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Jimbojoe

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Should be NeXt month, I studied my rear off for the test tho I think I may have over did the studying lol. I pick this radio up befor hand so I can get the hang of programing it because I read all over the Internet it's a pain to program
 

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Many non hams get UV5rs because they are great unlicenced PMR rigs and the 446 range of frequencies is not blighted by CB kiddies playing music or jamming the airwaves, and it avoids the OPSEC issues caused by being a registered HAM licence holder.
 

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I got one of these Baofengs for my security work along with its ability to rx only the VHF mid band of 76-88 mhz band which is used by forestry and logging companies here in the SE of South Australia its real useful during summer as 7-9 times out of 10 if there is a fire in a blue gum or pine plantation owned by say for example Timberlink i can get a heads up before my pager goes off
 

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Excellent source of info to help you get the best from your Baofeng UV5

http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/UV5R-FAQ.php#firmware
I found this excellent US Prepper radio site only yesterday and its got a great article about reprogramming via CHIRP small 2m / 70cm / PMR 446 radios into emergency radios.
http://radiofreeq.wordpress.com/201...iness-weather-marine-ham-channel-frequencies/
Guys FYI Intek are now producing a high power version of Baofengs unbiquitous UV5R radio ( the UV5 is 4 watts) Inteks KT980-HP is identical to the UV5 but puts out 8 watts instead.
http://www.thunderpole.co.uk/dual-band-amateur-radios/intek-kt-980hp.html
Thanks for the post!
I have 3 UV-5RE's at home and am looking at picking up the UV-82X (2m/1.25m).
For what you pay these radios are pretty damn good!
Thanks for all of the links!
 

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knew this thread existed as I told someone, I'm not that old so that I would imagine things like this
 

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Interesting. What's the "realistic" range of these radios?
 

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Depends on how they are used and where of course, with a standard rubber duck around a mile in urban areas, mile and a half with a longer antenna, but UK users report that they have reached over 8 miles line of sight using standard antenna from a hilltop, but replace the short rubber duck with a 160mm home made bipole antenna a British chap has been able to talk frequently in excess of 30 miles hill top to hill top.
 

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those are ideal conditions are they not?? any experience in wooded areas, about the range?
 

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the price isn't that bad, it could be fun to have a pair, give it to a mate and say; walk that way I walk that way and find out the range ;)
 

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Jontte you should be doing that anyway, its paramount that you know in advance the range of your family / groups comms systems and dead spots, bad reception areas etc BEFORE TSHTF. You need to check your radios be they CB / Ham/ FRS/PMR etc in all directions back to base, making sure for example any OPs or perimeter guards radios will reach back to base. Its no use finding out that AFTER TSHTF that the guard OP on the hill near your home is in a radio dead spot.

Ref radios The Baofengs are superb value for money giving you both Amateur and PMR frequencies in a good quality compact package, but they are not the easiest to use unless reprogrammed and set up to suit your own families needs EG in my own group all the Ham frequencies have been removed and only the 20 PMR & DPMR frequencies plus marine hailing remain thus greatly simplifying the kit for those in my group who are not technically oriented. However if folks need a decent walky talkie wth a bit of power and utterly simple to use then its difficult to find better than the INTEK MT 50-50 its designed with simple channel displays as standard, and comes low power like most off the shelf walkie talkies, but by simply snipping three little loops hodden under a sticker in the battery bock you can increase the power sunstantially, increase the number of channels and increase the encryption / security codes etc.

There are superb videos on Youtube about increasing the capability of the MT50 50.
 

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had I the budget of something else than budget prepper...thank God I do not waste my money sitting in a bar, that goes to prepps instead,but it's still slow advance
 

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Interesting. What's the "realistic" range of these radios?
I know 2 people on two different mountain tops (line of site) with the full 4 watts of power going well over 20 miles.
Repeater use will obviously get you many many more miles, but repeaters aren't dependable when SHTF. I have 3 UV-5RE's and for $35.00 USD on Amazon
with the $8.00 Nagoya NA-771 antenna they are worth every penny! especially since they are dual band (2M/70CM)

I am waiting for delivery of the Baofeng UV-82X dual band (2 M / 1.25 M). Once I get it I will write a review on it.
 

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