Tagged: Baofeng BF-F8 Ham Radios
- November 5, 2017 at 10:17 pm #15449
Got my Baofenf BF-F8 radios this week. Reasonably easy to use (I’ve never used Hams before). I was able to communicate over 2-miles in a suburban environment with stock antenna. I ordered upgraded antennas but have not tried them yet. Also recommend getting the USB programming cable and downloading “Chirp” programming software.November 9, 2017 at 7:17 pm #15555
Oliver, once you get the upgraded antennas, let us know how it goes and what type you got.November 9, 2017 at 9:15 pm #15559
The antennas I purchased are the Nagoya NA-771 15.6″ Whip VHF/UHF (144/430Mhz) antennas. They had good reviews. I also just got a cloning cable which allows you to clone the radios directly from one radio to the other without the need for the computer. I think it was about $7. Both ways work, but I didn’t want to rely solely on the computer transfer in order to do it. I will let you know how it affects range once I’ve had a chance to do so.November 12, 2017 at 12:21 pm #15628
Another helpful site I found is http://www.radioreference.com . This is a database of repeater stations all over the country. Highly reccomend you search and print out all the information for stations in your area, surrounding areas, and any areas you think you may have to travel through/to if you have a bugout location.November 21, 2017 at 12:31 pm #15943
Whenever communications is discussed by Preppers there’s always “That Guy” who says get your Amateur Radio License.
I guess its my turn to be “That Guy”.
To non-HAMs I’ve got to say; you don’t know what you don’t know. So study and test and get at least your General license so you can use long range radio gear. You’ll learn a lot and come to really KNOW the topic of radio communications.
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