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Potential newbie...looking for equipment suggestions

Post by techboywi » Thu Aug 01, 2013 7:48 pm

So.... I've been thinking of getting into ham radio (I've been putting it off for years) but I think it's about time. I'd like some suggestions for some *CHEAP* HTs for now. Since I rent, I probably can't put up an outside antenna. I'm within about 2 or so miles of a repeater though, so that shouldn't be much of an issue..

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Re: Potential newbie...looking for equipment suggestions

Post by awsherrill » Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:10 pm

Pretty hard to beat this for cheap...http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-136 ... Feng+UV-5R

If you get one, make sure you buy the programming cable (it's extra). The programming software that comes with the cable is useless, but there's a donation-ware program you can download that works great. It is definitely much easier to program this thing with a PC.

I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago, and it seems to be a pretty good unit for the price. I've had a Tech ticket for a few years but this is the first opportunity I've had to fool around with 2m/440. Now if I can just get a word in edgewise on one of the repeaters.

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Post by w9wi » Thu Aug 01, 2013 11:10 pm

Go to the hamfest at the Von Braun Civic Center in Huntsville two weeks from Saturday. (August 17th) You'll see everything that's out there.

There are a bunch of new Chinese companies blowing the doors off the market - Baofeng is one of them. I have a Wouxun which seems to work nicely as well.
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Post by BroadcastDoc » Fri Aug 02, 2013 6:04 pm

I second the Wouxun HT. I have one and like it a lot - the radio and accessories are pretty inexpensive and even though it's not the best performing HT out there, I think it's a pretty good value.
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Post by K9EZ » Fri Aug 09, 2013 6:32 am

awsherrill wrote:Pretty hard to beat this for cheap...http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-136 ... Feng+UV-5R

If you get one, make sure you buy the programming cable (it's extra). The programming software that comes with the cable is useless, but there's a donation-ware program you can download that works great. It is definitely much easier to program this thing with a PC.

I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago, and it seems to be a pretty good unit for the price. I've had a Tech ticket for a few years but this is the first opportunity I've had to fool around with 2m/440. Now if I can just get a word in edgewise on one of the repeaters.
What repeaters are you on these days? Some broadcast folks are over at KD4PBS 442.075 (with 20 million microwatts!!) on the old ch 22/New Clear Channal tower at 1400' :-D
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Post by awsherrill » Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:30 am

Haven't really done much talking...checked in once on the nightly net on the South Wake ARC repeater (145.21). Also spend time listening to the guys on the Johnston ARS machine (147.27).

I never hear much activity on the 442 machine. One of the TV guys downstairs at WLFL/WRDC takes care of that one. Hey maybe we should set up a sked :D

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Post by Shane » Sun Aug 11, 2013 10:30 pm

awsherrill wrote:I bought one of these a couple of weeks ago, and it seems to be a pretty good unit for the price. I've had a Tech ticket for a few years but this is the first opportunity I've had to fool around with 2m/440. Now if I can just get a word in edgewise on one of the repeaters.
We don't seem to have that problem in Omaha. Sometimes if the repeaters didn't come up occasionally to ID you'd think we didn't have anybody on the band at all. Didn't used to be like that. The loquaciousness factor has gone down considerably (except when a keyboard is in front of me!).
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Post by techboywi » Tue Sep 17, 2013 10:56 am

Just to update everyone on this. I took my first step into getting my license. Got a study guide for the Technicians Class test from hamradioschool.com. Just came in today.
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Re: Potential newbie...looking for equipment suggestions

Post by mrmodulation » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:22 am

MMM the BaoFeng UV-5,

I own 4 different models of the UV-5's and have sold 20 or more to both hams and CBers (Australia has UHF CB)
I purchased my first UV-5 over 3 years ago and from my experience they are a great little radio. I have not had one single unit both mine or ones I have sold fault
or give me problems.

To prove to my customers how well built these things are I drop mine into a bucket of water for 5 minutes while it is turned on
and then key up on the local repeater 3 years of mud, rain and dropping it off roofs and towers and I still haven't killed it :D

Try doing this with your yaesu, Icom or kenwood...

Got any questions about UV5's PM me

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