I'm new to ham (although I've had a license for a long time) and I'm having issues with receiving on a basic handheld. I have a cheap BaoFeng UV-82HP and I keep getting full signal noise at random times. I have gotten this on different channels in different locations. When I'm not getting the noise, I get clean and clear transmissions.
The unit is a battery operated handheld, so I don't have to worry about power input.
I have tried three different antennas including a rubber duck and they all have the same issue. I assume the rubber duck doesn't need grounding as it is very small and not really ground-able.
I assume that means that means the noise is a defect in the radio?