Now that I have my amateur radio license, I needed a radio to play with. After browsing a few catalogs, checking out some reviews and some websites, I settled on a Yaesu VX-8DR which arrived today.
It's got a lot of buttons, a lot of capabilities and will take me a while to figure it out. It seems like a pretty decent radio that I'll be able to grow into as I learn more about amateur radio. I'm looking forward to playing with it.
So far I've managed to catch some activity on one of the local repeaters. Just lurking for now learning how radio people talk and announce themselves.