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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

2023 Update: Since I wrote this answer, there's been quite a bit of FCC enforcement (on importers, not amateurs), and as a result, most new Baofeng radios sold for amateur use in the US in the past ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

They are legal to use, but only on the amateur bands. (Of course, you'll need to get a license first). There was a lot of debate on whether they were legal, but the FCC finally stated that they were. ...
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What is the appropriate length of an antenna for a handheld on 2 meters?

These antennas don't always contain a simple straight length of conductor, but rather usually have coils of wire inside, so the actual physical length doesn't mean that much. They are designed so that ...
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Were there any 6m handhelds produced ever?

The Yaesu VX-5R had/has 50-54 MHz FM, 5 watts. Nice compact little radio! The VX-7 and VX-8 can also transmit 5 watts FM on 6 m, and 1 watt AM. None of the 3 will transmit SSB. It had a little ...
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Can larger antennas damage an HT radio?

A larger antenna shouldn't damage a handheld radio. In a quiet area, it will make its receiver more sensitive, and it will radiate more power when transmitting. Try to keep a receiving antenna away ...
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How to do APRS in real wilderness?

So you want to broadcast your location using backpack-portable equipment from deep in a narrow valley hundreds of miles from civilization. I'll assume that you would also like the ability to get a ...
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Can larger antennas damage an HT radio?

A larger antenna can mechanically damage an HT if it is physically supported by the HT (it can stress the connector on some designs), but if it's on a feed line instead it shouldn't matter. Besides ...
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In-house repeater?

The simplest way of accomplishing your goal doesn't require a conventional and expensive repeater system. It's completely passive (no electronics needed). Put a Yagi on your roof pointed at the ...
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Can larger antennas damage an HT radio?

No, it will likely improve reception because the HT antenna is severely compromised and done all the time in mobile applications to use an external antenna.
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Are there hand held radios for both Amateur and CB?

No, there are not, because it is not legal to have a radio that can transmit in both CB and amateur radio bands. To be legal, CB radios must be part 95 type accepted. The FCC prohibits a device to ...
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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))?

SSB phone requires good frequency stability to be intelligible. Anything over 10Hz of frequency difference between transmitter and receiver and the signal starts to sound funny; beyond 50-70 Hz of ...
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Radio manufactured in United States

Motorola is a US-based manufacturer that makes handheld VHF/UHF transceivers, but they are intended for business and/or government use. Many models can be programmed for amateur frequencies though; ...
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How to read ID-51A GPS logger data

This is standard NMEA data format. The GPS is configured to provide the following NMEA strings: GPGGA, Essential fix data, time, location, quality of fix, altitude GPGSA, Dilution of precision and ...
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Bf-f8hp radios and no idea what I'm doing

From what I can tell, the BF-F8HP is very similar to the UV-5R. These links may help answer your question. licensing a group of BaoFeng BF-888S Can a Baofeng UV-5R+ be used on FRS, GMRS, and MURS? On ...
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How Can I Remove a Password From a TYT MD-UV390 (Non-GPS)?

I contacted the seller and am still waiting on a satisfactory reply. HOWEVER, I did seem to find a workaround. Thanks for everyone's response! Remove Password MD380/90 1. Go to folder the CPS is in (...
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is KPA100 a good amplifier for Yaesu Vx-8Dr

and welcome to ham.stackexchange.com! Sorry, but the Elecraft KPA100 won't work at all with the Yaesu VX-8DR. The VX-8DR is a handheld that runs on the 6m/2m/1.25m/70cm bands; the KPA100 works on ...
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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

Since one aspect of amateur radio is "home brew" ... anything that transmits a "suitable signal" in an amateur band operated by a licensed amateur radio operator, is legal. The key part of the "...
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Sharing radios with other people

Hams communicate with each other on behalf of other people. An amateur radio operator license is required for someone to act as control operator for an amateur radio station. A non-licensed person ...
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Increase transmit and receive frequency of handheld transceiver

Yes. You're looking for a transverter that will take RF from one source (your radio) and treat it as if it were an IF stage into another system. Here is an example. Obviously, you'll need to take care ...
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How can an HT antenna be half wave?

Judging by looks, it's a half-wave element with an autotransformer at the base. Nagoya says the antenna is 15.3 inches in length. Taking measurements from a photo, the bottom 2 inches is in that fat ...
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Squelch never seems to "open the gate" on Wouxun KG-UV9D

I'm not familiar with the exact behavior of that model of radio (and the manual was not very helpful), but a possible explanation in general is that you have CTCSS/DCS squelch enabled, and the ...
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How to do APRS in real wilderness?

Apart from matured and highly reliable commercial satellite-based services, WSPR can be another 'DIY/experimental' alternative for broadcasting your location from wilderness. See examples for balloon, ...
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Yaesu FT-60 Battery Life

The FT-60 manual says the battery pack is a NiMH pack ("FNB-83 (7.2 V, 1400 mAh)"); so, as we usually use 1.2V as the nominal voltage of a single NiMH cell, a pack of 6 cells in series. You'd usually ...
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Radio manufactured in United States

Are there any USA handheld ham radio manufacturers? Sure, I found the below link by simply searching using my favourite search engine. You may consider RELM Wireless [Edit 15-Jan-2021] It seems that ...
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Personal communication device during blackout

Given your criteria of Handheld transmitters with a 30-50km range, it would be difficult to do so reliably in a city environment. Here's why: Lots of buildings are going to obstruct your signal and ...
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Distance of Received Signals

The earlier iterations of the Chinese radios had their issues. This has gotten notably better in the last year or two but people largely dismiss minor issues since they are so inexpensive. So it could ...
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Why are 2m and 70cm the common frequencies on HTs?

History and tradition are good choices of words, yes. Historically, they have been the most popular bands for mobile work; the antennas are small enough for a vehicle and many repeaters have been ...
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Why are 2m and 70cm the common frequencies on HTs?

Worthy of mention is that 432MHz is a harmonic of 144MHz, meaning that the antenna can be much simpler; if it's (electrically) an odd number of half-waves on 2m, it's also an odd number of half-waves ...
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Were there any 6m handhelds produced ever?

Wouxun KG-UV7 is available in 2M/70cm (UHF 420-450 MHz) 2M/1.25M (220 MHz) and 2M/6M (50-54 MHz) frequency ranges.
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