I’ve posted before about good resources for purchasing Amateur Radios and radio equipment online, but I don’t think I have ever mentioned Amazon. I’ve purchase many items from Amazon over the years, not only Amateur related. I find it worthwhile to have an Amazon Prime account, so anything I order comes with Free 2-Day shipping, regardless of how much I spend. I recently bought a Nagoya NA-771 HT antenna for about $12 and it shipped to me for free.
Amazon doesn’t have everything, they won’t have specialty items like Gigaparts, and they won’t have as wide of a selection of radios as HRO, but I generally will check Amazon before making a purchase from any of these other vendors, just to see if they carry the item, and if so, how much it sells for.
Here is a list of Amateur-related items I have found on Amazon, and their current prices. Check back often because prices fluctuate, often in the buyers’ favor.
BaoFeng UV-5R listed for $29.31
You can’t really beat a brand new, dual band ham radio for under $30.
Baofeng UV-82 listed for $39.39.
This is about $10 lower than the original price on this radio. I picked one of these up when they were first released and paid $49 for it. I wrote a review of it here. This is a great radio, and in my opinion, it is worth the extra $10 over the UV-5R.
BaoFeng GT-3 listed for $62.99.
This is a brand new model from Baofeng. I purchased one of these about a week ago and I am currently testing it. A review will be forthcoming.
WOUXUN KG-UVD1P listed for 104.95.
This is the currently model of Wouxun that I own. Amazon probably isn’t the best price you can find on this radio, to be honest. I saw this radio selling for around $90 during holiday sales during the month of December.
Also these Wouxun radios are higher priced than the Baofengs, but they are well worth it, in my opinion. They are a better-made radio with greater ease of use, reliability and TX/RX. Keep the Baofeng for your backup, or for going camping, but use the Wouxun as your daily HT.
Wouxun KG-UV6D listed at $127.99.
This is the update model of the UVD1P. I haven’t tested this model yet.
TYT TH-UVF9 Dual Band 220/440 listed for $102.
This HT by TYT is a dual band, but it is 220MHZ and 440MHZ, so be aware it doesn’t have 2 meters. This is a useful little radio if you have active 220MHZ repeaters in your area, and if you, like me, have too many 2 meter radios already. This is a great edition to a Go-pack or a Travel kit for someone who wants access to more frequencies than just the standard 2m/70cm.
Baofeng UV-5R USB Programming Cable – fits all Baofeng models.
NAGOYA NA-771 DUAL BAND Antenna listed at $10.39.
This is a 16″ antenna that I run on my Wouxun. I greatly improves the reception and transmission quality on the radio. It also fits both of my Baofeng radios, the UV-82 and the GT-3. The antenna on the GT-3 is junk, so it really makes this radio come alive.
NAGOYA NA-701 DUAL BAND Antenna listed for $10.90.
This is the shorter 8″ version of the antenna above. It is a great replacement for the stock HT antenna, especially on a Baofeng UV-5R or a GT-3.