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Are Baofeng radios illegal in the U.S?

The ARRL runs a booth at Dayton Hamvention since 2012 where people can submit their HTs to be tested for spectral purity. Over the years 2016-2019, 100% of the Alinco, Icom, Kenwood, and Yaesu HTs ...
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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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How do I troubleshoot a Baofeng UV-5R that won't receive?

I did a bit more reading, and it seems that the new version of the firmware meant I needed to use a different chirp profile. The solution that worked for me was to find a factory image from a radio ...
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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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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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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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Are there any real advantages to an aftermarket NA-701 over the Baofeng stock antenna?

Yes, the baofeng stock antenna is the worst antenna I have ever used. I have both. The range on my 5W BaoFeng UV-5R, with the stock antenna is about 3 KM with direct line of sight and no obstacles, ...
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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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Yaesu VX-7R clock is running very fast

Self-answering because I did not find this anywhere else, though in retrospect it was sort of obvious. I thought that putting it here might make this more accessible to future internet spelunkers. ...
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Is using an HT and walking considered mobile?

Insofar as there is an agreed-upon definition of the term “mobile” (and “portable”, which is closely related/confusable and so I'm covering it here), this is how I have most frequently seen the terms ...
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Using my Baofeng UV-5R to talk to walkie talkies

Before getting my ham license I used MURS on my baofeng with no problems because there is simply no MURS traffic in my area. If I were still an unlicensed operator then I would still be using MURS ...
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How do I determine which HT antenna is better based on their very similar catalogue descriptions?

Catalog descriptions are bogus. What they are describing are characteristics of monopole antennas in general, not either specific model. Clearly, they can't both be 1/4 wave antennas at the same ...
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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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How do I determine which HT antenna is better based on their very similar catalogue descriptions?

All other things being equal, a longer HT whip will outperform a shorter whip. The shorter length is probably because of a larger loading coil, which could result in loss. The gain numbers from most ...
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Using standard headphones with the Yaesu FT-60?

I've done some tests with what I have available (now including the CT-44 adapter). With the MH-37A4B Earpiece/Microphone connected, the internal microphone can still be used: whichever mic has its ...
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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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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 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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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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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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HT programming software alternative to Chirp and RT-Systems

How about the software made by Baofeng for the UV-5R? http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/UV5R-Software.php I have used it and works fine when you figure out how to put it into English mode. The instructions ...
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Starter package?

I am a new Ham (K7BED) and only transmitted for the second time, today. I want to say to purchase a low cost HT (such as a Baofeng UV-5/5R/5RA/whatever) but that was what I did and it was a waste of ...
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Does the ICOM ID-51A's repeater search work with non-D-STAR repeaters?

What do you mean by "regular repeaters"? Do you mean analog repeaters? I haven't found a list of analog repeaters built into the ID-51A, no. But I found this site that will give you the nearest ...
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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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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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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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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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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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