Baofeng UV-6R Review (Ham radio / walky talkie)

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Problem with the Nagoya Antennas is that you are more likely to get an underperforming fake than a legit one. I even got a fake from Amazon (not a 3rd party but Amazon directly!)

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So how long is the distance ? 2 miles ?

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Sorry to revive this old thread but is any HAM still active in this forum? I am new to the amateur radio hobby and wouls like some advice.

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Just finished my Technitian course today and I am taking the test on Monday, General course is nezt Saturday and then test on following monday. When I get my call sign I will provide it Smile

What handheld and mobile unit do you recommend? Thanks in advance

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I haven’t bought a new radio in going on 20 years, at which time all of us hang glider pilots were getting our licenses and 2-meter HTs, mostly Yaesu/Vertex.

At this point to get more involved in radio, I’d look up what my local ham emergency response folks are using and match their setups.

https://www.google.com/search?q=florida+ham+radio

Search for NALCO/ARES in your area. Odds are they’ll be using 70 cm band radios, but could be 2-meter. Go to meetings, get to know the neighbors.

Your local area likely follows the national band plan: http://www.arrl.org/band-plan

Right now I’m working with a very local group using repeater-capable GMRS radios and a local repeater in a self-announcing (fire, earthquake) emergency response coordination arrangement.

There’s a heck of a lot going on out there, your local folks are your best guide.

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hank wrote:
I haven’t bought a new radio in going on 20 years, at which time all of us hang glider pilots were getting our licenses and 2-meter HTs, mostly Yaesu/Vertex.

At this point to get more involved in radio, I’d look up what my local ham emergency response folks are using and match their setups.

https://www.google.com/search?q=florida+ham+radio

Search for NALCO/ARES in your area. Odds are they’ll be using 70 cm band radios, but could be 2-meter. Go to meetings, get to know the neighbors.

Your local area likely follows the national band plan: http://www.arrl.org/band-plan

Right now I’m working with a very local group using repeater-capable GMRS radios and a local repeater in a self-announcing (fire, earthquake) emergency response coordination arrangement.

There’s a heck of a lot going on out there, your local folks are your best guide.

Thank you very much for pointing me to the right direction!

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Virtually everyone should have their tech license. They made it easy enough and the benefits are so great. Ham Radio is the #1 electronics hobby. It has no limits. If you want you can even launch your own satellite.

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lotrbfme wrote:
Just finished my Technitian course today and I am taking the test on Monday, General course is nezt Saturday and then test on following monday. When I get my call sign I will provide it Smile

What handheld and mobile unit do you recommend? Thanks in advance


Buy cheap handheld, use it some time and see if 2/70 suits you. Than you can buy more rigs or move to HF Smile
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Also check out http://www.arrl.org/ which is a useful source for a lot of information.
In recent news there, this:

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Outages Affect Receipt of Applications, FCC License Processing
08/07/2020

The Newington, Connecticut, US Post Office, which serves ARRL Headquarters, is without power, so ARRL is receiving little or no mail, affecting the receipt of amateur radio exam session paperwork as well as other mail and parcels. The outage is a result from damage due to Tropical Storm Isaias. In addition, the FCC electronic batch filing system was down for about 24 hours and did not process any license applications — amateur or commercial — during that period. The FCC batch-file system now appears to be operating normally.

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