I’ve chosen the radio I’ll start my ham radio hobby using. The BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio (136-174MHz VHF & 400-520MHz UHF) Includes Full Kit with Large Battery. Why this one? well, it’s cheap. It includes a programming cable and a slightly better antenna than the UV-5R. And to be honest, I don’t know if this will be a hobby I like so why waste money up front? I can always buy a more powerful unit later if I really like it. I’m taking my technician exam on Sunday August 23 at 6am my time (eeeeek). Wish me luck!