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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How do Handheld antennas work without ground?

Dipoles have the 2 wires going to each leg of the antenna completing the circuit. Big AM towers use the second wire as a ground plane But how do handheld rigs transmit and receive with just one wire ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...