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Old 12-19-2013, 4:36 PM
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Okay, this is how it works.

It's a series, and those are models.

Example: You have the Mustang.
In the Mustng lineup, you have the Mustang GT, the Mustang Boss 302 (well, did) the Mustang Super Snake, etc.
They are all still Mustangs, though.

Same thing with the UV-5R's.

You have the UV-5R.
And then you have the UV-5R+, the UV-5RE, the UV-5RA, etc.

Hardware wise, they're identical. But, some have different firmware, some have different cases, the placement of buttons. small stuff like that.

I just stuck with the plain Jain UV-5R because: 1, it's $29, 2, there is a TON of after market stuff for it, 3, there is a huge following for them so there are lots of mods and different software tweakseople have made, and 4, it has a nice black, matte finish on it, which really hands itself to a bug out bag/truck/car radio.

It just made the most sense to me.

Plus, it was only $29
Good point. I was wondering about the differences, and if the UV-82 was any better. Gotta do some homework now.
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Good point. I was wondering about the differences, and if the UV-82 was any better. Gotta do some homework now.
The UV-82 is great, but it's a little weak (well, a lot weak) on the after market and user-support compared to the UV-5R.
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That the 7:00AM elk lodge test location in Carmichael? I was thinking of going to that, but the problem is we're so dang BUSY this Saturday.
Nope, in Saratoga, CA.
BTW, exam sessions can be found on ARRL website: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-...e-exam-session
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I got licensed as a ham in 1995 and went inactive in 1997. About 3 or 4 years ago I got re-licensed and love it. One of the coolest advances since I was 1st licensed is IRLP and Echolink... Linking repeaters via internet so you can hit a repeater in one city and come out on a repeater in Stockholm if you want. Very neat... Enjoy!
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here is the facebook site with lots of Baofeng Radio Info: https://www.facebook.com/groups/100428610134991/

Info on local repeaters, setup, groups etc.
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WTF, so I half *** skimmed through this thread and ended up ordering the radio... its not like I don't already have an absurd collection of CBs & other 10 meter radios, scanners and the like - but $30 is hard to beat
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wow very interesting stuff in here, what's the process to obtain a license?
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wow very interesting stuff in here, what's the process to obtain a license?
1. Study, either by taking practice tests until you've got it down, or by doing some serious reading. Just Google "ham practice test" or use one of several free android or iPhone apps.

2. Take the test! Find a testing location here: http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-...e-exam-session

Prior to taking the test, you will need to register for a FRN (FCC Registration Number) here:https://apps.fcc.gov/coresWeb/publicHome.do Registration is free, but most testing locations charge between five and fifteen bucks to take the test.

Getting my ham license is one of the most worthwhile things I have ever done. There are many, many repeaters that are open to the public and free to use, greatly extending the range of even the most inexpensive handheld. Any more questions, don't hesitate to ask!

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I will definitely be doing this during my Christmas vacation!
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Protective Bunker and Survival Center in the City of Lake Elsinore will be hosting a Ham Radio Class. I took my test with them sometime last year and received my technicians license. they are awesome people, with lots of awesome and cool things, not to mention the 80% paperweights and rebuild kits the last time I was there Here is the link to the class:
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You guys do know that its illegal to use Ham radios on the FRS frequencies.......
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You guys do know that its illegal to use Ham radios on the FRS frequencies.......
The radio being discussed here is a Part 90 device as well, but that still does not cover FRS. If I recall correctly, that would fall under Part 95.

Either way...would you kindly show me where anyone suggested using this particular radio on any FRS frequency???

My apologies, just found it.

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You guys do know that its illegal to use Ham radios on the FRS frequencies.......
Er, my bad. I did not realize that these were not type accepted for FRS. I knew GMRS, because of its own licensing requirement, but didn't look that far into the regs thinking that FRS is basically CB 2.0

So, be advised that tuning these to radios for FRS is not legal.
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Old 12-22-2013, 2:17 AM
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I got my technician's license a couple of years ago because of off-roading friends and SHTF prep.

These guys are a great group and do testing at their Meet & Greets and support field days. They also have a weekly net on the Keller repeater.

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Not legal for FRS/GMRS/MURS, but in a real emergency it's nice to have the option. And it's always legal to *RECEIVE* FRS/GMRS/MURS regardless, so that can be helpful...

These little chinese wonder radios will even reach CAP/MARS analog channels, though I don't think they're legal for them either (no NTIA compliance). Still nice to have in an emergency though...
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I've wanted a HAM license since I was a kid. Our faculty recently went through a mini-CERT class and that got me thinking about HAM again. Thanks OP and others for the 42A link. Think I'll get one and dig out the ARRL book I bought 5 years ago and prep for the test.
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Here's a tip for anyone looking for a Baofeng in Sacramento... I was in a shop a few months back called Last Stand Tactical http://www.laststandtactical.com/ and they had them in stock for around $49. The cool part is the store pre-programs their radios with around 100 local repeaters and also the FRS frequencies too, so you can easily monitor those. I picked one up and and played with it a bit but haven't used it yet.

I have been licensed since around 1991 (can't remember the exact year) and started out as a Novice class doing only morse code. I had a Yeasu FT-7 HF radio running 5 watts. I lived in an apartment building in Brentwood and used a 40 meter mobile whip antenna that was mounted on the balcony railing using a C-clamp that I welded onto the antenna mount. I worked all of California, Nevada, Oregon, etc with that little setup and even had a QSO with Japan once when the conditions were just right

I moved up to the hills and had a full length dipole on 75/80 meters and also an Astron A-99 vertical for 11 meters. Using a Kenwood TS-520S and licensed as a General class, I made contact with dozens and dozens of countries... I have QSL cards from Mozambique, Kwajalein, The UN building in NYC, Italy, France, Kamchatsky Penninsula in Russia, South Korea, etc etc. Most of those were phone on 11M when it was a crazy summer back in the mid 90s, but a lot on CW as well.

I urge anyone who is getting interested in HAM radio to check out HF too, as there is a lot of fun to be had there. If I had only stayed on VHF and the repeaters, I would have missed out on a lot of fun and tinkering with antennas, etc.

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Just got my programing cable, I'm more than happy

I'm gonna return my AAA adapter though: while it turns on the radio and I can monitor, it doesn't have the juice I need to transmit.
So, that was a waste of $14...
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$98.47, radio included
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Aw, geez surplus-addict...you did it again.
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Aw, geez surplus-addict...you did it again.
HEY: It was a good investment

I'm shipping off the AAA adapter tomorrow, I'll get my money back and then...

I'll probably buy this: http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-3800mA...owViewpoints=1
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well, Calguns did it again. Made me spend my money. I was licensed in 1994 as a Technician Plus, and active for about 8 years, even ran a 50 watt packet repeater for fun. Moved on to other things but renewed my license in 2004.

Saw this thread and realized I had no idea when my license expired. Checked the FCC website, saw it expired in Feb 2014, so renewed my license. Started reading the ham and ARRL websites and got interested again. Scheduled my testing session for a General class license on January 25th. Cramming like crazy...

Bought a Baofeng UV-5R and having a lot of fun with it on local repeaters...

Guess I'm back thanks to Calguns.
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I hope you guys are able to help us when SHTF...

Did you reallly say you could buy a ham radio for $29? When I was a kid, the ham radio buffs had WALLS of stuff that cost $500 a pop for each box. And antennas the size of their houses...

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I hope you guys are able to help us when SHTF...

Did you reallly say you could buy a ham radio for $29? When I was a kid, the ham radio buffs had WALLS of stuff that cost $500 a pop for each box. And antennas the size of their houses...

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Yup, $29! There's a link in here somewhere. It's definitely one of those hobbies where you can spend as little, or as much as you would like. Depending on where you are, a basic little handheld may be all you need to jump on a few repeaters.
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I hope you guys are able to help us when SHTF...

Did you reallly say you could buy a ham radio for $29? When I was a kid, the ham radio buffs had WALLS of stuff that cost $500 a pop for each box. And antennas the size of their houses...

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Yes, $29!

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-...=baofeng+uv-5r

And it's not cheap crap, it's a good, high quality piece: thank you Chinese government subsidization

That has the radio, antenna, base charging station, lanyard, mic/earpiece combo, and manual (that's pretty useless, to be frank. There are better guides online).

Now, that's all you really need to transmit and be a ham, but life becomes a thousand times easier (no, really) if you have two other items: A programming cable, and a better antenna. Thankfully, they're both inexpensive additions.

[*]Note: the cheaper cable and antenna are counterfeits, better to spend more and get the real thing ~rkt


A programming cable is only $6.32, order it when you order the radio.
http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Ca...gramming+cable

And the antenna is inexpensive as well, but it's made in Japan and REALLY helps with reception compared to the stock rubber ducky antenna.
it's only $7.59 with free shipping: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Nagoya-NA-77...item3a847b27e7
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Well dang it, you're costing me money surplus-addict. Just ordered 2, plus a programming cable, better antenna, and car charger so I can charge it off of the 12 volt outlet on my GoalØ solar panel.

Sigh.


Oh well. It's only money...
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Well dang it, you're costing me money surplus-addict. Just ordered 2, plus a programming cable, better antenna, and car charger so I can charge it off of the 12 volt outlet on my GoalØ solar panel.

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Hey, we could have a Calguns HAM radio group for the Nor-Cal shoots, that would be pretty cool. Dutch has one, I have one, you have one, Wicked Pete is a HAM... this could work.
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Hey, we could have a Calguns HAM radio group for the Nor-Cal shoots, that would be pretty cool. Dutch has one, I have one, you have one, Wicked Pete is a HAM... this could work.
You all would just be calling to be sure I don't forget the coffee or the .22LR

My radio arrived today along with the car charger. Still waiting for the antenna and programming cable. I was considering applying for a license about 30 years ago, but wasn't enthused about learning CW.

Oh, well. Better late than never.
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You all would just be calling to be sure I don't forget the coffee or the .22LR

My radio arrived today along with the car charger. Still waiting for the antenna and programming cable. I was considering applying for a license about 30 years ago, but wasn't enthused about learning CW.

Oh, well. Better late than never.
Sweet. My car charger got here today, the radios, antenna, and programming cable should be here tomorrow.
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I bought one of these a couple years ago when we go on our NSX drives. It's a great little radio.
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A thread I started a while back

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I have been looking at them and asked the guy that we have that programs all our police radios and does our CERT stuff also about them. He laughed and pointed over to his right and said, "Like these?" He had a dozen sitting on his desk that they bought for CERT. I should be taking the test in early February, and my son will be taking the test at his school. Now I just need to get off my butt and buy them. Hopefully I will be joining you guys on air within the next few months.
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Passed my General license test on the 25th!

Being on Calguns has proven to be expensive...

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I have been looking at them and asked the guy that we have that programs all our police radios and does our CERT stuff also about them. He laughed and pointed over to his right and said, "Like these?" He had a dozen sitting on his desk that they bought for CERT. I should be taking the test in early February, and my son will be taking the test at his school. Now I just need to get off my butt and buy them. Hopefully I will be joining you guys on air within the next few months.
Buy em soon, Amazon just raised the price of the standard one $11!

But, the same radio with a different shell (the UV-5RA) is still only $30. Buy it.
http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-UV5RA-...keywords=uv-5r

I still need to do my ham homework and go to a class and get my license...
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Buy em soon, Amazon just raised the price of the standard one $11!

But, the same radio with a different shell (the UV-5RA) is still only $30. Buy it.
http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-UV5RA-...keywords=uv-5r

I still need to do my ham homework and go to a class and get my license...
If you wanted to use extended batteries or alkaline batteries, you'd want to stay away from the UV-5RA

http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/pdf/UV5R_Acc_Guide.pdf
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If you wanted to use extended batteries or alkaline batteries, you'd want to stay away from the UV-5RA

http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/pdf/UV5R_Acc_Guide.pdf
The extended batteries work with the UV-5RA, you just have to cut the little plastic nubs off the top of the extended battery. No problem then.
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