baofeng radio recommendations

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  1. hotwheels22

    hotwheels22 Long timer

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    i want to get a UHF (or something...) type radio to use in a ADV rescue situation but also to mess around with to learn what these things do (and how they work etc).
    anyone that knows something about this stuff able to give me a recommendation?
    do i get the "tri power" one?:
    https://baofengradio.us/tri-power-8w-radios.html

    is there anything in the discontinued line worth picking up?'will snybof these get NOAA weather reports? regular radio?!

    anyway i have to pick up some sally talkies for a nephews birthday do i figure now is the time.

    THANKS for any help...

    jon
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  2. C5dad

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    These are all HAM and requires license, which I presume you know if you plan to communicate. That said, Baofeng makes a decent radio as long as you realize it's low end and if it breaks, it's a toss away unit. I personally use Yaesu on my bike (emergency use only) and in my truck and base station.
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    hotwheels22 Long timer

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    ok. guess i need to google how to get a license.
    do you know if the walkie talkies need s license?
    also, any idea on the difference between the models?
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  4. trc.rhubarb

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    That is a very deep rathole you will be entering.
    I'm not real sure how it will help you but if it makes you feel better, why not.
    Range on a handheld, while nestled in a canyon with limited skyview and the tiny ground plane your bike's chassis makes will not be stellar. Better than CB but still not stellar. If you are lucky enough to bounce off a repeater, well then you can get some serious range. There are mobile kits you can add to your bike that will boost power/range but you're still subject to location and availability of repeaters.

    Spot/InReach/SatPhone/EPIRB/PLB will all do a much more reliable job in your situation.

    HAM can be quite addicting and expensive and although I've managed to avoid it, I can see the crazy in friend's eyes, the first time they reach someone on the other side of the world with their cobbled together antenna system hidden in trees to keep the HOA where they live from noticing. One friend has an antenna structure that is at least 70' high and looks like a giant sky facing crossbow. It dominates the neighborhood and is big enough that a grown adult can stand on the top platform where the aerials mount.

    Here is an example of a communication from a friend after he started messing around... as you can see, proceed with caution:

    "I was cruising on the lower end of the 40 meter band earlier this evening, where only “Amateur Extra”s can transit … I was listening to some guy named Julio Cheein from Santiago in Argentina … and I could hear him clearly, and another guy he was talking to was in Oregon .. but the Oregonian couldn’t hear the Argentinian too well, so there was a lot of repetition. If I had my “Extra” or they had been another 50 KHz up, I could have relayed the messages, you know, how is the weather ? etc. :-)
    I am thinking about a Software Defined Radio, some can be picked up for about a grand, looks like a little router w/ 100Mbit RJ-45 jack, and a power light. All configuration happens in the PC as does the display, waterfall, etc. - if they had any good software for the mac it would be an easy decision, but I can’t see myself getting a PC - oh wait I have a MS Surface Pro 2 I think it is…. but I hate the fucking thing. It lives in my closet. Anyway, the SDR audio is better than any superheterodyne and uses way fewer components. All the noise reduction is done in software. Those things should be cheap.
    Hey so have you noticed that a number of the police force transmissions are now encrypted?"

    Oh and for fun, one more short one:
    "Hey mate,
    Last night I got to New Zealand on my radio using my my stealth wire antenna just 115 ft off the ground.

    As you can imagine .. it was VERY cool…!"
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    LMFAO and slapping the floor.

    OK. maybe i'll just get the kid some waking talkies and i'll splurge for a delorme at some point.

    hi-larious.
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    Getting the license is not that hard. Controlling yourself from wanting to buy monster rigs can be the challege. Lol. I have a handheld on my bike and another in my truck. Mine is for disaster planning purposes. Walkies are ok for kids. A handheld ham will transmit much farther given line of site. YMMV
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    Email the local HAM club. They're geeks with no friends other than
    their HAM buddies. They'll fast track you through the test and get you licensed. Buy a $36 Boefeng from Amazon.

    Run and hide until your new HAM club buddies stop looking for you.

    VA7DNL
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    Yeah, the Elmers can smell fresh meat, lol.
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    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    I just dove into this rabbit hole. Head first with my eyes wide open! Baofeng UV-5R 8W w/extended 3800mAH battery, Nagoya NA-771 and UT-106 antennas, Speaker Mic, AA and AAA battery cases, USB charge cable, programming cable, CHIRP daily build. I've already programmed 40+ local police, fire, EMS, weather channels (all with transmit locked out).

    Meeting the local HAM club Tuesday night...
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  10. RichPlusXT350

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    Don't be worried about getting a license; most locations let you repeat as many times as you want so you can eventually memorize the questions. Here is a link to search for tests, here in Portland about every week there is a test within an hour drive: http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search

    I'm thrilled this thread isn't just people bashing BaoFeng. Typically if you ask Hams about them they will say they are cheap crap and you should get a Yaesu instead. However, almost all of them have a BaoFeng in their collection.

    Lastly, if you are just looking for something for your nephew the Family Radio Service radios are very decent and serve a good purpose. You will hit their range limitations quickly, but for camping with the family you can hand one off to everyone.
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    hey guys.

    thanks for the great info. going to mull over which direction (of any to go on this).

    can i please just ask you a dumb question here about whether i can buy TWO PAIRS of these and have them all on the same channel? i want to get my nephew four of them but wan't to make sure i can get them on same channel.

    https://baofengradio.us/walkie-talkies.html

    only other option i have is to get the three pack in black only. dumb question but i want to make sure to not make s mistake.

    THANKS

    jon
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