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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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Versatile unlicensed use hand-held units

I'm doing a bit of research, as a newbie interested in a versatile walkie/HT to be used in Spain, mainly for mountaineering purposes. As far as I've read, it's possible to receive and emit in PMR446 (...
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Can larger antennas damage an HT radio?

Can adapting a larger antenna such as a Diamond X-50 or larger mag mount damage an HT radio? Would it overload the receiver?
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Entel HT880 Programming Help Needed

I'm a new HAM member in this awesome community, so please take everything with a grain of salt. First of all, I DO NOT want any CPS programs! Just wanted to make that clear. Recently, I've received a ...
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WTB: dual band HT that can adapt to assistive hearing devices

I am returning to ham radio after many decades away and Iʻm looking for an HT that will mimic my iPhone. My cellphone, via bluetooth, connects to both of my hearing aids (via a branded hearing aid app)...
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How can I display current memory (channel) contents on Beofeng BF-H6?

I cant program it with chirp - but that's a whole other story. I think I have programmed it manually, not withstanding hard factual errors in the supplied manual. But now I want to confirm I have ...
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Repeater signal drops at regular interval

Relatively inexperienced ham, starting to call into local nets. With two of the local repeaters the signal drops at regular intervals, approx every 15 seconds. I’ll have a strong signal and then ...
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Cannot connect Quansheng UV-K5(8) with programming cable

I bought a Quansheng UV-K5(8), and I am impressed by the audio quality, there appears to be a better ratio of signal to noise out of the speaker on listening, and it's a nice little radio, though with ...
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Wired RF connection without antenna

I’d like to build a radio system for use in underground caves. Wireless signals are nearly impossible to propagate in this environment, so I’d like to run long coaxial cable between each station. Are ...
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Creating a single feed wearable wire antenna

When I was deployed, our commo guys gave us wire antennas we could thread through our body armor (through the MOLLE loops). These antennas were just lengths of 50Ω coax that had the insulation ...
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How to disable STUN or KILL function in Chinese radios?

Many FM handheld and mobile radios employ "Stun sequence" and "Kill sequence" that can block the station TX or TX+RX functions after having received a specific DTMF code sequence ...
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In the TXQ G63 (aka MyDEL G63), what are Compander, Scramble, Frequency hop, SPEC, SPEC Code and Scan Add?

This is the software use to program the TXQ G63: I think I have a guess about Compander and Scramble, but I'm totally lost when it comes to Frequency hop, SPEC, SPEC Code and Scand Add. Do you know ...
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How can an HT antenna be half wave?

There's a model of HT antenna for the GMRS band by Nagoya (NA-771G) that's specified as a half wave. How can that be? An end fed half wave antenna needs a 49:1 impedance transformer to match with ...
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Do I need an antenna tuner for new mobile antenna

I am looking to buy my first mobile antenna, for use with a 2m/70cm HT in the car. The HT needs 50 Ω impedence. I was looking at this antenna, but another ham told me that I need 1/4 wave or 5/8 wave ...
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Extend transmit range of my HT

Based on comments and new information I have rewritten this question entirely: I need advice on a simple, inexpensive, and non invasive (no holes being drilled in walls) way to talk to repeaters in my ...
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What band did walkie-talkies use in Europe before PMR446 was allocated?

The PMR446 band, now used for walkie talkies in Europe, was only allocated after 1997. I'm sure walkie talkies existed before that. What radio bands did those use?
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How do I wire an external mic and speaker to the Yaesu FT-250R without using their adapter?

I'm trying to wire up an external mic with PTT and a speaker to my Yaesu FT-250R to basically use as a VHF base station when I'm not mobile. Unfortunately, I can't find anywhere a description of how ...
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Easy Digi PTT circuit with Baofeng or Kenwood HT stays on after transmitting on VHF

I got my Easy Digi all wired up correctly, believe me, it took a while because of this issue. I've ruled out the FTDI controller I'm using because I can manually activate the optocoupler but supplying ...
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Calculate antenna the length of an antenna for 477Mhz uhf radio [duplicate]

I'm very new to Ham radio and would like to know in simple terms how to calculate antenna the length of an antenna required for a 477 MHz uhf radio and or half wave or 1/4 wave whatever is better. I ...
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Yaesu VX-7R clock is running very fast

I just noticed the clock on my Yaesu VX-7R is running very fast. I noticed this a few days ago, where it would be days ahead. I would reset the time to the second and then, again, hours or days ahead. ...
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Whip/stub antenna sorting with SA using VSWR

I have an assortment of whip antennas for various RX & HT devices such as a 2M/70cm FT740, a Uniden race scanner 29-54Mhz/108-174Mhz/406-470Mhz/806-956Mhz, a similar Realistic Pro-32 scanner and ...
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Increase transmit and receive frequency of handheld transceiver

I'm new to the world of ham radio so this might be obvoius, but I have a Baofeng UV-82 which can transmit and receive up to 520MHz. I need to be able to transmit and receive on frequencies up to 1GHz. ...
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Baofeng UV-82 pcb component identification

Baofeng UV-82 PCB smd component burned (marked in yellow) but cannot identify the component number or type. Google search found this page with pcb image but its different version of pcb https://...
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BF-888 radios don't work with UV-5Rs on the same frequency

I play airsoft here in Quebec Canada, and I have 2 Baofeng BF-888s that I got a few years back. Now people are mostly using UV-5Rs. I used CHIRP to program my radio to the same frequency used by the ...
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How do I set up my radio for Echolink?

Need help in setting up the Kenwood TH-D72A for ECHOLINK. Cannot find if I need to connect to computer or some node through a local repeater.
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What is the appropriate length of an antenna for a handheld on 2 meters?

I want to upgrade the stock antenna on my Baofeng uv-5r for which I mostly use the 2 meter band. The quarter wavelength for this band is about 19.2 inches, but when I look for antennas, they are ...
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USA made handheld [duplicate]

I am looking for advice on new to HAM studies. I have a pair of FRS Motorola T800 walkie talkies and an old pair of REalistic TRC-215 6 channel, 5W, CB handhelds. As I read, and ask questions, a ...
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Cobra hand held 50wxst aftermarket antenna

I’d like to add an aftermarket antenna to my cobra HH50wxst to boost my range. My only concern is if I got a longer antenna, could it possibly throw off the SWR and damage the radio? I am totally new ...
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Dual Rubber Ducky antennas

Can I use 2 identical rubber ducky antennas with a splitter on my CB HT radio to improve range?
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Sharing radios with other people

I am thinking about getting my technician license. Recently, I saw a video from ARRL which said "Ham's also provide communication for events." with a picture of a marathon. My question is ...
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How does PTT from one two-way radio prevent input on another?

I'm very much a beginner with radio. I have a simple set of Baofeng BF-888S radios, and in my basic use with those, I got very curious about something: when you push the PTT button on one radio to ...
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How do I trigger hotkeys on AnyTone 878UV?

I've read the manual twice, and watched programming guide videos on youtube, but while I can program hotkey 1-6 just fine, I can't find how to actually trigger them. I found how to trigger the "Fun ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

Having a low price budget, my search for my first ham radio to buy has led me towards Baofeng. A quick Google search on baofeng showed a lot of results that said that certain model baofeng handhelds ...
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Handheld multiband radio for a ham firefighter?

I live half a mile from my volunteer fire station. We are toned out on a VHF frequency by a neighboring municipality, and we provide mutual aid for their fire department that is toned out on an 800-...
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Is it possible to show frequency and channel name at the same time on AnyTone 878UV?

On the AnyTone 878UV I can choose to display the frequency or the channel name or frequency (Settings->Radio Set->4 Ch.Name). But seems to me like there's enough screen real estate to be able to ...
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Optimal length of HT antenna for VHF UHF and diminishing return

I see folding antennas of various lengths that people are using for for their HT. My question is about the optimal length. I know it may "depend" on many factors so let me know if I need to provide ...
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Can Yaesu FT-65 be charged from a 12 VDC automotive accessory outlet?

I recently purchased a Yaesu FT-65 handheld radio and quickly discovered it had no 12 VDC power port like other handheld radios I've seen. The charging cradle uses a 12 VDC wall wart for power, and ...
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What are the practical differences between the different voice modes (and why aren't there any SSB Handheld Transceivers (HT's))?

It's my understanding that FM is used for UHF, VHF, and SSB is generally reserved for other bands. From my understanding, FM better audio quality when reception is good SSB: more efficient (can ...
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Kenwood TH-D72A and AO-91/92

I got a Kenwood HT and using it with the Elk Antenna On the radio, there is Tone and I set it to 67 Hz. I wasn’t able to break thru to the satellite and had it in Full Duplex mode. I can hear ...
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How can I manually programme these FRS channels onto my Baofeng UV5R?

I've been using Repeater Book to manually programme some repeaters in my area, up to fifteen miles. I later started programming some FRS, GMR, and MURS frequencies based on the CSV file that someone ...
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What is meant by CC 7?

I am seeing a repeater on RepeaterBook 444.8375 +5 MHz CC 7 Portland, Providence Portland Medical Center Multnomah WA7HAA OPEN ON-AIR I'd like to programme ...
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Why are no 2w FRS walkie talkies on the market?

I have read that the new laws regarding FRS radios state that you may use up to 2 watts power, yet I can't find a single 2 way radio that advertises 2 watts power; only .5 watt, or they don't state ...
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How to use HT microphone with two jacks (Kenwood connector) as a substitue for KX-3 microphone?

The original microphone for KX-3, Elecraft MH-3, is insanely expensive. What changes would be necessary to convert a cheaper speaker/microphone for a FM handheld transceiver? Is there any ready-to-buy ...
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Strong but unreadable signal received on 2m FM voice, transmitter less than 2km away. What could be the cause of the readability problem?

I conducted an experiment today using a prototype copper wire 2m dipole at a ground level base station (noted on images) and a FT2D HT with an SRH77CA antenna. I recorded my transmissions using a ...
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Does a UHF/VHF handheld transceiver kit exist?

I am a licensed ham looking for a UHF/VHF handheld transceiver kit. Unfortunately so far I was only able to find broken links, i.e. Ten-Tec used to produce exactly such a thing but they just don't ...
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Bad squelch on a TYT MD-380: user error or hardware?

I have a new TYT MD-380; it works well for DMR channels, but on analog, the squelch doesn't seem to open when it should. I'm relatively new to ham and my first suspicion is user error, but it's ...
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Is PC to Digital Radio possible, is there an existing solution?

Is it possible to setup up an interface from a PC to a digital radio that is able to communicate with a Hytera PD702 handheld (450-520MHz) or like type radio? Or are there off the shelf radios that ...
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In-house repeater?

At one time I was active in the local SKYWARN program, but then we moved and I find myself 10 miles from the local repeater. Given the various obstructions between it and me, I can't really hit it ...
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is KPA100 a good amplifier for Yaesu Vx-8Dr

I am interested to explore what a Yaesu VX-8DR radio can do and would like to add an amplifier to it. One of the AMPs that seems to work with a 5W input is KPA100, I am still doubtful how the Yaesu ...
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Are there hand held radios for both Amateur and CB?

Are there combo handheld radios for CB and amateur radio? If so, is it practical?
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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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