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Old 09-10-2019, 12:14 PM
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Luckily, we won't have to worry about a World War Z situation with zombies roaming the earth.



They can both receive and transmit. If you're not licensed yet you can still pick one up to listen to. But if you're interested in transmitting I encourage you to study and get your license. It's easy to do.

Just wanted to make a quick comment earlier since people tend to prep with a ham radio for "just in case" use. Regardless of how dystopian the world gets, transmitting will require a ham license.

I just don't think it's wise to tell everyone to pick up a ham radio when people don't understand how it works on the most basic level.

Of course this is just my opinion and YMMV.
Not defending transmitting without a license, but they'd likely be simplex, unlicensed preppers having no idea how to use repeaters.
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Old 09-11-2019, 8:38 AM
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They also don't know how to use the minimum power necessary, I see them stepping on others and bleeding over with these cheap radios, transmitting on other bands and interrupting radio traffic.



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Not defending transmitting without a license, but they'd likely be simplex, unlicensed preppers having no idea how to use repeaters.
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Old 09-11-2019, 9:06 AM
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They also don't know how to use the minimum power necessary, I see them stepping on others and bleeding over with these cheap radios, transmitting on other bands and interrupting radio traffic.
Are "they" encroaching on repeaters/emergency services or tx on one of your club's favorite simplex uhf/vhf channels?

How are you dealing with them?
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Old 09-11-2019, 5:36 PM
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Add a Nagoya NA-771 antenna. I consider it a necessary item for best performance.
Is it really that noticeable? Having checked reviews on NA-771 and NA-771r, not impressed so far. The signal improvement is not great to offset the inconvenience of 15" antenna.
Nagoya UT-308 SMA-J looks interesting, but it's not something you can carry, really.
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Old 09-11-2019, 8:27 PM
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They also don't know how to use the minimum power necessary, I see them stepping on others and bleeding over with these cheap radios, transmitting on other bands and interrupting radio traffic.
I'm a General Class HAM. From my experience this is exceedingly rare, and when it does happen it is usually a malfunction (which can happen with any radio) or a new inexperienced operator who simply needs some guidance. Don't let this discourage you from buying a Baofeng.
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^^ Impressive.
Recommended accessories to go with the radio??
A second radio.
AA battery pack (with dummy cell adaptor).
Battery eliminator for use in car.
A better antenna (I'd go with https://signalstuff.com/product/supe...-signal-stick/)

The 771R is handy. If you aren't transmitting much I like it as well. I leave it collapsed unless transmitting. With my UV5R & 771R I've hit W6CX (Mt Diablo) from Golden Gate Park.
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I have 4) bf f8hps, and I got my Gmrs fcc lic, because of this thread, but I cant use them together
I havent chirped yet, have the cable , extended batteries, above mentioned antennae, I think they are a super cool tool. Now I need to learn how to use, n probably get a Ham Lic.
Another hobby. just what i need
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I just picked up a UV-82HP. Any thoughts?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B015D...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Google up Ham radios for dummies off. I just down loaded 400 page book.
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Old 09-16-2019, 10:57 PM
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If it’s going to be illegal, heck, you got get some!

I got one a while back hoping to use it as a police scanner but my research found that it’s not possible.

I should have researched “before” I bought it!
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I am thrown by there only being six digits onscreen but many frequencies have seven digits, even on the FRS channels. How do you manually dial in the 7 digit freqs?
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:15 AM
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:24 AM
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If it’s going to be illegal, heck, you got get some!

I got one a while back hoping to use it as a police scanner but my research found that it’s not possible.

I should have researched “before” I bought it!
I'd look again. radioreference web site.
Fire, LEO and Medical have a capability to use uhf/vhf and may also have digital radios as primary.
emergency services interoporability requires everybody be able to yak on the same channels. Mutual aid responses require it. (FCC + .FEMA gov etc. mandated it without thinking it thru)
Not all rural communities can afford to go digital because of cost. So they still use the old systems.
Much more common in really rural areas. It's like that where I live.
Urban areas are just a guess on my part. They may only use digital for their day to day coms. vhf/uhf when responfing to a rural multi alarm incident du jour.

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A second radio.
AA battery pack (with dummy cell adaptor).
Battery eliminator for use in car.
A better antenna (I'd go with https://signalstuff.com/product/supe...-signal-stick/)

The 771R is handy. If you aren't transmitting much I like it as well. I leave it collapsed unless transmitting. With my UV5R & 771R I've hit W6CX (Mt Diablo) from Golden Gate Park.
I already upgraded the antenna on both i picked up one with a
Authentic Genuine Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna SMA-Female for BTECH and BaoFeng Radios
and the other with a
Authentic Genuine Nagoya NA-771R 16-Inch Retractable/Telescopic VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) Antenna SMA-Female for BTECH and BaoFeng Radios
Also go the programming cable
BTECH PC03 FTDI Genuine USB Programming Cable for BTECH, BaoFeng, Kenwood, and AnyTone Radio

Definitely helps in picking up more signal, greater distance. Studying for my Technicians and General test to be taken after a class on Oct 20th.
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Old 09-17-2019, 10:26 AM
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I am thrown by there only being six digits onscreen but many frequencies have seven digits, even on the FRS channels. How do you manually dial in the 7 digit freqs?
Suggest you use CHIRP rather than trying to program the radio manually

https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home

BUT you will need this cable to make it work

https://www.amazon.com/BTECH-PC03-Ge.../dp/B00HUB0ONK
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I am thrown by there only being six digits onscreen but many frequencies have seven digits, even on the FRS channels. How do you manually dial in the 7 digit freqs?
http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_ProgMem.php

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