10 Best Ham Radio Base Stations 2024

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President Lincoln II Plus 10 and 12 Meter Ham Radio – ⭐ Best Overall Ham Radio Base Station

Lincoln II Plus by President Electronics

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 3.09 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 6.7 x 2.1 inches
President Lincoln II Plus 10 and 12 Meter Ham Radio
  • Same as LINCOLN II but 12 meter band added, key "CH19/9" replaced by "Emergency Channel 1 and 2" programmable by user; HF output power 35W PEP SSB instead of 31W PEP SSB, 35W FM instead of 28W; AM is same 12W RMS 48WPEP.
  • Rotary switch and Up/down channel selector; Volume adjustment and ON/OFF; Manual squelch and ASC; RF Power; MENU function key; Dim; Mode switch AM/FM/LSB/USB/CW.
  • VFO Mode w/ continuous scanning; Multi-functions LCD display; Frequencies display; S-meter; Channels and memories scan; 6 Memories; CTCSS (38 tones); DCS (104 codes).
  • Public Address; Vox function (hands-free); ANL filter, NB and HI-CUT; RF Gain / Mic gain; Clarifier; Roger Beep; Front microphone plug; External loudspeaker jack.
  • Dual watch; Key locking; SWR (Power Reading/SWR); Preset emergency (EMG 1/2); TOT (Time Out Timer) adjustable.

Eton Elite – 👑 Premium Pick

NELITE750 by Eton

  • Release date: 06/25/2020
  • Color: Black and Silver
  • Dimensions: 5.8 x 14.7 x 7.2 inches
Eton Elite
  • ON EVERY WAVELENGTHThe Etón Satellit 750 broadcasts every radio wavelength—AM,FM, LW, SW, SSB and VHF aircraft band frequencies.
  • STRONG AND SENSITIVEThe 360° rotating AM antenna pulls in even the weakest ofsignals for full, bold sound. Plus, DSP technology enhancestuning sensitivity and fields out interference.
  • UNBELIEVABLE MEMORYWhen it comes to memory storage, the Satellit 750 delivers.Program in up to 1000 channels—100 for each band, plus 500customizable—and tune in to all your favorites with ease.
  • IN AND OUTConnect any audio device using the line input and listento your favorite music and media through the Etón Satellit750’s speakers. Or broadcast your radio to other devicesusing the line output.
  • WAKE UP, TIMES TWOThe dual alarm clock function allows you to set multiplealarms. Start your morning in tune with your favoritemusic, talk show or news.
  • Included components: Owner's Manual

Kenwood TM-281A 144MHz FM Transceiver

TM-281A by Kenwood

  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Dimensions: 6.3 x 6.7 x 1.7 inches
Kenwood TM-281A 144MHz FM Transceiver
  • Rugged compact contruction, High Power= 65 Wts, Alphanumeric LCD
  • 200 Memory Channel, 6 alphanumeric characters offers 100 memory channels
  • CTCSS/DTCS Enconder/Decoder, Weather Alert/RX
  • Meets MIL-STD 810 C, D, E, F and G environmental standards for vibration and shock

BTECH Mini UV-25X2 25 Watt Dual Band Base – 💲 Best Budget Ham Radio Base Station

UV-25X2 by BTECH

  • Weight: 4.21 pounds
BTECH Mini UV-25X2 25 Watt Dual Band Base
  • What Makes the UV-25X2 Unique: Dual Synchronize Display Mode, Mic Audio Gain Settings, In depth user's guide, Auto Power Off Function, Channel Mode Editing Settings, Auto Scan, Scanning Resume, and Variable Frequency Scanning, Quad Watch Delay Time, Randomization Privacy Mode, Builds upon previous generation UV-2501
  • High / Low Power Settings (25W/10W); Frequency Range: VHF: 144-148 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 420-450 MHz(Rx/Tx); Broad (Wide) / Narrowband (Narrow) Selectable
  • Recommended Accessories: Pair UV-25X2 with the Nagoya UT-72 Magnetic Mount Antenna for easy installation. The PC04 FTDI Cable is recommended for easy computer programming
  • Quad Watch Receiver: The UV-25X2 operates as multiple radios in one, with either 144 MHz or 430 MHz as the "Main" TX/RX band, while simultaneously watching up to 3 other frequencies or channels; and, if you like, you can configure your UV-25X2 for simultaneous VHF-VHF or UHF-UHF operation, too!
  • Kit Includes: BTECH UV-25X2, Speaker Mic, 6 foot DC Cable with Cigarette Plug Connector, Radio & Mic Brackets, Mounting Hardware, and User Guide


by Delta Electronics


TYT TH-9800 PLUS Version Quad Band Cross-Band 50W Mobile Transceiver

TH-9800 plus by TYT

  • Weight: 2.65 pounds
  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.2 x 1.3 inches
TYT TH-9800 PLUS Version Quad Band Cross-Band 50W Mobile Transceiver
  • ★★ Welcome to Off-Road Equipment, The Latest Plus Version of TYT TH-9800, 50W/40W Full Quad Band Dual Display FM Amateur Mobile Radio/Transceiver, A MUST HAVE For all HAMs, FUN & GREAT VALUE as BASE STATION. Size: 5.5 x 1.6 x 6.6", Weight: 2.65 lbs. Package Content: TYT TH-9800, Mic Hanger, Power Cable, Mounting Bracket & Screws, User Manual, Programming Cable & Factory Disc.
  • ★★ Frequency: TX: 28-29.7/50-54/144-148/420-450MHz, RX: 26-33/47-54/108-180/320-512/750-950MHz (P.S. AM mode selectable on VHF receive frequencies for Air Band reception), Output Power VHF: 50/20/10/5W UHF: 35/20/10/5W.
  • ★★ Features: V/V, U/U, V/U Simultaneous Receive, V+U Cross-Band Repeater, Full Dual Display and Receive, High/Mid1/Mid2/Low Power Setting, Wide/Mid/Narrow Bandwidth Selectable, CTCSS/DCS, DTMF, 2 Tone & 5 Tone, Voice Compander & Scrambler, Remote Detachable Faceplate, 809 Alphanumeric Memory Channels, SQL, Scan, TOT, Full Direct Entry Keypad Mic.
  • ★★ Free Programming Cable & Software DISC Included (P.S. Driver Installation NEEDED, Factory Software Download from DISC or TYT Official Website), CHIRP Software Supported (Model TYT TH-9800) for easier programming; Pair with 4 Bands antenna (Single SO-259s Connector); Operating Voltage: 13.8V (NO 24V).

Comet Original GP-1 146/446 MHz Dual Band Heavy-Duty Fiberglass Vertical

Gp-1 by Comet

  • Color: White
  • Dimensions: 49 x 4 x 4 inches
Comet Original GP-1 146/446 MHz Dual Band Heavy-Duty Fiberglass Vertical
  • DualBand Base / Repeater Antenna
  • Connector: SO-239
  • Coverage: 2M/70cm
  • Length: 4' 1"
  • Max Power: 200 watts

Uniden BC355N 800 MHz 300-Channel Base/Mobile Scanner

BC355N by Uniden

  • Release date: 01/01/2018
  • Color: Black
  • Weight: 3.25 pounds
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 2.7 x 8.3 inches
  • Warranty: 1 year
Uniden BC355N 800 MHz 300-Channel Base/Mobile Scanner
  • The Uniden Bearcat BC355N Mobile/Base Scanner is one of the most feature packed, user-friendly, entry level scanners available today. It can pick up analog receptions including 6 Service banks for monitoring Police, Fire, Emergency Medical Services, Marine, Air, Weather, and CB frequencies.
  • The BC355N features “Close Call RF Capture Technology,” which instantly tunes to signals from nearby transmitters. This pre-programmed search makes it easier to find active frequencies and helps you stay on top of local happenings and emergencies in your area. 100 ch/sec Scan Speed (max)
  • You can save up to 300 frequencies that are scanned along with the preset frequencies. So whenever you encounter a newly activated local frequency for any service category, you can add it to the bank for that category. This gives you quick access to the frequencies you want to hear.
  • The BC355N comes complete with a backlit display, making it easier to read in low light conditions, along with AC adapter, a DC power cable and an automotive power outlet plug, giving you more options for supplying power at home or in your car. Frequency range for aircraft band is AM mode 8.33 STEP (kHz) at 108.0000, 136.9916(Lower and Upper)
  • If you’re looking for an affordable way to jump into the world of scanners, the BC355N may be the right choice for you. (Please note: model BC355N is not suitable for trunking or digital radio system monitoring. If you live in an area where trunking or digital radio systems are used, you need to upgrade to a Uniden Digital model (“D” stands for Digital), such as models BCD996P2, BCD436HP, BCD536HP, BCD325P2, or HomePatrol-2.

Dual Band VHF/UHF Gain Base Station Antenna ANLI A-100 Amateur

A100 by ANLI

  • Color: Black or White
  • Weight: 1 pounds
Dual Band VHF/UHF Gain Base Station Antenna ANLI A-100 Amateur
  • * Can Be Used In On Roof, Attic or Indoor/Outdoor! Approx 4ft Tall!
  • * VHF/UHF Dual Band Gain Base Antenna Great for 2 Meter & 70cm Amateur Bands!
  • * Handles Up to 300 Watts, Pretuned, 3.5/6.0 dB Gain!
  • * Includes U-Clamps for Mounting To An Optional Mast Pipe! Genuine ANLI Brand Item!
  • * Accepts Any Optional Lengths of Coax Cable w/PL-259 Connector.

TWAYRADIO Yagi Ham Radio Antenna Dual Band 2 Meter 70cm


TWAYRADIO Yagi Ham Radio Antenna Dual Band 2 Meter 70cm
  • Frequency:144mhz/430mhz(136-174/400-470MHz); Gain:9.5/11.5dBi; Maximum Power Input-watts:100W; VSWR:less than 1.5; Impedance:50Ω
  • Weight:0.75Kg; Size:925×1045×60 mm; Rated wind velocity 60 m/s
  • [Aluminium Alloy Material]Lightweight,High strength,Waterproof,Corrosion resistant
  • Easy to install and operate
  • Yagi Antenna can greatly increase the signal strength of your radio,Widely used in various directional divice.

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