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Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio Dual-Band Transceiver (Black) EXPIRED

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Promoted 10-07-2013 at 01:20 PM View Original Post
Amazon.com has Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band Transceiver (Black) for $30. Shipping is free. Thanks DJ3xclusive

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Edited October 9, 2013 at 03:19 AM by widgit
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  • More Stubborn Case, More Rich and Enhanced Features
  • Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz; 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable
  • 128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS; Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
  • Dual-Band Display, Dual Frequency Display, Dual-Standby; A/B band independent operation
  • Comes with all necessary accessories, backed up by 12 Months Seller Warranty
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#211
Rather have a good hand held scanner that will not break the bank. Let me know if there any suggestions.
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Rather have a good hand held scanner that will not break the bank. Let me know if there any suggestions.
Depends on where you're located. Is your local police / fire trunked? 800 Digital? 700 Digital?

You may be able to get away with a $100 scanner, or you may need a $500 scanner.
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Thanks for your input. I have been watching these for years, and have always wanted to purchase them for cross country motorhome trips in case of an emergency. Now they are at reasonable price, I can't seem to come to a decision on which model to buy, the one posted or the new 2013 that you say is worth the extra money. Some say here that the new model lacks some features. Others agree with you. Please are there any experts out there that would give their opinions on which to buy, and if a novice will be able to set the frequencies, etc that everyone is talking about. I would hate to just waste the money and purchase something, that I would never be able to program or use. Thanks guys.
I admit that I haven't played with either of them, especially side by side. I was just going on the general rule that the Chinese manufactures seem to work out bugs with later releases, at least on other radios that I have owned (Quansheng, not BaoFang). When I first started with Chinese radios, I got all kinds of crap from the old time hams who made fun of me. Then they started saying that I was clearer than the others, then they started buying them as well. For the price, what the heck...just pick one, but plan on spending some time learning how to use/program it. It isn't just turn on the switch and hit channel 2 and go.
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Besides, Ham radio is dying a slow death. Average age of a ham is like 58. If we don't get people interested in the service, within 20 years there won't be anything but 80 year old guys talking about their colostomy bags on 75 Meters.
This is a myth. There are more licensed Amateur Radio operators now than in history. This is public record on the FCC web site. The ARRL also supports this number. 40 years ago there were like 300,000 in the US. Today there are over 700,000. And the US is not the largest market for Ham radio.
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I admit that I haven't played with either of them, especially side by side. I was just going on the general rule that the Chinese manufactures seem to work out bugs with later releases, at least on other radios that I have owned (Quansheng, not BaoFang). When I first started with Chinese radios, I got all kinds of crap from the old time hams who made fun of me. Then they started saying that I was clearer than the others, then they started buying them as well. For the price, what the heck...just pick one, but plan on spending some time learning how to use/program it. It isn't just turn on the switch and hit channel 2 and go.
re: programming.

tip use winxp (if possible) it will work with win 7, but you may need to use "compatibility mode"
Be sure the programming cable is securely connected to both handset and computer,
+ use the correct driver (located on programming disc) for your computer OS.
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This is a myth. There are more licensed Amateur Radio operators now than in history. This is public record on the FCC web site. The ARRL also supports this number. 40 years ago there were like 300,000 in the US. Today there are over 700,000. And the US is not the largest market for Ham radio.
Its no Myth....you are using statistics that mean nothing. You know what they say about statistics, right?

The reason there are more Hams today is because of 2 things...natural population growth and much more importantly, the No-code license. The vast majority of those numbers have never even transmitted so much as a dit. They are just paper hams. Show me any reliable facts that disprove my assertion re: average age of hams, as well as the fact that they are dying at a huge yearly rate....and then tell me how it can continue this way? I am an educator, and trust me that teens today have about as much interest in Radio as I have in nuclear physics.
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In 4 1 of the 5R+
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I guess I'll bite, but should I go for the regular or plus for snowboarding?

Also, it looks like there is a button on the resource Mic. It's that a PTT button, or would I need tip get another accessory?
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Depends on where you're located. Is your local police / fire trunked? 800 Digital? 700 Digital?

You may be able to get away with a $100 scanner, or you may need a $500 scanner.

My local PD transmits still on the 150 range. Could the Baofeng pick it up? I assume so.
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Its no Myth....you are using statistics that mean nothing. You know what they say about statistics, right?

The reason there are more Hams today is because of 2 things...natural population growth and much more importantly, the No-code license. The vast majority of those numbers have never even transmitted so much as a dit. They are just paper hams. Show me any reliable facts that disprove my assertion re: average age of hams, as well as the fact that they are dying at a huge yearly rate....and then tell me how it can continue this way? I am an educator, and trust me that teens today have about as much interest in Radio as I have in nuclear physics.
There are quite a lot of hams, and quite a lot of amateur band activity. At least here in the Bay Area, CA.

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My local PD transmits still on the 150 range. Could the Baofeng pick it up? I assume so.
If it's standard non P25 150 MHZ, yes.

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I guess I'll bite, but should I go for the regular or plus for snowboarding?

Also, it looks like there is a button on the resource Mic. It's that a PTT button, or would I need tip get another accessory?
Resource Mic? You mean the speaker mic? Yes, they all have PTT buttons.
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There are quite a lot of hams, and quite a lot of amateur band activity. At least here in the Bay Area, CA.



If it's standard non P25 150 MHZ, yes.



Resource Mic? You mean the speaker mic? Yes, they all have PTT buttons.
what cable would you use? The reviews are not good for http://www.amazon.com/Programming...-qj3_0_0_0
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what cable would you use? The reviews are not good for http://www.amazon.com/Programming...-qj3_0_0_0
Look on eBay for seller Kawa / Kawa Mall. He's reputable if he has the cable, get it from him.
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There are quite a lot of hams, and quite a lot of amateur band activity. At least here in the Bay Area, CA.



If it's standard non P25 150 MHZ, yes.



Resource Mic? You mean the speaker mic? Yes, they all have PTT buttons.

Sweet. So, I can program them, set the channel, then put them in a baggie(protect from wet) and my kid would be able to keep the radio in his jacket and only use the earpiece w/ PTT to contact me?
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#224
Found this on Amazon, Baofeng UV-82 Replaces UV-5R and UV-B6 Models Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio, Transceiver, HT, Walkie Talkie true?? Many of their models say "Newest Model 2013", very confusing. Don't see the UV-82 on their site but found this http://forums.qrz.com/showthread....ransceiver
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#225
I have a friend that lives in SF on the 17th floor. I really want to get this for him, but I am not sure.

Does anyone really see a time when a device like this will be used over like cell phones, land lines or yelling out the window? Would he be able to push a button or dialup emergency services with this unit?

Other than the end of the world, does anyone really see a circumstance where this would be used in a big city?

Thanks!!
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