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Old 11-19-2014, 01:41 PM   #1
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My new shiny thing - it makes noises, it has flashy lights and knobs and things...

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Old 11-19-2014, 05:09 PM   #2
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Oh, noes, i gots the older model. Bought it for ski season, my Motorola is too large for ski jacket pockets, same with the W32...

Works OK. Audio is a bit tough due to tiny speaker but for $32????
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Old 11-19-2014, 06:54 PM   #3
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Cool! My Motorola Talkabouts gave up the ghost last year. Time to check these out
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Old 11-19-2014, 07:32 PM   #4
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I'm intrigued. After all, it seems that they make noises, have flashy lights and knobs and things.

What do you guys use these for?

For all the problems my Jeep buddies have w/ CB's on the trail (as well as U-joints, driveshafts, flat tires, and shocks falling the fuck off) I wonder if $150 worth of these things wouldn't take care of the group.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:18 PM   #5
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Oh, noes, i gots the older model. Bought it for ski season, my Motorola is too large for ski jacket pockets, same with the W32...

Works OK. Audio is a bit tough due to tiny speaker but for $32????
The older 4 watt models - UV5 - are about $32

This one was $64 IIRC.

I wanted the 8 watts and it has some new features and fixes to old problems.

This a dual band HT - 2 meter and 70 cm (150 and 450 mHz).

As such, I can use it for Amateur Radio (Ham) once I get my license (I have my GROL so taking the test for Ham should be easy), but you can also use it for FRS/GMRS - illegally for the latter as it is not type certified for those uses (it has more than the max. power allowed and it has a removable antenna and it transmits outside those freqs.)

I got it for several reasons:

1) I wanted to put one of these in my Get Home Bag and one each in my kids bags. They won't use it except in an emergency (they are glued to their phones). They are inexpensive enough for that kind of usage (as in probably never) but still work in an emergency.

2) I wanted to get into Ham radio. Just another bunch of toys.

3) I live out in the boonies. Most of the time my cell phone doesn't work here even though I can actually see a cell tower a couple of ridges over about 4 miles away (it probably isn't my provider). It works inside my house because I use WiFi there.

So if I am outside and walking around in the woods and I am injured/etc., then I have something I can maybe call out on. I can see a local repeater from here - about 30 miles away on a hill about the same elevation as me, but a little higher - so if I can hit that repeater (and I think I can - I can hear it just fine), then I am good. I will know after I get my license.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:19 PM   #6
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I'm intrigued. After all, it seems that they make noises, have flashy lights and knobs and things.

What do you guys use these for?

For all the problems my Jeep buddies have w/ CB's on the trail (as well as U-joints, driveshafts, flat tires, and shocks falling the fuck off) I wonder if $150 worth of these things wouldn't take care of the group.
Be aware that these are not legal to use in the USA without a Ham license.
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:46 PM   #7
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Holy crap, these things are only $32.79 and free shipping?
I hardly even know what the damn thing is and I want one just cause it's so damn cheap.
http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-.../dp/B00FMIYEKW
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Old 11-19-2014, 08:55 PM   #8
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Holy crap, these things are only $32.79 and free shipping?
I hardly even know what the damn thing is and I want one just cause it's so damn cheap.
http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8-.../dp/B00FMIYEKW
That's the older one with lower power.

The one I have has update firmware and different hardware, but is compatible with the UV5 family of accessories.

This is what I got:

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-F8H.../dp/B00MAULSOK
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Old 11-19-2014, 09:12 PM   #9
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We have been using them on our Timbersleds for 2 years now, they do a great job. Some days you can hear guys on mountains 35 kilometers away.
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Old 11-19-2014, 11:30 PM   #10
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I've been using my baofeng uv82 as a cheap scanner. I can pick up fire, ems, sherriff, local police, etc.
A bit of a pain to program but for under 50 bucks no complaints!
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Is that $32 on Amazon?

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is...&sprefix=baofe
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Old 11-20-2014, 08:13 AM   #12
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I assume everyone understands that these radios require a LICENSE to operate and are not legal FRS radios.
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Old 11-20-2014, 09:01 AM   #13
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I've been using my baofeng uv82 as a cheap scanner. I can pick up fire, ems, sherriff, local police, etc.
A bit of a pain to program but for under 50 bucks no complaints!
How do you set them up as a scanner?
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Old 11-20-2014, 11:05 AM   #14
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How do you set them up as a scanner?
You program receive only frequencies, using data from Radio Reference. However, before you all Sally forth, check your community, if they use a digital trunking system, these HT's lack the APCO 25 hardware and will not track the conversations.

Also they do not receive the AM Aviation band.
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Old 11-20-2014, 12:30 PM   #15
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What's all involved in getting a license for one of these?
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