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BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio only $39.99

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I have always enjoyed Ham Radio but have never had a good chance to have an inexpensive unit, and I ran across this BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio for only $39.99 at Amazon [amazon.com]. I think I can learn a lot with this little radio, and yes, you do have to have a license to transmit, but I think this is a really good deal to learn a lot about the hobby!

I'm seeing info on this radio that you really need the USB programming cable [amazon.com] and the CHIRP software to program it well.
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Last Edited by AngstNIcecream April 29, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Why HAM? Because it works when other networks fail. http://w3atb.com/66-boston-marath...-operators

You will need a license to transmit on these units - get this paperback and CD for around $25 shipped from Amazon [amazon.com] to study for the license. Listening is free.

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Just got one from around this price.
I Ordered it and figured on trying to program it by hand.
The cryptic instructions had me scratching my head. I'm sure I COULD do it, if I had to, but ordered the cable yesterday.
It took forever to figure out the FM radio. Had to do a web search. Nice feature.
I don't have any licenses, I may decide to in the future. For now just listening.
Will be good to have in a disaster.
I'm waiting for the storms to roll through and listen in on the Skywarn Spotters.
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I thought it was always this price for few weeks
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Quote from mutha_scratcha View Post :
Just got one from around this price.
I Ordered it and figured on trying to program it by hand.
The cryptic instructions had me scratching my head. I'm sure I COULD do it, if I had to, but ordered the cable yesterday.
It took forever to figure out the FM radio. Had to do a web search. Nice feature.
I don't have any licenses, I may decide to in the future. For now just listening.
Will be good to have in a disaster.
I'm waiting for the storms to roll through and listen in on the Skywarn Spotters.
I'm thinking about getting this UV-5R Plus for $49.96 [amazon.com] because of its good reviews. I know trying to figure the manual and everything probably will be futile, so do you have links of what you've been able to find out?
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How far will in reach, as in, miles? I work about 4 miles from home. Will my wife be able to talk to me from home when I am at work. Me=ham noob.
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How far will in reach, as in, miles? I work about 4 miles from home. Will my wife be able to talk to me from home when I am at work. Me=ham noob.
I looked through several reviews and can't find a range in there, but one of the UV-5R Plus reviews says he was hitting a repeater 60 miles away.
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How far will in reach, as in, miles? I work about 4 miles from home. Will my wife be able to talk to me from home when I am at work. Me=ham noob.
First, you will both need to get licensed.

Your second question has several different answers.

Basically, the answer is Yes. But thats only if you talk to her through a repeater. Understand that a repeater is a shared resource, and anyone who wants can listen and talk to you as well....now that does not mean they will, there are plenty of practically empty repeaters around here....but I live in a busy suburb. YMMV

If you want to be able to talk directly and consistently from that distance, or even further....on a semi-private frequency of your choosing (called Simplex), then you will need to have better antennas then the little rubber duck that comes with this radio.

Let me know if I can help you further.
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this china brand kicks major ass for price and product when it comes to walkies and stuff...I was very surprised
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Be careful guys. These radios are technically commercial radios that just happen to cover the ham bands. Yes, they can be narrowbanded. Also, if you don't know what you're doing you could find yourself transmitting on licensed frequencies or worse.
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Be careful guys. These radios are technically commercial radios that just happen to cover the ham bands. Yes, they can be narrowbanded. Also, if you don't know what you're doing you could find yourself transmitting on licensed frequencies or worse.
don't worry...just occasionally say things like "bomb" and "fertilizer" and "the blood of the infidels will flow"...and the authorities will ignore you.
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I have about 20 of these and we get roughly half a mile on mostly any frequency with the default antennae. We were hoping to get closer to 2 miles and are looking for ways around the distance issue. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. There is a repeater but it is not very close and we are not really interested in setting up our own.

We did order some beefier antennae to try to increase the range, those should be here later in the week, hopefully they work.
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I'm seeing info on this radio that you really need the USB programming cable [amazon.com] and the CHIRP software to program it well.
Anyone vet and certify the software/hardware connection against malware (and reference web site)?

Once thought this wouldn't be an issue, but too many recent and growing number of attacks coming from China to just assume everything is "clean" anymore.

Looks to be good value otherwise.
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Be careful guys. These radios are technically commercial radios that just happen to cover the ham bands. Yes, they can be narrowbanded. Also, if you don't know what you're doing you could find yourself transmitting on licensed frequencies or worse.
Technically, they're closer to ham radios than commercial radios. There's no way these would pass certification to be used on commercial frequencies.
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Technically, they're closer to ham radios than commercial radios. There's no way these would pass certification to be used on commercial frequencies.
They say they are Part 90 approved, in other words approved for commercial use.
The haven't been Part 97 approved, which would cover amateur use.
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