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Old 01-07-2014, 12:56 PM
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Default My $29 handheld Amature Radio just showed up

Just happened to run across this, and picked it up on Amazon for $29 bucks. Also got a longer antenna. For the price apparently you can't beat it.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

You can receive and send (NOTE YOU NEED A LICENSE TO SEND)

TONS of videos on it on youtube like this one. Also apparently it needs to be programmed so I'm going to learn about that today.

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Wow thats cheaps. Buying one now! Thx op.
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Wow thats cheaps. Buying one now! Thx op.
Suprlus -Addict has a thread on one of these as well. I'm interested in getting one too.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=868043
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Wow thats cheaps. Buying one now! Thx op.
NP, I think it's always important to share good deals especially with SHTF goodies.
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Can you use it as a emg scanner?
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Suprlus -Addict has a thread on one of these as well. I'm interested in getting one too.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/s...d.php?t=868043

OH SWEET, thanks Mike.
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What's the purpose of these radios?
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It's a ham radio.
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HAM radios, I have 2 of them
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Buying one now.. I am finally able to start prepping like I want to and when things pop up like this, I get a little excited... teehee
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The CA Militia uses similar radios. We've all had great luck with them. Just don't change the language.
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I have one... they are decent little radios for the price. I think I paid about 40 for mine, but that was a few months ago.
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So you can find out where ham is at
Bacon radio for the win.
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Just don't expect much distance without repeaters. All the high frequency stuff relies on repeaters to communicate very far. Still prolly good "walki-talkies" and better than GMRS stuff.
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35.59$ shipped with a cable. Dang.

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i have one of these along with a wouxun uv3d. the Baofeng are great little radios and i wouldnt cry if i loaned it out or it got broke.


OP, look into the Scrap radio repeater, (Normal talk,guns/politics) not a old guy repeater where you gotta say clear and what not.

Output: 449.500 MHz
Input: 444.500 MHz with CTCSS 100.0 Hz

its located on mt baldy, i hit it from yucaipa with 5 watts.


also download (chirp) or the baofeng software, once that is done, youll have to download the driver because your computer still wont see it.

this is a great resource for the Baofeng radio
http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/UV5R-Technical.html

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Cool map with all the repeater info in CA.

http://www.repeaterbook.com/repeater...tem=%&keyword=
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i have one of these along with a wouxun uv3d. the Baofeng are great little radios and i wouldnt cry if i loaned it out or it got broke.


OP, look into the Scrap radio repeater, (Normal talk,guns/politics) not a old guy repeater where you gotta say clear and what not.

Output: 449.500 MHz
Input: 444.500 MHz with CTCSS 100.0 Hz

its located on mt baldy, i hit it from yucaipa with 5 watts.


also download (chirp) or the baofeng software, once that is done, youll have to download the driver because your computer still wont see it.

this is a great resource for the Baofeng radio
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K6AMS 445.700, pl 151.4
i will give it a shot today when i get home, i usually bring my HT with me to work but left it at home today.

i would think i can hit it, i'll give it a shot about 0615p. call sign is KK6IDV

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i have one of these along with a wouxun uv3d. the Baofeng are great little radios and i wouldnt cry if i loaned it out or it got broke.


OP, look into the Scrap radio repeater, (Normal talk,guns/politics) not a old guy repeater where you gotta say clear and what not.

Output: 449.500 MHz
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its located on mt baldy, i hit it from yucaipa with 5 watts.


also download (chirp) or the baofeng software, once that is done, youll have to download the driver because your computer still wont see it.

this is a great resource for the Baofeng radio
http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/UV5R-Technical.html
Curious how well they work in simplex.
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Tell me why I should have one of these....seriously.

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i will give it a shot today when i get home, i usually bring my HT with me to work but left it at home today.

i would think i can hit it, i'll give it a shot about 0615p. call sign is KK6IDV
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Curious how well they work in simplex.
it works decent, its not a kenwood but it does work.

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it works decent, its not a kenwood but it does work.


Average line-of-site distance?
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This.....how far can it go? Meaning, I have a repeater that is line of sight from my house. It's pretty far away, but there is nothing between me and the mountain top.
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its okay with the stock rubber duckie. but if you buy an aftermarket antenna its increased quite a bit for me, but i dont run simplex to often to tell you if there is any fluctuation, id say about 2 miles is predictable

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This.....how far can it go? Meaning, I have a repeater that is line of sight from my house. It's pretty far away, but there is nothing between me and the mountain top.
when you say far away how far are you talking?? id bet against simplex hitting it honestly, to many variables. you prefer not to use 440?

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This.....how far can it go? Meaning, I have a repeater that is line of sight from my house. It's pretty far away, but there is nothing between me and the mountain top.
I'm learning about the whole "repeater" thing right now.
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My Ramcharger will make for a much EASIER full-size install, though. It's STILL an old W150 under the extra sheetmetal.
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Y'all can get a HAM licence too, y'know...
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its okay with the stock rubber duckie. but if you buy an aftermarket antenna its increased quite a bit for me, but i dont run simplex to often to tell you if there is any fluctuation, id say about 2 miles is predictable



when you say far away how far are you talking?? id bet against simplex hitting it honestly, to many variables. you prefer not to use 440?
Whoa there......you are talking way above my simplistic brain there.

I just ordered mine today and am very new to this. My nearby mountain has one and I have a clear view of the top. At least 10 miles.

No idea on the diff between 440 and simple.

Very much a newbie here.....but willing to learn.
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OK, lets say I know jack squat about HAM licensing. Which would be true. What would be a proper first step? I notice there are 3 licenses; Technician, General, and Extra. Where does one start?
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OK, lets say I know jack squat about HAM licensing. Which would be true. What would be a proper first step? I notice there are 3 licenses; Technician, General, and Extra. Where does one start?
I don't know where you are located, but most ham clubs offer free courses. You'd start with the Technician license, which is the minimum needed for this type of radio.

Some clubs offer a "ham cram," where you go in the morning, get pumped full of answers, then you take the test at the end of the class the same day. Personally, I'd like people to actually understand the subject matter instead of memorizing the multiple choice answers, but to each their own.

Here is a good place to start: http://www.arrl.org/
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I'm still learning about ham radio and the rules regarding it. Would it be possible to send packet data over a radio like this?. I thought I read somewhere packet data could only be sent over certain frequencies.
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