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I was given two Baofeng VHF/UHF radios for Christmas. Just wondering if anyone has had good/bad experience using these? Google reviews are a mixed bag.
 

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Yup. The Baofeng indeed rock! They’re good bang for the buck. Upgrade the antenna (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B016Q80GUS/?coliid=I28FFZOD7IBYEP&colid=3E1NDGDBS3TVN&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it) as a handheld unit though n get a speakermic
(https://smile.amazon.com/Baofeng-BF-S112-Two-Radio-Speaker/dp/B008RZ0EQ0/ref=sr_1_8?crid=GSZF49JPN98I&keywords=uv-5r+speaker+mic&qid=1573703095&s=electronics&sprefix=uv-5r+sp,electronics,202&sr=1-8).

Speaker mic makes life easier. While you’re at it get a mag mount external antenna
(https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00AR08MT4/?coliid=I2SIMRJI3D9N3X&colid=3E1NDGDBS3TVN&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it)

If you do this, you have 2 good sets: One as a hide-able mobile in your rig and one to loan or use as a walkaround handheld.

Get an amateur radio operator license as it’s illegal (except in true emergency) to use those Baofeng ht’s to transmit without a license. The technician license is quick, easy, n cheap. Study here (http://www.hamradiolicenseexam.com/?gclid=CKeXoImix68CFcIDtgodI0-dYA) n get the tech and general in one sitting. You can even get the Extra if you want. Google (your city) amateur radio n get to know the local ham community. They’ll administer your exam n teach you/help you learn and study. Ask them for an Elmer, it’s a ham radio mentor.

Also, consider getting a midland 75-822 cb n magmount cb antenna. Currently, I use a short President antenna
(https://smile.amazon.com/PRESIDENT-ELECTRONICS-MAGNETIC-MOUNT-ANTENNA/dp/B01IPXRQZA/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=1YG162N4A27HR&keywords=president+cb+antenna&qid=1573705505&s=electronics&sprefix=President+cb+,electronics,196&sr=1-2-spons&psc=1&smid=A36YHT1CK05Z2S&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUE1OUlSMkdSNTdLUk0mZW5jcnlwdGVkSWQ9QTAwNzAwMzZOTjE1TlU0MEhTUk0mZW5jcnlwdGVkQWRJZD1BMDI1ODE0MDFWMTNXUEwxOVI3WVYmd2lkZ2V0TmFtZT1zcF9hdGYmYWN0aW9uPWNsaWNrUmVkaXJlY3QmZG9Ob3RMb2dDbGljaz10cnVl)

but am going to upgrade to a Stryker
(https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B01MRA7U9Q/?coliid=I25DTZQ3LN7B83&colid=3E1NDGDBS3TVN&psc=1&ref_=lv_ov_lig_dp_it).
It’s base lights up blue when you key the mic!!!
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Very cool at night! I’m such a geek.

Anyway, with this idea, you can pop this antenna setup on/off for going through car wash or hiding it if in a questionable environment. If you’re in a wooded area, you can easily swap for either shorter, or longer, antennae depending on terrain n distance needed to communicate. Yes, some will argue wattage but I’ve never had a problem where more watts is better than more antenna. I live in the Southwest desert region with quite a bit of mountains and i do just fine with lower wattage as long as my antennae rock it right. So far, I find it to be useful to have a short n a long magmount antenna set up for my 2m/70cm ham and another one for cb for these reasons.

Here’s a pic of my old setup on my Big Blue Box, it’s a midland 75-822 w/speaker mic and a kenwood thf6a ham w/speaker mic. My 2 yellow Baofeng uv-5r are in that bag... The antennae are the short ham 2m/70cm and a firestick II on magnetic mounts. I get all over my local area and hit all of the repeaters with this setup. I have absolutely NO problems with transmission or receipt in town or on trails. Hope that helps!

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