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New To Radio / Re: Baofeng
« Last post by CroPrepper on March 02, 2018, 01:09:46 PM »
Baofeng released amps for HTs

Via TapaTalk

Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« Last post by caulktel on March 02, 2018, 10:17:32 AM »
I would love to get one of these but am not a member of any of Steve's groups and don't think I could pull it off before they are all sold out.

Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Re: Yaesu 817 vs 857 / 5W vs 100W
« Last post by CroPrepper on March 02, 2018, 09:12:07 AM »
I found an interesting test about the power consumption. But I am still suspicious about 5W and the reach. The guy says he only could reach 600km away stations.

Radio Reviews, Questions and Comments. / Yaesu 817 vs 857 / 5W vs 100W
« Last post by CroPrepper on March 02, 2018, 08:48:52 AM »
I want to get an all in one radio as soon I get my license.
I like that 817 a lot, its small and great for backpacking and camping obviously. Also, the small current drain is really appreciated. The only thing I am worried about is the 5W of power.
Hows the practical experience using 5W? Can you reach distant stations easily or is it really dependent on the atmospheric conditions?
Does the additional 95W make a huge difference that justify hauling double the weight and size on the radio + 1 x 2-3kg battery in the backpack?
I also read somewhere the 817 has a built in antenna tuner and the 857 doesnt.
Because I will most probably buy only one radio I dont want to regret my decision so I am asking on practical experience.
Technical Corner / Re: New Steve Weber Project.
« Last post by gil on March 02, 2018, 04:37:47 AM »
I got one! Woohoo!

Steve still has 24 left. They didn't sell out, so he is willing to ship them worldwide.
There is also a new group on

Antennas / Re: Mobile VHF/UHF Verticals -- The Diamond Supergainer and You
« Last post by NCGunDude on March 01, 2018, 11:56:39 AM »
I've never found a decent mic to use with the baofeng HT's, so I got a BTech (same company) dual band mobile.

Love nmo mounts, but currently using a mag.

Check out the BTech mobiles.
New To Radio / Re: Baofeng
« Last post by Jon_Garfio on March 01, 2018, 06:53:13 AM »
I have UV5RA and UV3R+, both work Great.

Only the uv5r has a issue, It works with a negative gain antenna, and if you fit a better antenna the receiver saturate It and no Rx.

There is a post about it in a Spanish's has forum. The receiver was built to work with negative gain antennas.

However the new UV3R+ has not this problema, It works very fine with Retevis, Nagoyas and also log periodic antenna.

Note, the uv5r has as a option a USB cable to Charge throught solar pannel, the uv3r+ comes his cradle  with USB.

Anyway, 25 for this kind of rigs id a crazy dream.

Enviado desde mi Redmi Note 4 mediante Tapatalk
Digital Modes / Re: FT8 digital comms mode
« Last post by gil on March 01, 2018, 05:06:58 AM »
What's needed in a prepping digital mode is something that can be left unattended and save messages... Winlink does that, but unfortunately only exists on Window$. It is also not that simple to use. I don't know of any other mode that could do the same.

Antennas / Re: The Marvelous 10/20/40 Half-Wave End-Fed Antenna.
« Last post by gil on March 01, 2018, 05:01:07 AM »
It does work on 15m too, but with a bit of a high SWR.

New To Radio / Re: Baofeng
« Last post by CroPrepper on March 01, 2018, 04:03:41 AM »
Considering the topic title is Baofeng i'll post my issue in here.
I got an UV5R and an BF F8HP (from I noticed that the F8 is scanning much slower through the saved channels than the UV5R. The UV5R is in general much faster in scanning. I don't understand why? Apparently the F8 has a new generation of hardware, did they screw up?
All in All the UV5R seems built in much better quality than the F8 that costs 3x the price of the UV5R
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