I registered for my license today, so I'm waiting for a call-sign to register here. In mean time I want to get all my supplies.
I bought a Kenwood TK880H v1, got the KPG49D software, USB cable, but now I need a power supply and antenna for this radio so I can start programming it.
Kenwood specs state 880H draws 12amps, should I get a 20amp switching power supply? Can I go higher like a 30amp in case I'll be using different radios that will draw more amps or is it bad for lower amp radios? Which power supplies have a good reputation with radio users because I read online of a lot of complaints about long term quality or RF interference. Is Pyramid brand any good? (I'm trying to avoid spending more on power supply than the radio itself.)
Another question is antenna. I live on a 6th floor and have a fire escape to mount the antenna. The goal is to reach 30 miles out to where family is.
I read about Ed Fong antenna; is it good for GMRS or you recommend something else? Can I get away with a smaller, mobile antenna or those have big trade offs? All the tips or links to where I can read more here will be greatly appreciated. Thank You!