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Questions tagged [ht]

Handheld Transceiver, or Handie-Talkie. A hand-held radio that looks like a large walkie-talkie, capable of transmitting and receiving amateur radio bands. Often can receive other bands as well.

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How do I have a full signal of noise on a handheld?

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 ...
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How Can I Remove a Password From a TYT MD-UV390 (Non-GPS)?

I just purchased a TYT UV-390 (Non-GPS) on Amazon. It arrived, I unboxed it and charged it and turned it on and it's asking for a password. The same goes if I try and read or write to it using CPS ...
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Were there any 6m handhelds produced ever?

Just of curiosity... Outside of kits/ham produced prototypes, Do you know about any commercially produced 6m handhelds? Should be technically feasible despite the fact that it would be more ...
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Motorola XT180 not charging

Some months back I bought a pair of XT180s and they've worked great. The problem is that it seems one of them was not charging all this time (I was wondering why the charging station only lit the ...
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Why are 2m and 70cm the common frequencies on HTs?

Why do most HTs have 2m and 70cm as the two bands? Is it just out of history or tradition, licensing restrictions, or is there something in the transceiver or antenna design that would make these the ...
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what frequencies can i transmit on without a license in NM? [duplicate]

thanks for the answer i love ham radios.
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Kenwood TH-D74 VOX on D-Star

TH-74D Why doesn't regular Vox work on D-Star? It only works if "Transmit when Busy" is turned on. Bad for interruptions.
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Distance of Received Signals

I received two UV5R plus radios a couple of years ago as a gift to use for hunting. I've never used them, but I now have time on my hands due to some medical issues so figured I'd play around with ...
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Yaesu FT-60 vs. FT-70

I'm looking at a getting a Yaesu FT-60 but have found that the FT-70 is priced similarly (add \$30-\$50). I'm having a hard time determining the key differences between the two. Reading up online, it ...
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Bf-f8hp radios and no idea what I'm doing

My brother just bought me and himself a set of bf-f8hp radios for setting up two way communication while we are on long motorcycle trips. Now, this radio seems like overkill and I don't want to meet ...
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Is it legal to use BAOFENG BF-888S 16-CH 400~470MHz 5W Walkie Talkie in India?

If not, what can be used as mode of communication for group trekking. It is very urgent and important Please suggest some better options for walkie talkies
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Yaesu FT-60 Battery Life

What is the least voltage the FT-60 can be operated at? In other words, what is the recommended voltage to change battery or charge? Menu item number 12 (DC VLT) shows the amount of charge left in ...
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Yaesu VX-8DE bricked after cloning. Any methods to revive it?

I seem to have bricked my VX-8DE yesterday after cloning it from a PC (using CHIRP) I was able to copy the data from the radio without problems. I edited it in chirp, then sent it back to the radio. ...
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Dual-band rubber duck gain on 2m vs. 70cm

Using a dual band "rubber duck" like the stock Baofeng antenna and/or the physically longer NA-771, which band will give the best results between two mountain tops given the same input power? ...
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Old Yaesu FT-470 HT audio feedback with external speaker mic

I have a generic external speaker mic with the two-pin connection (1x 3.5mm, 1x 2.5mm mono jack), which doesn't work with my FT-470 (no real surprise, figured I'd just mod it.) I've started the mod, ...
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What are the best APRS SmartBeaconing™ settings for different modes of transit?

There are a variety of websites that give sample SmartBeaconing™ settings – mostly for automobiles, but some for bicycles and pedestrians. I've tried several of these settings and had mixed results. ...
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Radio manufactured in United States

I am just beginning with amateur radio and would like to start with an entry level handheld transceiver. I would like to consider manufacturers based in the United States, but I have not found any. ...
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Personal communication device during blackout

Me and my family are expats currently living in Japan where earthquakes are very frequent. It is expected that a big quake is due and it may happen anytime. Recent big occurence was in 2011 and it was ...
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Yaesu FT60 to Android Phone Cable

A few of us have been experimenting with SSTV using HTs and Android phones. Acoustic coupling gets us P3 or P4 at best. Is it possible to build or buy a simple cable to connect the phone to the HT (I ...
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Building a headset for a Yaesu FT-270r

I'm trying to build a headset for my Yaesu FT-270r, which replaced a FT-250r. I had a working setup with the FT-250r. An electret microphone element connected to the MIC/PTT pin of the four-way ...
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How to do APRS in real wilderness?

I'm a relatively new ham (licensed a couple of years ago, occasional activity on 70cm and 2m, mostly repeaters). I'm looking to extend my ham experience and am interested in digital and packet modes. ...
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How can we determine what repeaters to use?

My wife and I are studying for our Technician class licenses. We are thinking about how we could communicate with each other while both of us are at work, she being in Oakland, CA and myself in ...
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Do I need I license to have these walkie talkies in Japan

I currently reside in Japan (not on a military base) and I have been interested in purchasing some walkie talkies. I found these on amazon JP Link and I was wondering if can I own something like this ...
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Squelch never seems to “open the gate” on Wouxun KG-UV9D

I just got my Technician's license a few weeks ago and I'm trying to figure out if this is user error or if I need to return my radio. My understanding of squelch is that when the received signal ...
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How to read ID-51A GPS logger data

I own the original Icom ID-51A. I have the GPS logger logging every 5 seconds to the microSD card. How do I view this saved track data on my computer? For reference, here's one of my logs (I know ...
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Connecting Wouxun KG-699E to computer sound card audio input/output

I have a Wouxun KG-699E and I am trying to connect it to audio connectors in a PC. Right now, I have connected it by this schematic (it uses Kenwood-type of headset connector) where instead of ...
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Baofeng UV82-HX charger problem

I am having problem charging my Baofeng UV-82HX HT. No sooner do I put up the HT on the charger, it starts showing the error lights - green stable, red flickering. I bought this off the shelf in Nov ...
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What are the dos and don'ts when it comes to retractable antennae for HTs?

I was thinking of getting a retractable antenna for my Baofeng UV-82 8W HT. I found a Nagoya NA771R. What are the dos and don'ts for using such a retractable antenna with a HT? Should it always be ...
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Baofeng not finding CTCSS tone

I have this Baofeng and I want listen to my school radios. The problem is that I want to find the CTCSS tone for the fun of it, but when I scan the tones on the Baofeng it cycles through but does not ...
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Are these walkie talkies legal in Japan?

Okay so I saw these walkie talkies on eBay that I want to buy but I live in Japan and I am not sure if they are legal. I did some research but couldn't figure out if they are or not. I am very much a ...
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Smallest / Thinnest UHF/VHF Mobile Transceiver under $100

I'm looking for the smallest/thinnest UHF or VHF two-way radio under $100. So far I've found: Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R (current solution) Baofeng/Pofung BF-888S (102m x 51mm x 11.35mm) KST K-888 (122mm x ...
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Does the ICOM ID-51A's repeater search work with non-D-STAR repeaters?

Has anyone tested the new ICOM ID-51A Plus with regular repeaters (i.e. analog)? I'm looking to quickly find the nearest repeater (and sign on with a PL code!) with like 1 or 2 clicks. Is that ...
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How can I send a voice message from my PC to HT radios?

I would like to know how to transmit a voice message from my PC by software, to my HT radios at a specific channel. My radios are Baofeng BF-A5. Do you know of software to deal with it?
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Baofeng UV-B6 transmits no audio

I have this Baofeng UV-B6 (the same as B5), and after using CHIRP a few times, transmission stopped working. In fact, it starts transmitting, but no voice is sent whatsoever — dead carrier. RX works ...
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Radiation pattern for a 1/4th wave 2 meter antenna used on 70cm

What would the radiation pattern look like if I used a 1/4th wave 2 meter mag-mount antenna on 70cm with an HT.
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Signal Range Test With One Person

I would like to test the range of my two HTs by myself while still operating legally. Anyone have any ideas of how I can accomplish this? The only way I could come up with was feeding audio into one ...
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Starter package? [closed]

What are some online resources that can be used for finding an HT package?
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HT programming software alternative to Chirp and RT-Systems

I have been using Chirp to try to program my Baofeng UV-5R but have been having one problem after another. I was wondering if there was an alternative to Chirp and RT-Systems programming software for ...
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Is using an HT and walking considered mobile?

I've seen many contests define mobile as something like being able to legally move and broadcast. Well, using an HT while walking I can legally move. Does this count as mobile contacts for a contest?
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How do I troubleshoot a Baofeng UV-5R that won't receive?

I have a couple of Baofeng UV-5R radios. I have a profile in Chirp that works great on one of them, and I foolishly pushed that profile straight over to a UV-5R without checking firmware versions. ...
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Using standard headphones with the Yaesu FT-60?

I just got a Yaesu FT-60R handheld, along with the MH-37A4B earpiece. After having it around for a couple days, I think I'd like to be able to connect standard headphones to it, so as to be able to ...
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How do I determine which HT antenna is better based on their very similar catalogue descriptions?

I'm considering getting an after-market antenna for my new 2 m/70 cm HT and am trying to decide which of the two antennas I should get. My primary reason for considering an alternative antenna is ...
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Is it possible to radio between America and India?

My friend and I want to see if we can Ham radio between San Jose, CA and Bangalore, India. We're beginners and are going to be using handheld radios. Are there any networks of repeaters, that could ...
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Are there any real advantages to an aftermarket NA-701 over the Baofeng stock antenna? [closed]

I have a Baofeng UV-5R HT radio that I have been using for about a month now and I really like it because it was very inexpensive and portable. It currently has the stock antenna on it and I have ...
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Options for family short range communication in an emergency

I work in an office building about 3 miles from my apartment. I live in a medium sized city in the US. I have thought about getting a pair of walkie talkies for communicating when the cell phone ...
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What is the expected microphone input voltage level of a handheld transceiver?

Ok, so I'm looking to inject some computer generated CW into a little handheld rig by wiring direct into the mic input line. What sort of voltage is expected on this input, are we talking uV, mV or ...
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Low Audio out from Kenwood TM-V71A on cross band repeat

Asking this for a web challenged friend: He lives in an HOA restricted townhouse, so no external antennas. He only does VHF FM, so it's not a big deal. To participate in the local nets he uses his ...
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What's wrong with 220MHz?

It seems like 220MHz is the bastard step-child of the amateur world. Every HT is either 2m or 2m/70cm. Some companies offer tri-banders, but they almost always add 6m (?!), not 220MHz. The only way ...
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What is body blocking, and does it work with a stock HT on a foxhunt?

I've heard that you might not need a special directional antenna to participate in a foxhunt, that some people are able to use their body to help determine the direction of a signal. How does this ...
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Is FM appropriate for foxhunting?

I'm thinking about an inexpensive way to create a foxhunt kit for youth groups, and am wondering if the cheap dual band HTs could be used. However, it occurs to me that FM doesn't provide any good ...