150 hopefully.
So any suggestions/comments are welcome.