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>It is assessed that the technician responsible has radio modifying experience
The article says that the plane received it over it's "high-frequency radio", which is something the author may not be conveying correctly. "High frequency" (HF) is a defined range of frequencies between 3 and 30MHz by the ITU, but isn't typically used by airplanes.
Planes typically use VHF (Very High Frequency) frequencies between 108 and 137MHz. A $23 radio can broadcast in the 136-174MHz range, which just barely overlaps the airband. So it's entirely possible that someone did this with an unmodified <$30 radio.
If you plug the radio into a computer, you can flash the firmware to lock/unlock frequencies outside the range of labeled frequencies with varying effectiveness. If the broadcast was truly in the HF band, it would be a more expensive setup, but it's likely the author didn't realize there's different distinct bands and thus didn't ask for clarification.
It's $27 and prime eligible on Amazon.
From the reviews I learned its $15 to get your ham license to be able to actually use it legally on many of the bands it covers, and if you are licenced, you can legally request aid of provide information on emergency channels during a disaster...
This is actually super cool.
Question for those who understand this shit...
There's so much info out there does anyone have a link to a sort of comprehensive intro that covers main points and introduces the correct terminology in order to seek out further more detailed info effeciently?
$30 for such a useful device seems like an insane deal, and even if it ends up in the closet I'll have learned at least $30 worth of info about shit I'm currently clueless about, so win win...
Get a Baofung UV5R or similar from Amazon for about $30. It comes with a charger and if you set it up right it holds a charge for a good while. You will need a technician class licence from the FCC to transmit on it but it works great for hitting local repeaters on 2 meter and 70cm bands. I wouldn't bother with cb personally, the ham bands have further reach and repeater networks expand that across the state and even nationwide.
Edit to add:
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black) [link]
Also, get the programming cable and download chirp software to set up the radio with your local channels. There's plenty of tutorials on YouTube etc.
Amateur radio equipment used to be expensive and only available from specialist suppliers. Unlicensed users did occasionally use equipment illegally, but with the exception of CB burners, it was a relatively minor problem.
The availability of dirt-cheap HTs on Amazon is a completely new problem in terms of scale. If you look at the Amazon reviews for Baofeng transceivers, it's clear that a huge proportion of buyers have absolutely no idea that they need a license.
I don't think we need to go as far as verifying licenses at the point of purchase. I do think that sellers should be required to prominently state that the equipment is for licensed users only, and that use of this equipment without a license is a criminal offence. At the very least, unlicensed buyers of these radios have the right to know that they're breaking the law.
A Baofend UV-5R is what I have ($25 on Amazon currently). It's enough to dip your toe. You need at least a Technician license with the FCC to be able to transmit with it, though. I'm currently studying for that license.
Not in Texas, but I realized I have no form of communication if the power/cell signal goes out. Planning on getting my Technician amature radio license and a cheap ham radio. I saw a redditor somewhere post that they didn't hear about the boil warning and were just drinking the bad water. At the very least I'll be able to hear the weather and local updates.
A lot of hams poo-poo on them, but you can get a Baofeng HT for $24.
This is a first gen radio (3rd gen is $70), but I have this one and it performs as well as my Yaesu VX-5R, but it’s not as rugged. Of course the Yaesu was a lot more money.
As far as I know, it’s the cheapest ham radio you can buy right now, but it works.
You can get a two way radio and program it to listen to the local emergency services. Please spend some time learning about HAM radio, and how to use your device. You need a license to broadcast legally...
if you're really curious, you can get a Software-Defined Radio kit, basically a USB dongle that you can plug in to a computer. It lets you visually explore the radio landscape on a PC.
The BF888 is UHF.
But the radios for which the above mentioned USB charger is made are indeed dual band.
Baofeng UV-5r. $27 on amazon. I have two. And they are definitely dual band - otherwise I'm not sure how I have been using them to talk to people eon 2 meter this whole time...
Get a cheap ass Baofeng radio.
Add some decent earbuds that hold out the noise and listen to the radio chatter all night long.
OP my recommendation to you is to get a ham radio and add the repeater frequencies from the parks in your area. Then listen to the traffic during your free time. That will give you more a bit of insight into the life of a ranger day to day.
Sorry No! VHF and UHF are completely different frequency bands and no amount of tweaking will make one work on the other.
For an inexpensive ($25) dual band VHF/UHF radio see here:
That was in August. They received certification in November. They are part 15B certified and open on 136-174. Look at the FFC.gov link I posted... Here are some on Amazon for less than $25 shipped.
Below is an excerpt of comments I sent to a local ham-to-be for a similar question. I'd encourage you to find a local radio club and see if one of the folks would be willing to help you get on the air.
>The answer to your question is "it depends on your interests and budget." Most folks earning a technician license start out on the VHF/UHF bands, where they try to get on one of the local repeaters with a handheld transceiver. These radios will typically be in the 4-5W range. (There is one that claims 8W, but the difference is not meaningful; you'd be better off investing in a better antenna.)
Many hams start with a Baofeng UV5R, because the radio is inexpensive (currently $23 on Amazon). The quality is marginal and there are common problems, but if it gets you on the air and finding more things that interest you, that's a good thing. I had one as a backup radio that I was hoping to use for packet work (Winlink), but eventually gave it away to a friend who was starting out.
Buy a cheap handheld off of Amazon and do some research about your local repeaters. See when and where there are local nets going on (basically amateur radio meetups over the air with varying discussions in different topics) and listen in on them to see what the hobby is all about.
Repeaters are large radio towers that you can tune into, allowing your normal signal strength to be amplified greatly.
If listening in piques your interest even more, take your technician exam so you can start transmitting!
Sorry to keep bothering you, but would this work?
Includes receiving of 144Mhz. And is there somewhere that has a tutorial on how set it up to listen to my callsign?
I know this was a few days ago, but things have really changed in the cost area for HAM radio. Heck, I just picked up a new dual tuner, multi-band handheld for under $30 on Amazon. Quality Chinese radios from the likes of BaoFeng really changed the game.
I added $12 for the programming cable/software, and it already came with a LiPo battery. This thing can run for more than 24hrs on a single charge, to boot.
Yeah, for critical work, competition, etc; you'd want Icom, Kenwood, Yaesu, etc; but for someone just getting in to HAM? No contest.
They're cheaper than that on Amazon. Heres one for $25. Not sure how that relates to the price in Canada. I recommend OP starts here as well. You could get away using the included rubber duck antenna, don't think that it won't work. An aftermarket one will generally improve the radio, but the included one works. I made a lot of contacts with the bigger brother to this radio, the BF-F8HP. I had simplex contacts 100 miles away on that radio with a better antenna.
BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black) [link]
Yeah but you don't have to spend much at all to just put your toe in the water. Study for and pass the entry level technician exam (which is super easy, it's a memorization effort) and get an inexpensive 5 watt handheld that can reach your nearest repeater and you are on your way for well under $50. It's fun.
These Baofeng. Be careful though as they have access to the HAM frequencies which are illegal to talk on without an ARRL license. If you stick to the lower bands that standard walkies use its fine though. I can't remember off hand the range that walkies use but its easy enough to google them.
> Bring a burner phone.
I was just thinking, why not buy two war radios for communication needs at protests? unless you need to call for delivery pizza there's no need for a device vulnerable to a stingray.
Good day everyone!
I just have a quick question about the "accuracy" of the Tx frequency shown on a radio display.I'm planning to purchase the Baofeng UV-5R (Link below) as my first handheld transceiver.
I was wondering, if I select 453.212 MHz as my transmission frequency on the display, what frequencies am I actually transmitting on? Would someone on 453.213, 453.222, or 453.312 be able to hear my transmission?
In other words, what is the accuracy of the transmitter?
Link to Amazon page for the UV-5R that I am planning to purchase. [link]
They're cheap as far as HAM radios go. If I lose/damage/destroy or otherwise mangle my Baofeng radio I could really care less.
Well, it won't be illegal to order anything under the regulations, nor will it be illegal to have them shipped to you. I don't think this would be a customs issue at all. Customs doesn't know whether each item has received approval for sale, just as they don't know if the CE, UL , FCC, etc. markings are valid on devices.
The onus would be on the seller, they would be breaking the rules, but the item itself would not be illegal to possess.
There are already tons of items that have dodgy approval markings on them. Customs doesn't care. They are interested in finding contraband, not figuring out whether device A, with this certain chipset, was approved for sale, while device B, with this other chipset, was not.
For instance, this radio makes you a criminal the moment you hit the transmit button on certain bands. It is not part approved for communications on HAM frequencies, and you must possess a HAM license to use it if it was part approved. It is sold on Amazon and is hugely popular.
And if you are a ham you can use repeaters to increase your range greatly. Many have backup power, so your handheld ham radio could access the repeaters when power is out.
You can get an ok VHF/UHF ham radio handheld for under $30. [link] You need a license, but you could get that by studying for a couple of days and paying under $20.
you can get the UV-5R on amazon for $24.
I have one, and it works well enough. it's the radio you get when you first get started and aren't willing to sink money into the hobby yet. they're also ok as backup radios in case your main radio runs out of battery power.
that being said, I'd pay a little for a filter you can screw between the radio and antenna that cleans up the signal.
You could listen in with this. I'm sure there's hardware and software to decode the text and image transmissions.
You need a license to transmit on it, though. I highly recommend getting the license!
The plain UV-5R. It is compatible with more third-party/extended battery packs, or things like a battery-eliminator.
The UV-5R was my first HT, but now that I've upgraded I use it as an APRS transmitter (paired with a Mobilinkd)
Amazon for $30 right now (BF-UV-5R)
The normal price for a 5 watt UV-5R on Amazon is $3 cheaper with free shipping.
This is that you are looking for. :)
It's a baofeng handheld of some sort -- probably a UV-5R. You can legally receive on them without a license, but you need an amateur radio license to transmit on them -- spesifically a technician license (or above) in the US.
Walmart still uses non-digital walkies. so a cheap Baofang radio off amazon and 20 mins finding the PL tone they use = so much cheap fun.
Buy a Baofang and 3.5 adapter. Cheap earmuffs and you’ll be set. Don’t rely on cell service. You’ll have a bad time.
Electop 2.5mm Male to 3.5mm(1/8 inch) Female Stereo Audio Jack Adapter Cable for Headphone [link]
Mpow 035 Noise Reduction Safety Ear Muffs, Shooters Hearing Protection Ear Muffs, Adjustable Shooting Ear Muffs, NRR 28dB Ear Defenders for Shooting Hunting Season, with a Carrying Bag- Black [link]
I got a UV-5R and listened in for about a month while I got my licenses, then just upgraded to an Anytone 878. My thoughts: get a UV-5R like this one
And this programming cable
I know the cable is expensive but it’s the only one that works. You could even get an antenna like a 771 if you want. All in that’s about $45, and more than enough to get on the air. Use that to figure out if you like the hobby, then upgrade to an radio in the $200 range if you want. You almost definitely don’t need 8 Watts, and if you do you shouldn’t use a cheap Baofeng for it. With that said, I probably never would have gotten into this without my UV-5R so I think it’s one of the most important and best things to happen to Ham Radio
Baofeng UV5r is $30 on amazon with base charger. Get the usb programming cable, though, it's infinitely easier and you can clone configurations to multiple radios quickly and easily.
Apparently it's $23: [link]
The ham whisperer is a great resource though. You could get one uv5r and a few 40 channel radio's and program them all the same, then have the uv5r to actually tune channels.
The Baofeng UV-5R blows everything else out of the water at its price point of $24: https://smile.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual-Radio-Black/dp/B007H4VT7A
You might want a different antenna, but otherwise it works great. Splurge for the programming cable if you don't want to manually dial in frequencies, but it's not totally necessary. Not sure if it would work for police scanning or not, but should be easy enough to check. I doubt it, though.
I love my UV-5R...
Just find the data cable and use chirp to program.
These Baofeng UV-5R are an excellent choice. Not sure why they are $40 as usually these fluctuate $20-25. You will need to brush up on Canadian regulations though as in the US these are programmable in such a way as to need a GMRS license. But they are also programmable for FRS freq. and lo power use. I would suggest a better antenna and the programming cable. Wow, all of the prices have jumped in 2021. If you have some time I'd set price alerts and buy when prices dip.
All that to say I have these and they are as good as you are going to get on a budget for what you're looking for. IMHO.
Lol you can buy that radio for $27 on amazon. It's pretty much the cheapest programmable radio you can buy
I was looking for this response! We still do, because, what else would I call it? We do use HT an handheld, and some old fucks still say “handie talkie”.
Also if anyone is interested getting a ham radio license and callsign is super easy, the hardest part is that you actually have to go somewhere to take a test, but studying for it is a matter of playing around with the flash cards on hamstudy.org and reading up on some basics on how radio works.
Getting a radio is easy, Amazon has the Baofeng UV5R dirt cheap radio, the greatest innovation in ham radio in the past few years. Lets you listen and talk locally, and isn’t too hard to program from watching a few YouTube videos and guides. Bunch of options for getting better antennas too that will let you get some better range and do some fun things with satellites.
Hit up /r/AmateurRadio and see what you can do with ham radio!
I just ordered my direct from Baofeng for 24.98. Baofeng has a Amazon Store Setup. Here is the direct link: [link]
1 or 2 day free shipping with prime
As of right now:
* UV-5R on Amazon - $23.40 USD
* BF-F8HP on Amazon - $62.89
So if you want a reasonable no-frills HT: Go with the UV-5R because you can't beat that price.
If you want an HT that has a bit more features & the option of more power: Go with the F8HP. Even at $60ish it's a good price for an HT.
On BaoFeng's website you'll see the F8HP listed as the "UV-5R 3rd Gen", so it's newer.
Correct. Ban is on “dual band radios” which basically means a device that has walkie talkie frequencies (FRS & GMRS) along with HAM frequencies, aka baofeng radios.
I’m assuming once the inventory is gone, they’re done selling these in states legally.
They’re pretty cheap on amazon, $25. Get them while you can. Probably be there for a short while. Then maybe on eBay.
I recommend chirp software and a usb cable for it to program channels.
I also highly recommend the abree folding antennas on amazon. I have the 42” ($20) and it works awesome.
You can get hand mics that are nice when you attach to a carrier.
I would just buy this with the extras for $37:
Could have whole set up for sub $60.
(This is a pretty popular set up. Characters in latest COD have the baofengs with hand mics and foldable antennas.)
Would something be like this pick any of that up?
dude, for $24 it is hard to go wrong with this [link]
here is a slight variant for a few bucks less [link]
and one for a few bucks more
Just a friendly reminder that the FCC Technican-class amateur radio license can be had for free. It requires only a 35 question multiple-guess test and a "D" (75%) is a passing grade. This will allow you to legally transmit your $25 Baofeng UV-5R (or variants) on any of the amateur frequencies where it will transmit.
A $25 Baofeng is probably the cheapest way to get in on that.
Just be aware that you get what you pay for, and they can be considered deficient compared to proper superhet designs.
I use BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black) [link]
Cheap and powerful. Just needs a little setup.
UV5R, old reliable, in an M4 mag pouch.
Here is the list of parts:
Shoulder Mic: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00Z4X3MM6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Programming cable: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00HUB0ONK/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Large battery: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B013WPA6YO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Cable I used to move the antenna: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0744FZ93R/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Quick disconnects (Experimental): https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07T8LMHHQ/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s05?ie=UTF8&psc=1
From Mic to Headset: https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B01H1P2VRG/ref=ppx_od_dt_b_asin_title_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
It's pretty budget and I'm still experimenting with it. So far my only thing is with the quick disconnect. I feel it makes that connection to long and could end up damaging the antenna port on the radio. Without the quick disconnects its a much closer connection and I don't have to worry as much about bending it and breaking it. Other than that you just have to program it with channels and you're all set. There are some good videos on youtube that I watched to find out how to program it and use it. Hope that helps.
Do you have gear already?
Are what I have as of now and was listening to some people way up north this morning. Research over the past few days led me to these.
Just a few comments on this as a ham radio operator but also one that focuses on EMCOMM or emergency communications more than the hobby stuff.
First and foremost, the cellular networks are very similar to the freeways in that there is limited capacity. If there is an emergency most people will dog-pile the phones/data networks calling family or friends to figure out what is going on and if they are okay. This means in short order that during those moments when you need information you probably won't have it or worse you will be at the mercy of social media for "news" and heaven help you then. I cannot stress this enough, many of us are not psychologically prepared for the fire-hose of daily information we received to be suddenly turned off or attenuated.
Second, there were some excellent posts from a few individuals whose communities were without power in Northern California for days or weeks during those Public Safety Power Outages. Here is the best post in my opinion and its worth your time. (https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/dpevai/experiences_during_the_4day_power_outage/) They described the lack of situational awareness as truly unnerving whereas previously they were aware of most everything going on in their community, region and world and suddenly they were cut off from everything but their close neighbors. This sudden change back to the 1900's psychologically impacts people in ways that you would not suspect because our normal is hyper-awareness and super-connectedness.
Furthermore, and once again in Northern California, the local ham clubs ran "nets" or "info nets" where ham radio operators took turns keeping track of where you could get medical assistance, gasoline, propane, food, etc. They would check in with other operators and discuss the situation, see if anyone needed help or could be of assistance to anyone else. This community effort really made a difference. Once again the key here is that with the cellular systems down your information is limited or even worse, may only be what official sources are willing to tell you. These nets helped keep people informed and served to update and relay information, something that we all take for granted today.
Lastly, I would echo what many have already said, start with a Baofeng and if possible just a few items that I have listed and linked below
First the radios, and once again, Baofengs are just fine to begin with especially if you want to learn and don’t have lots of money to invest in the beginning. Trust me on these, 8 watts about 7 years ago easily cost about $150 for a crap radio and they usually pushed about 5 watts. These cover both VHF/Uhf which is the two most commonly used ham radio bands.
Cost - $23 on Amazon today
If you can work a spreadsheet you can use CHIRP which is free software to program a Baofeng for your local area with your repeaters. This is NOT HARD... If you can send an email you can program one of these radios.. Yes really.
Cost - $8.27
MagMount radio antenna -
Two of the best things in the world that stop/degrade VHF/UHF signals is glass and metal or vehicles. I kid you not transmitting through a pane of glass will degrade your signal significantly. Connect your radio to this antenna and throw it on the top of your vehicle and you will be amazed at the coverage (radio to radio) or (radio to repeater). This is really an overlooked aspect of communications that makes all the difference in the world. Also, if you are sheltering in place, you can stick this antenna on a baking sheet or pie pan on your roof or rain gutter, snake the antenna cable down into the house and you now can monitor and talk without being noticed by your neighbors.
Cost - $21.00
I would suggest 2 things for you to consider, first the Baofeng spare batteries cost $17.99 for the high capacity larger battery. While you are using one battery you charge the other and so on and so on. This is really the best option and it is how I have all of my radios/gear configured because one battery could be a point of failure. In addition consider purchasing one of those larger 10k to 20k Mah rechargeable batteries that would allow you to charge your radio battery several times.
Cost: - $17.99
The two links will be very helpful for programming any radio you buy:
[link] (just showing you how you can check the programming on your own store's walkies)
[link] (all of the minute details regarding programming walkies for walmart)
As far as Amazon recommendations, some people buy the UV-5r which is like $20-$25, but the big catch that it's technically illegal for you to transmit unless you have an operator license from the FCC, which entails taking an exam and all that. It's very unlikely that you would ever be caught by the FCC as long as you set transmit to low, but if you would, it would mean thousands in fines. I do use the uv-5r and have managed to successfully program it for Walmart's frequencies. Sometimes people can't hear me, and sometimes when I hear transmissions, the beginning of the message gets chopped off. But most of the time it's good enough for the job, if you can reconcile the stuff I said before.
Or you can choose the BTECH-MURS-V1, which you wouldn't need a license for because the radio itself is licensed. Then all you would need to do is program the walkie for your use. I haven't bought this one, but it seems like the cheapest properly licensed, worry-not-about-the-FCC radio for Walmart.
Or for $23 you can get [one of these](https://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual-Radio-Black/dp/B007H4VT7A/ref=sr_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=baofeng&qid=1592102657&sr=8-3) off Amazon.
You can purchase or rent the official easy to use race scanner/headphones here. Cost is $50 or $65 if you need two sets of headphones. You have the option between a radio scanner that lets you tune to the track PA or radio broadcast for play by play in addition to the driver channels or a Legend Fanvision which is a smartphone with the scanner feature with video coverage and stats. The radio scanner is live. Never used a Fanvision so no idea if it's live or has a delay.
Also you can buy your own radio/headset for fairly cheap on Amazon. If you're gonna attend races regularly it pays for itself compared to cost of rentals. These you program the frequencies yourself which is fairly easy but some folks not very tech literate feel is too much hassle.
If you want to test them out download the NASCAR app and purchase the premium/scanner feature which is cheap or might be free atm. Gives you the same functions as a scanner at the track but it'll be about 1-2min ahead of the cable broadcast.
I ordered this one from Amazon last week. Exact seller. Confirmed good radio. Real
Also on another note, I am not sure if anyone's touched on communications.
Cell service will likely be fucked due to the high amount of people connecting to RVA towers, I mean bring it per usual, but I would learn real quick how to use a small hand held UHF / VHF radio such as the ~ $30 Baofeng (price dropped since I bought mine a month or so ago)
Learn what channels you can transmit on (can listen on anything), aka. the FRS channels and MURS channels... I personally have then set to Low power transmit mode just to keep things immediately local
Also can look into getting a cord to hook your computer to the radio, making things 100% easier as the interface on the radio to program things is sort of clunky
Radio's aren't essential, but I mean I know commuting on 95 and even Rt3 in Fredericksburg, data pipelines can get extremely clogged very fast, and calls won't connect all the time. Using a radio circumvents all that stuff.
Can program the radio using the cord to have your first few channels as the family Radio Service frequencies
The Baofeng UV-5R transmits on two power modes, High power (4W) and Low power (1W) so keep that in mind. Using low power on the FRS would generally keep you out of trouble, even though if you went with high power mode, not many people would know or care I am sure... but I always roll with 1W , low power mode.
I think it would be beneficial at least for people all coming down as a group, at least for carpooling purposes (bus schedule has been set) to have a backup means of talking to one another, say if someone gets separated, goes to the bathroom and can't find the groups spot otw back, etc.
This is the best solution I have found. Both PTT's have a "helmet" mounted button that is easy to use while flying (without letting go of the brakes).
UK Intech PTT (high quality German PTT)
Parasupply PTT (medium quality Chinese PTT)
Here's some more info:
Checkout /r/amateurradio, as well as the ARRL website, which has a ton of helpful "what is" and "how to" info. They act as the primary membership and advocacy organization for ham radio.
Find a local club here: [link]
Broadcastify and WebSDR are some ways to listen to ham radio via the web, and the low-cost RTLSDR USB dongle or a Baofeng UV-5R radio are some cheap ways to start listening to the RF spectrum in your area.
[link] is the best way to study for your license, which has free practice exams (pretty much all you need to pass is rote memorization). Otherwise you can read the free No-Nonsense technican class guide or buy a license manual from the ARRL.
Finally, find a test session here and get on the air!
I'm new to this subreddit, and I'm sorry if this is a dumb question. I live in a rural area in Virginia, and my in-laws live 10 miles away as the crow flies, with heavy woods inbetween. I'm wondering if there is a good entry-level radio that I could purchase via Amazon Prime one-day shipping to let us communicate if there is a power/internet outage. Specifically, I'm looking at these two radios:
Motorola radio pair
Would either of these accomplish what I'm trying to do? I'm happy to pay and get licensed after the storm, just looking for a last minute solution. ��
This is definitely what ham radio is made for.
You didn't talk about the terrain or the area you need to cover, but for local stuff a simple VHF or UHF setups cover that.
If simplex can't cover it often repeaters go unused like in my area, and can be happily used like I do from my basement 10 miles away with a handheld radio. I've heard of people using it over 30 miles eaily with a mobile setup.
If that doesn't cover it I do know a few people that do HF mobile, but I don't have much experience with that. It has some challenges, but is similar to a mobile VHF/UHF setup.
Look for local clubs, and see where repeaters are. Get everyone licensed; general if you want to do HF stuff for fun later, but IMO just go as far as you can as the license is for life as long as you remember to renew it. HT Boafangs are pretty cheap to get started with, plus at least one programing cable to use with Chirp software, then some better antenna can help too.
A mobile setup is similar I'd say to a CB one. You have a unit that you put in your car and then have fun trying to mount the antenna (drilling vs magmount). Universal radio, DX Engineering, and Ham Radio Outlet are common places to buy equipment.
I'm looking at one on Amazon and is it really only 25 bucks? Or am I looking at a clone/knockoff?
The one thats recommended on reddit all the time is the UV-5R for ease of use.
I personally use the BF-888S because 6 + USB cable for $70 is a hard price to pass up for my group of 5. The BF-888S just needs to be programmed once before hand.
Even easier, they just bought one of these $25 bad bois: [link]
Yep, 25 bucks no excuse.
Second this, most milsims ive gone to require a radio to enter the field. [link] this is the style of radio you'll encounter most in MILSIM.
Baofengs start at around $25.''
EDIT: Actually reading OP's post reveals the reasoning behind my statement.
any thoughts on this one? [link]
UV-5R, small axe, 3/8 socket set, random pipe, water bottles, tow strap, mosquito repellant, hi-lift jack with liftmate, moving blanket, tarp, paracord, aerokroil
if I had to pick three things it would be the UV5R, blanket, socket set, paracord. see what I did there?
I couldn't fit my solar rig in a backpack but you could power it directly from a panel and only use it in the sun Anan10e 7-band Dipole vhf uhf with one of these to hook it to the computer. It's hard to find docs for nix but hpsdr works. you'll love TAPR.
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You made a super-awesome and useful gift, but you know a Baofeng radio isn't that pricey . . . and look it will ship in time for Xmas!
Awesome! Thanks for the input. I ended up going with a pair of these.
One of these could of help you find it next time. [link] then you can use a uhf radio to find it [link]
I'd go with a Baofeng and one of the Nelson antennas.
That's $50 there.
For non-business chit chat, I say go ahead and get your amateur license and build a portable radio pack of sorts so you can quickly set up the radio in your delivery vehicle.
I'd suggest starting with a Baofeng radio, mag mount antenna, and a battery eliminator (plugs into a "cigar lighter" socket).
That will get you started. You will probably have to talk through a repeater, but that's OK and is where most local contacts will occur aside from planned simplex chats. From there, encourage your friends/coworkers to get their license, too.
Battery Eliminator: [link]
I looked into the UV5R series and I think I might go with the original. What do you think?
The Amazon page says they have stopped selling it because there is a problem with either the radio or their description. Any idea what that might be?
Is this it? [link]
Yeah, this radio is probably the most popular starter radio. That works on the 2M band which has a range of a couple miles. There are a lot of repeaters in the 2M band, though, if you live near a big city in the US. Many are networked with other repeaters, too, so it's possible to talk with people all over the US via 2M.
In general, ham radio is for whatever you want it to be for. In terms of practical uses, it's used for communication while on the road (similar to CB), communication in disasters/emergencies, or communication while hunting/camping/hiking. It's also used for more casual purposes to talk to astronauts on the ISS or to chat with other random operators in other countries across the globe. Global communication requires use of a lower frequency than the 2M band, though, so that sort of thing isn't possible with a handheld. Many people also have fun building their own antennas and tinkering with radios and that sort of thing.
Most ham radios have a scan mode, but they are terribly slow. Mine is barely faster than one frequency hop per second. If you want to stay up on traffic/police events and that sort of thing, you're better off with a dedicated scanner or hitting the CB frequencies. Also, in my area the emergency services have switched to a digital trunked system, so there's no way to pick it up with an analog radio. It's still possible to listen to digital systems (as long as they aren't encrypted) but you need special equipment.
You can have a radio and listen/scan without a license. The only thing regulated by the FCC is the act of transmitting.
Be sure to check out /r/amateurradio
Here's a cheap way to check it out. Thank me later.
Cheap, Chinese, work great. Have 2 of them for years now and no issues.
So if I wanted to start out cheap would this handle work with a repeater? [link]
Baofeng Radio is pretty much THE brand for amateur and ham radio nowadays. ([link])
There are also a few amplifier and audiophile part makers, like Topping, that are considered on-par with western brands.
Then there's also Xiaomi and One Plus.
Huawei is so good that they've pretty much killed off the company they copied from (Nortel).
WeChat is on-par if not better than WhatsApp and Line.
Can't go wrong for 26 dollars and the amount of accessories available is crazy. Also they work great and get good range up to 15 miles with an upgraded antenna.
Why would semi-auto be a bad thing?... If we're talking about actually doing something anyways, semi is the way to go. Body armor and comms gear are easy and relatively cheap too. Hell, you can even get decent night vision for what I can afford working a minimum wadge job and being in school full time. Logistics is easy enough if you do a little planning ahead of time; say, about the time people are starting to talk about organizing a protest.