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post #21 of 24 Old 02-27-2020, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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post #22 of 24 Old 02-27-2020, 06:14 PM
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Sorry, I've been PTing and doctoring most of the day. @Toney got you the link and you would be good to go with it.

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...Baofeng is your friend. Cheap Chinese radios of decent quality and indecipherable instructions...
I forgot to include some helpful links.

https://w7apk.com/baofeng

UV5R, UV6R, GT3 Info - Miklor (quite a bit of good information on other radios, too, at Miklor Radio Information Site - Miklor)

The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project (Some guys wrote a manual for the UV5R that can be understood by people who did not come from the womb speaking Chinese)

https://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Home (CHIRP is software for programming the Baofeng radios (and others))
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I forgot to include some helpful links.[QUOTE]

Thanks for the info Tom. I'm using Chirp software to program the radio. Makes it easy after the learning curve is rounded. I forgot to mention I also programed in 146.520 & 446.000. From what I understand those are common calling frequencies. Am I correct on that? I expected way more chatter when I scan all frequencies on the 2m and 70cm bands. I know the handheld radio is hurting reception and I live on the side of a hill lower in elevation than a lot of people in this area but I did buy the 42" antenna as well. Makes no difference. I finally did hear someone on a GMRS frequency today. Sounded like some guys escorting a wide load. I found a couple of ham clubs in the area. I may show up at a meeting. From what I'm receiving now (basically nothing), the entire band(s) seem as dead as CB's are, at least from what signals reach my door. Might just be screaming for help when there's nobody listening.

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post #24 of 24 Old 04-13-2020, 10:32 AM
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To the original question, you can used handhelds if you are within range of a repeater but you have to know how to find and hit repeaters. There is a lot of info online about this. I have the UV-5R, UV-5r+, and a few variations of the UV-82. Keep in mind there are several radios out there with the same "model" claiming to be Baofeng that are counterfeit and not quite as good. There are a couple websites you can google to identify them to a point. I prefer the 8 watt UV-82 version. It is more substantial than the 5R. The best one I have found is a bit pricey but the reception and transmissions are the clearest and it feels better made. I cannot post links yet but it is the Mirkit Radio Baofeng UV-82 MK5 MP which you can search on Amazon. I got it on sale for $32. Remember to watch prices as they fluctuate on Amazon. Any of the radios imported by Mirkit seem to be a slightly higher quality. Whatever you get, upgrade the antenna. I like the Nagoya NA-771 or the Retevis RHD-771. There are several knock offs out there on antennas too and they are not as good as the two I mentioned. I bought a 10 pack of the less expensive antennas one time and it was a waste. I have used the Mirkit UV-82 I mentioned above on strike teams (wildland fire fighting) because it is easy to manually input frequencies when we get moved around because our department handhelds do not have all of the Cal Fire or USFS channels programmed into them and require computers to program. No one realized that we were not using an official radio. Get a programming cable and as mentioned above, I use CHIRP which is open source to program my radios. Good luck.
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