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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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What's a cost-effective way to boost the range of my cheap 2m/70cm handheld?

I'm a very casual/beginner level ham and as such have mostly avoided committing too much in the way of financial resources - I have a UV-5R for a personal radio, anything else I do I've used others' ...
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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 to handheld rigs transmit and recieve with just one wire ...
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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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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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Is there a disadvantage to using a cheap HT for APRS?

Looking to build a cheap (not even inexpensive, just dirt cheap) APRS beacon transmitter. Right now you can get a dual band handheld transceiver with rechargeable battery, antenna, etc for under $31 [...
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Using my Baofeng UV-5R to talk to walkie talkies

I have a few walkie talkies at home and sometimes I connect my UV-5R to them to talk to them and act as another walkie talkie. At one time, I built a little simplex repeater out of it. Should I not be ...
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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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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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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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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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How would I modify a satellite dish to transmit and/or receive to a Baofeng UV-5r plus? ( A handheld transceiver) If it's possible

I have an old satellite dish just lying around and was wondering how to hook it up to my baofeng uv-5r plus.
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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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What gain do I need to talk to SO-50 with my HT?

My HT has 5 W of power, a sensitivity of about 0.2 µV, and I would like to talk to the SO-50 with it. How much gain do I need in my antenna to make this work?
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How to improve VHF/UHF Baofeng UV-82 HT reception in vehicle

I have a Baofeng UV-82 dual-band (2m/70cm) HT with an SMA male connector for the stock "rubber-ducky" antenna. I would like to use it in my vehicle. I would like a high-quality magnetic mount dual-...
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Do I need a SWR meter for a basic 2 meter antenna?

I have a 5 watt 2 meter handheld transceiver and want to build a helmet with an antenna, microphone (with VOX enabled) and earpiece for the radio. For the antenna part, I just want to do something ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Mobile phone models that contain 2 way radio functionality

Are there any mobile phone models there that contain 2 way radio functionality?
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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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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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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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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 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 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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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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How do I evaluate the features and performance of radios?

A recent phenomena in amateur radio has been the influx of inexpensive handheld 2m/70cm radios from companies such as Baofeng. These claim to have the primary features like power output and frequency ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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 is the best battery type for replacing old NiCds in a Icom 2AT?

I broke out my 2AT after a number of years. The nicads in it are dead. What kind of replacement inserts should I be looking for? Nicads are so 1980s. What is the current 'best' technology?
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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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Is there a way to modify my Yaesu FT-60 to transmit on all 4 ham bands it can receive?

I have a Yaesu FT-60, and it can transmit on 2m, 70cm, and receive 1.25m and 33cm bands. I would really like to find a way to get it to transmit on 1.25 and 33cm. Is there a way to make this happen?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Starter package? [closed]

What are some online resources that can be used for finding an HT package?
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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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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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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 ...