What do you need to get started in ham radio?

I've been interested in getting into ham radio for a while, I mean I've heard some pretty cool stuff about it, from listening to astronauts to talking to people in Australia. How much money should I expect to spend on equipment and permits? I mean will something inexpensive such as this:... show more I've been interested in getting into ham radio for a while, I mean I've heard some pretty cool stuff about it, from listening to astronauts to talking to people in Australia. How much money should I expect to spend on equipment and permits? I mean will something inexpensive such as this: http://www.westcoastmall.net/connex-ham-... perform well? Also any age ristrictions on permits (I'm 15)? Any recomended reading material apreshiated as well. Thanks in advance.
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