The 10 Best Ham Radios
This wiki has been updated 6 times since it was first published in March of 2019. Whether you're a hobbyist looking to invest in a new communications system or a cautious prepper making sure that you have all the necessary gear to survive natural disasters, alien invasions, and the zombie apocalypse, one of these ham radios should be perfect for your needs. We've included models that are suitable for a wide range of budgets and applications. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best ham radio on Amazon.
March 28, 2019:
For much of this category, there's a pretty direct relationship between wattage and price, meaning that the farther out you want to be able to talk or listen, the more you're going to have to spend, especially if you don't want to have to make additional investments in larger antennae or amplifiers. The Kenwood model that made it number one, offers the most power of anything on our list.
Another Kenwood model that should have earned a higher spot is their TH-D74A, which would be an incredible performer in emergencies with its reliable GPS location and color screen, but its best features also wound up being the things that killed its battery life.
Anyone new to the hobby would do well to start out with the one BaoFeng piece that we included, as it's a cheap, but steady selection.