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Old 09-07-2021, 10:15 AM   #1
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Or Walkie talkies. Hunting but hiking & traveling. Not afraid to spend good money on great stuff.


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Old 09-07-2021, 10:41 AM   #2
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Baofeng uv5r

plug in the free channels and you are good to go.

Tons of YouTUbe reviews on how to work them and a ton of aftermarket stuff to really get out there

or get the newr 8watts, as cheap as they are I have alot of them passed out to family and in vehicles
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:23 PM   #3
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Baofeng uv5r

plug in the free channels and you are good to go.

Tons of YouTUbe reviews on how to work them and a ton of aftermarket stuff to really get out there

or get the newr 8watts, as cheap as they are I have alot of them passed out to family and in vehicles



!! Are these things for real?! And under $30 bucks!! ??
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:32 PM   #4
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:35 PM   #5
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Baofeng uv5r

plug in the free channels and you are good to go.

Tons of YouTUbe reviews on how to work them and a ton of aftermarket stuff to really get out there

or get the newr 8watts, as cheap as they are I have alot of them passed out to family and in vehicles
Those look awesome. Not sure what you mean by free channels. How do you know what channels are free?
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:43 PM   #6
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Baofeng uv5r

plug in the free channels and you are good to go.

Tons of YouTUbe reviews on how to work them and a ton of aftermarket stuff to really get out there

or get the newr 8watts, as cheap as they are I have alot of them passed out to family and in vehicles
^^ this
We use these in our rock crawling offroad club. Excellent radio.
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:44 PM   #7
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Or Walkie talkies. Hunting but hiking & traveling. Not afraid to spend good money on great stuff.


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Aren't you in Taft? You can try mine before you buy. I am in Portland
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Old 09-07-2021, 01:51 PM   #8
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I have never found a pair that works good in the East Texas thicket. My current pair of Midlands I bought said something like 22 miles. I get about 500yards on a good day.
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Old 09-07-2021, 02:10 PM   #9
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!! Are these things for real?! And under $30 bucks!! ??
https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...k-menu-block-4


https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=2723

My son is 4 miles away and at night we talk clear as bell.

get you a good antenna NAGOYA NA-771

Lots of clubs have free repeaters you can log into... around dfw I can talk to a person in FT worth using free repeats on FRS/GMRS

Get a ham liscense and the sky is the limit.

We are prepared for the internet/wifi shutdown that will have folks going nuts in case it ever happens...plus you can listen to FM radio and police
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Old 09-07-2021, 02:19 PM   #10
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https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...k-menu-block-4


https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=2723

My son is 4 miles away and at night we talk clear as bell.

get you a good antenna NAGOYA NA-771

Lots of clubs have free repeaters you can log into... around dfw I can talk to a person in FT worth using free repeats on FRS/GMRS

Get a ham liscense and the sky is the limit.

We are prepared for the internet/wifi shutdown that will have folks going nuts in case it ever happens...plus you can listen to FM radio and police
Thank you for the information. If I read it correctly you do not have to have a license for the FRS channels? I am going to have to look real hard at these.
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Old 09-07-2021, 02:19 PM   #11
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Motorola is what the guides I've been around use.
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Old 09-07-2021, 02:22 PM   #12
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Thank you for the information. If I read it correctly you do not have to have a license for the FRS channels? I am going to have to look real hard at these.
Correct

GMRS and FRS are freq that you are good to go on...it is what we use exclusively.

Once you figure out line of sight and how just being 3-4 feet higher can help you will see the benefit.

I bought an inexpensive car mount (magnet) antenna and just stick it up...works great when I need to reach farther.
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Old 09-07-2021, 02:34 PM   #13
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Gmrs is a license. 70 bucks through the fcc. Just received mine a couple months back. It’s good for up to five family members.
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Old 09-07-2021, 03:02 PM   #14
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Aren't you in Taft? You can try mine before you buy. I am in Portland

Yes. Shop is. I live outside sinton. 361-739-2578. Call me.


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Old 09-07-2021, 03:02 PM   #15
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https://www.fcc.gov/wireless/bureau-...k-menu-block-4


https://www.radioreference.com/apps/db/?ctid=2723

My son is 4 miles away and at night we talk clear as bell.

get you a good antenna NAGOYA NA-771

Lots of clubs have free repeaters you can log into... around dfw I can talk to a person in FT worth using free repeats on FRS/GMRS

Get a ham liscense and the sky is the limit.

We are prepared for the internet/wifi shutdown that will have folks going nuts in case it ever happens...plus you can listen to FM radio and police

Nice


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Old 09-07-2021, 03:15 PM   #16
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Old 09-07-2021, 03:25 PM   #17
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Old 09-07-2021, 05:19 PM   #18
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How well do the earpiece and mic setups work for the Baofeng? Cell service is sketchy at our deer lease thinking this might be worth the minimal investment
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Old 09-07-2021, 05:52 PM   #19
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Holy **** a Breezy sighting. What's up oldtimer?
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:06 PM   #20
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Holy **** a Breezy sighting. What's up oldtimer?
lol...I felt like I was on the phone with royalty

TexasBob - as to the ear pieces...I have them but never used'em
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:25 PM   #21
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If theres a large group i’ve got (6) brand new in the box Motorola VX-261’s VHF radios that were sent to me by mistake. I called the company and they said to keep them since it was their mistake.
I’ll let em go pretty cheap. Tried to post an amazon link but cant get it to link since i have the app I guess. You can search amazon for motorola vx-261 vhf and find em.
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Old 09-07-2021, 06:31 PM   #22
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You have to look at the wattage you are transmitting with to stay legal with the Baofeng type radios.

With that being said I have several of them with different types of antennas. Good product.
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Old 09-07-2021, 07:24 PM   #23
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I started with a Baofeng 8 watt rig and paid the $70 to the gvt for the GMRS license.

That was cool for a while. Got a Midland 15w gmrs rig for my truck. That was nice.

Then I read more about amateur radio.

Got my Tech license last Feb

Punched my ticket for General Class back in May.

Made my first legit DX contact this July at Port A. 8800 miles to Australia. On 5 watts and a 65’ piece of wire with a little sparkplug antenna.

Tested and became a VEC and am working on ARES training. It’s a fun fun hobby and im working to start a radio club at school soon.

Lol…so be warned. Lots of us start out with a baofeng. Have fun regardless, but also make sure you know where you can and cant transmit. The FCC can and does monitor the bands and radio signals can be triangulated, so yes…they can find you . Plus I think its like a $10,000 fine for operating without a license. But tons of offroad clubs use FRS and especially GMRS. My fam all has baofengs and my GMRS call sign. I just programmed the radios with gmrs frequencies and they’re all set.

Also….you can monitor the VHF and UHF ham frequencies. Just don’t push the talk button

Have fun!
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Old 09-07-2021, 10:38 PM   #24
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Haha. Just chillin. Call sometime. Does Smart still own this thing ?


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Old 09-08-2021, 04:42 AM   #25
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You can get a programming cable for the Baofeng radio's. You can download Chirp programming software for free.

I've programmed a ton radio's for people

I've been buying the uv-9r radio's I normally keep a couple on hand. they are about $40-$50 each
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Old 09-08-2021, 07:35 AM   #26
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No sir....it was sold off to Covid and vaxx/anti-vaxx talk junkies
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Old 09-08-2021, 08:26 AM   #27
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If anyone in North DFW has the setup to program these, I've got two of the Baofengs that I'd like someone to walk me through and help me get setup.
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