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Old April 28th, 2015, 07:53 PM
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This is a good article.Ultimate Radio Communication Guide: What to Look for in a Handheld Transceiver : ITS Tactical
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Old April 28th, 2015, 08:03 PM
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Yea I picked up a Beofeng duel banders a couple of weeks ago, not had much to play with it yet, but seems pretty solid.
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Old April 28th, 2015, 08:04 PM
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Oh god. Wouxun and Baofeng. I should have known.

Please anyone considering a radio please pay the slight amount more for a quality product.
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I have the Boe-Fang and love it. Cheap-O, easy to use, and I've done simplex at over 20 miles with it. I keep it in my bag almost all the time.
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Old April 28th, 2015, 08:25 PM
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Oh god. Wouxun and Baofeng. I should have known.

Please anyone considering a radio please pay the slight amount more for a quality product.
Well you're not wrong...but everyone has to have an entry level starter. Your gotta start with twigs to build a fire.
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Old April 28th, 2015, 08:37 PM
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that's not a bad deal to get into comm. i started along these lines. now i use motorola astro sabers and reprogram them myself for what I need.
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I have the Boe-Fang and love it. Cheap-O, easy to use, and I've done simplex at over 20 miles with it. I keep it in my bag almost all the time.
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Well you're not wrong...but everyone has to have an entry level starter. Your gotta start with twigs to build a fire.
Yes, I agree they are "entry" radios. But I bet you 99% of people could not figure out the cryptic interface to properly access a repeater, set tone squelch, etc. It's amazing how bad they are for things like that.

There are whole web sites, subreddits, and Yahoo groups dedicated to keeping people from bashing their heads in using these things.

The radio in your bag is only useful if you know how to use it. While almost all of the Amateur manufacturers make good radios with crappy UX, the 2 Chinese ones are atrocious. Spending the extra $50 gets you a useful tool instead of that thing you fiddle with on the trail. If you decide to get one of these, PLEASE for the love of the Rover Gods know how to use it!
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So what do you recommend, and if at all possible can I not look "tactical" if I have one?
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Oh god. Wouxun and Baofeng. I should have known.

Please anyone considering a radio please pay the slight amount more for a quality product.
Best $39.99 spent for basically a throw away comm unit. If I dropped it in the lake I wouldn't care. If I dropped my Yaesu HT in the lake I would be pissed.
I programmed it and about a dozen Baofeng radios for friends with my MacBook using CHIRP in about 20 seconds each. Every HAM needs a Baofeng or two.
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The Baofeng user experience is atrocious but to be honest, so is the $500 Yaesu experience. I really only use my HTs on the two or three offroad trips that I take a year and every time I go, I have to spend half an hour reading through the Yaesu manual to re-learn the most basic things. Two things I do that have helped:

- keep a copy of the manuals for all of your radios on your phone or tablet. Dropbox is a great place to store PDFs; so are the Kindle and iBooks apps.

- Program all of the repeater and simplex frequencies for your area into your radio beforehand. I use this software and it's totally awesome: Yaesu Radio Programming Software | Yaesu Radio Software | Cloning Software

You have to buy their little dongle but it's worth it. The software lets you make a big Excel spreadsheet of the repeater freqs, offsets, and tones and then you just press 'upload' and you're set.

Buy a good radio like a Yaesu and then buy and mod a few Baofengs to keep in your glove box and give out to your radio-less buddies for use as GMRS radios on your next trip.
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Best $39.99 spent for basically a throw away comm unit. If I dropped it in the lake I wouldn't care. If I dropped my Yaesu HT in the lake I would be pissed.
I programmed it and about a dozen Baofeng radios for friends with my MacBook using CHIRP in about 20 seconds each. Every HAM needs a Baofeng or two.
Concur, I've got a Yaesu mounted in the Disco but the Baofeng's are great to hand off to others to run on simplex and if they break, no big deal.
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$30 for something you use 10x max a year, and may drop it or break it....winner. I have an am handheld as well, and just got the Baofang uv5r for this simple reason
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Programming with chirp is very easy. The cable to do it costs a few $.
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The Baofeng user experience is atrocious but to be honest, so is the $500 Yaesu experience. I really only use my HTs on the two or three offroad trips that I take a year and every time I go, I have to spend half an hour reading through the Yaesu manual to re-learn the most basic things. Two things I do that have helped:

- keep a copy of the manuals for all of your radios on your phone or tablet. Dropbox is a great place to store PDFs; so are the Kindle and iBooks apps.

- Program all of the repeater and simplex frequencies for your area into your radio beforehand. I use this software and it's totally awesome: Yaesu Radio Programming Software | Yaesu Radio Software | Cloning Software

You have to buy their little dongle but it's worth it. The software lets you make a big Excel spreadsheet of the repeater freqs, offsets, and tones and then you just press 'upload' and you're set.

Buy a good radio like a Yaesu and then buy and mod a few Baofengs to keep in your glove box and give out to your radio-less buddies for use as GMRS radios on your next trip.

X8, Agreed 100%. Well said...

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Best $39.99 spent for basically a throw away comm unit. If I dropped it in the lake I wouldn't care. If I dropped my Yaesu HT in the lake I would be pissed.
I programmed it and about a dozen Baofeng radios for friends with my MacBook using CHIRP in about 20 seconds each. Every HAM needs a Baofeng or two.
I went straight to the Yaesu, it's read, read, read...
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