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Are there any antenna that can create disk like lobes?

The answer from a theoretical purist is probably, "No," because your diagram specifies zero radiation outside of the disk. Practically speaking, there will always be some radiation above and ...
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Baofeng UV 9R Handheld programming

Almost nobody programs Baofeng and similar radios by hand: too difficult, as you discovered. The thing to do is to get your hands on a programming cable and programming software. If you go to a ...
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Are there any antenna that can create disk like lobes?

Achieving such a sharp radiation pattern is difficult. There are many effects that can can cause the radiation pattern of an antenna to be less "sharp". Some of them can be fixed through ...
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BF-F8HP: "Radio did not respond" when trying to use CHIRP

For me I didn't have my radio cable fully pushed into my radio. It took some extra pressure and then it snapped in place. I had to press harder than expected.
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What are the columns URCALL, RPT1CALL, and RPT2CALL in CHIRP?

"MYCALL", "URCALL", "RPT1CALL", and "RPT2CALL" are used to program D-STAR channels in D-STAR-capable radios. Those columns should be left blank for analog FM channels. MYCALL is your own call sign, ...
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Pair of Baofeng BF-888s stopped communicating after reprogramming - what to do

One other setting for each channel that may be giving you problems is Duplex/Simplex. Make certain it is set to Simplex or equivalently "no offset". This feature, when turned on, causes that channel ...
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BF-F8HP: "Radio did not respond" when trying to use CHIRP

The most common error is not selecting the correct COM port for the virtualized USB cable.
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How can I tell if someone is mistakenly transmitting on a repeater output frequency, instead of the (offset) input frequency?

Some ways, roughly in order of increasing difficulty but also automatability: Most repeaters have a "courtesy beep" they transmit when their squelch detects the end of an incoming transmission, ...
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Why is CHIRP Truncating Names in my .img file?

The memory name display (and storage) on the FT-60 is only 6 characters. Your names will be truncated to that length no matter what. The names use a limited (LCD-friendly) character set that doesn't ...
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Manually program the ISS freqs and tones into uv5r without chirp software

Yes it can. Manual programming instructions can be found in the manual.
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I am trying to get the 800.00 frequencies on a Baofeng UV-5R

It doesn't do that. Depending on the revision of UV-5R you have, the highest receive frequency is either 470 MHz or 520 MHz. Either way it doesn't go up to 800.
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BF-F8HP: "Radio did not respond" when trying to use CHIRP

A lot of the USB programming cables are not supported by the new Windows drivers that are installed automatically -specifically those with the Prolific PL-2303 USB chip set. You 'can' sometimes use ...
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Are there any antenna that can create disk like lobes?

antenna that have disk like lobes The pattern of an antenna is never going to be disk-shaped (because the directivity is angle-dependent, not limited to a volume). But: an omnidirectional antenna (...
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Cannot connect Quansheng UV-K5(8) with programming cable

Solved: You have to push the programming cable plug end into the UV-K5(8) super hard it almost feels like it will break, blue light, turn on radio, 2 minute fix after hours of pain. Works beautifully ...
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How can I manually programme these FRS channels onto my Baofeng UV5R?

There are online instructions and YouTube videos on how to program a BaoFeng radio -- it's the same for all or almost all of their HT models, so if you find instructions for a BF-F8HP, for instance, ...
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Programming VHF To CB

CB or its close relatives fall into the HF frequency range (covering somewhere around 26 to 28 MHz, depending on country), so anything that accurately calls itself a VHF radio will not transmit (and ...
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Brand new BaoFeng BF-F8HP -- how to save settings in a channel memory?

If you insist on manually programming the radio, this 10-minute YouTube video should help. The programming description begins about 4:20 into the video, but I recommend watching the introductory ...
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How do I set the "tone" in my new BaoFeng BF-F8HP?

See Appendix B of the User Manual. BaoFeng calls these "CTCSS" tones, more recently referred to as "PL" tones. Page 67 of the manual describes Menu 13, which allows you to set the value of the sub-...
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BF-F8HP: "Radio did not respond" when trying to use CHIRP

Another common error is related to their quality control. I had a unit (UV-5R+) that wouldn't work, like that. Contacted the seller and they sent me a new "body" - and it worked. So in a case where ...
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Yaesu memory programming - skip vs. select vs. off/blank? FTM-100/400 series

It seems on at least the FTM-400 series, there is a use for this. You can set the scan mode to "all mem" or "select mem": in "all mem" mode, the radio will scan all of the programmed channels, ...
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How can I tell if someone is mistakenly transmitting on a repeater output frequency, instead of the (offset) input frequency?

Some repeaters filter the CTCSS tone. If that's the case, then if you detect one, then it isn't going through the repeater. Some repeaters use a different tone on the output than on the input...also a ...
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How do I trigger hotkeys on AnyTone 878UV?

Just starting out here I currently don't have the rep-points to upvote his post, but I think that N3CAN is exactly correct. Regrettably the so called HotKeys on the Anytone 878 and 578 just seem to be ...
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How can I find the input port for downloading my radio information?

The program is asking you which serial port you're using to connect to the radio. If CHIRP's list is empty, then you probably have no serial ports because the drivers for the virtual serial port chip ...
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Help setting up my Baofeng UV-5R radio for scanning

There is a very neat programming aid called CHIRP which can be used on the UV-5R and similar radios from B-Tech/Baofeng. It allows you to type up a spreadsheet on your computer with all the pertinent ...
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Why does CHIRP report "Frequency not supported"?

That frequency is not within the specified range for this radio, which is documented as 400-520MHz in the UHF band.
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Why do I want an authentic FTDI USB-232 chip? (Shenanigans)

Why would I want an authentic FTDI chip for technical reasons? With the FTDI-supplied silicon containing several bugs already, my wild guess is that cheap knockoffs are really bug-ridden. The ...
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Motorola Maxtrac Programming with windows 7 and DOSBox

It has been my experience that using true DOS (not DOS box under Windows) seems to work the best for older Motorola radios. I use a Windows XP era laptop with a built in serial port (which is ...
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How can I tell if someone is mistakenly transmitting on a repeater output frequency, instead of the (offset) input frequency?

It is highly unlikely that the station transmitting on the output of the repeater will have exactly the same signal strength as the repeater transmitter. Simply monitor the signal strength of the ...
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Can I use the BF-888S programming cable on the UV-5R?

Yes, it's compatible. According to baofengradio.us, the compatible models are UV-5R and UV-5R V2+ BF-F8+ and BF-F9 V2+ UV-82 and UV-82 V2+ BF-888S and the ATR-22 997-S With that ...
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Embedded Message on Zastone ZT-X6 / WLN KD-C1

An embedded message allows you to leave a user defined artifact in the memory of the radio that can be recalled by the programming software. This can be used for things such as to identify the ...
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