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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by helicopilot » Fri Jan 01, 2016 6:08 pm

Reading through this all with an interest on getting a couple of Baofeng radios. They seem to have a very low price point and are just about everywhere on any kind of prepper websites. Problem is that there seems to be about 100 different variants and setups. Any recommendations on an easy to use, out-of-the-box plug-and-play version? I'm mostly looking at using it with similar radios, within maybe a 5 km radius and, other than maybe listening in, am not interested in ham nets per say.

Also, any model running or capable of running off AA batts? I can see OEM batteries being great but maybe a bit more difficult to recharge in a grid-down scenario, either long or short-term.

Any words of wisdom would be most appreciated.



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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by Denob » Fri Jan 01, 2016 11:28 pm

All the variations of the UV5R series are cosmetic differences only. The software, firmware, and functionality are all the same.
As for a power option, they do have a 6 AA battery case that replaces the original battery.
I use it along with rechargeable batteries just fine.
See it here
You can use the programming cable and the free CHIRP software to program in local emergency frequencies.
This link may be of use to you as I believe you are currently in the US...
http://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/

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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by helicopilot » Sat Jan 02, 2016 4:43 am

Thanks Denob. Quick question regarding the AA pack: I've read there is a voltage issue (6x AA = 9V) and that putting all 6 batteries would prevent you from transmitting. Have you experienced this? Perhaps you just put in a "dummy" battery?

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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by Denob » Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:03 pm

I've never had that issue, but I can't recall ever using alkaline batteries.
Rechargeables are 1.2 volt X 6 = 7.2volts.
I can't see there being an issue with a slight overpowering though...It just doesn't work that way.
All electronics will accept a certain amount of variation.
In regards to the Baofeng battery packs, go for the 6 AA case, instead of the 6 AAA case...you'll get more mAh that way.
Also, If you get the programming cable and use CHIRP...always use the most recent version of the software...older versions can cause issues especially when copying from one radio to another.

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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by dollyndrew » Thu Mar 24, 2016 1:50 am

This is an area where we have all the gear but no idea. DH is going to do his Ham licence so you can count us in when that step is accomplished.

RU Really - we need you.......

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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by wookie » Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:55 am

no doubt!

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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by Hilltopprepper » Thu Mar 24, 2016 9:03 pm

Is there actually a organized net?

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Re: Ham Radio Network

Post by The Island Retreat » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:37 am

Count me in!
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