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Last Edited by cricket702 October 4, 2016 at 05:15 PM
Requires license to transmit (none to "listen")... plenty of forum discussions on this, though.
I think $31.08 is the cheapest I've seen it.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...U76YK0GKMM

High / Low Power Settings (5W/1W) Programmable Amateur Radio
• Frequency Range: 65-108 MHz (Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx)
• Customize Channel Names, the Boot Display and More by Using the PC03 FTDI Programming Cable
• 1500mAh Battery; Broadband (Wide) 25khz / Narrowband (Narrow) 12.5khz Selectable
• AUTO Keypad Lock, Dual Band, Dual Display and Dual Standby
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Last Edited by ghostwriter66 October 4, 2016 at 10:21 PM
These guides are what I used to get both my Technician's and my General licenses. [kb6nu.com] When I got mine 2 years ago both were free, but now they cost a little something. They are very good, give you the exact questions to study, and make it very easy to pass the multiple choice tests.


You can go here
[arrl.org] to find out where your closest local exam will be given next. Here's more information on the Level 1 Technician license. [arrl.org] I think it is $5 or $10 to take the exam, and the license is good for 10 years. Once you pass the Technician's license exam you will have privileges to talk on the frequencies that the Baofeng UV-82 has, plus you have a few other frequencies on High Frequency radios (not included in the Baofeng UV-82). HF radios are what I talk on much more often with my General license because they allow your signal to go hundreds and even thousands of miles.

t takes a little while to catch on to how to program it, but if you use a cable like this one [newegg.com] with a computer, it is much simpler.

Here's another site with a LOT of information on the UV-82 [miklor.com]. This guy's information is extremely helpful to find out more! These videos would probably be helpful on programming and features as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwcgBDI3vTo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqhoXyEg69k

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I have the UV-B5 and think it's a great deal for the money, and this UV-82 should be even better.
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what is the range on these things?
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what is the range on these things?
I have the 82HP which has more power and can easily hit repeaters 30+ miles out.
BUT.. There's a lot more to it than the power. The antenna for one is very important.
Terrain around you also can block. For 26 bucks this is excellent.
Get the antenna from signal stuff to improve range.
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tks n41
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I want a good walkie talkie that I can use on hikes with my family and on cruise ships. The ones I buy in store with 50 miles don't work well even when I am less than one mile. Can I buy a few of these to use for that purpose? I can buy a license, but how much would that cost?
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I want a good walkie talkie that I can use on hikes with my family and on cruise ships. The ones I buy in store with 50 miles don't work well even when I am less than one mile. Can I buy a few of these to use for that purpose? I can buy a license, but how much would that cost?
You have to study for the Technician's License, but it's not very hard. Check out ARRL.org for information on getting the license.
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You have to study for the Technician's License, but it's not very hard. Check out ARRL.org for information on getting the license.
Take a test like the MCAT?
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Quote from andy7088 View Post :
I want a good walkie talkie that I can use on hikes with my family and on cruise ships. The ones I buy in store with 50 miles don't work well even when I am less than one mile. Can I buy a few of these to use for that purpose? I can buy a license, but how much would that cost?
You don't "buy" a license. You study for and pass the FCC exam for at least the Technician level Amateur radio license. Then you're allocated a FCC call sign which you must use when transmitting. I think the exam fee is something like $15.

You still won't get anywhere near 50 mile point to point communications in real world conditions though.
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You don't "buy" a license. You study for and pass the FCC exam for at least the Technician level Amateur radio license. Then you're allocated a FCC call sign which you must use when transmitting. I think the exam fee is something like $15.

You still won't get anywhere near 50 mile point to point communications in real world conditions though.
Does everyone in my family need to take the test
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Does everyone in my family need to take the test
Yes, each person will have a FCC Amateur Radio call sign they will need to use for legal transmissions.
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Yes, each person will have a FCC Amateur Radio call sign they will need to use for legal transmissions.
Can other people eavesdrop or can I create a family channel with a passcode
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Does everyone in my family need to take the test
Everyone who you want to be able to legally transmit with these radios, yes. A family of ham radio operators would be pretty cool though.

As has been indicated above, the technician exam is pretty easy to pass. You can actually sufficiently prepare by simply taking sample tests until you work out the types of answers the FCC is looking for.

But it's better to actually study from an online or purchased exam manual so you understand the basic theory behind what you're doing when you operate these amateur radios.
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The test is quite easy if you take a class just before. My whole fam (extended) took one before going on a cruise last June. 2 hours later all but my mom and sister had passed the exam.

We used a bunch of UV-5R V2+ Plus's for our trip (stock antenna). Bow to stern signals got a little iffy but they generally worked well. We didn't really use our licenses per se as we ended up setting up the radios to use channels that didn't require it.
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