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 #15555TN HomesteaderModerator
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 #15943kmussackParticipant
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.October 31, 2019 at 11:51 pm #45801GuardianParticipant
Communications will become crucial in the SHTF scenario. Getting a HAM license is a great idea and 2 meter handhelds which can connect to a repeater tower enabling long-distance communication would certainly be an advantage. However, very few people are currently HAM operators, so very few own radios or are about to study to get a license. The defense of a small community (think street or neighborhood with established borders) would be greatly aided by the communications capability of a simple, inexpensive two-way, rechargeable (solar charger) radio could provide. Repeater towers may fail if not powered, maintained or could be damaged. Proactively acquiring a number of inexpensive, but reliable two-way FM/UHF 5W radios would be a game changer. I have used and recommend “Retevis Walkie Talkie RT7 radios. Five of them can be purchased for as little as 55 FRNs on ebay. They are line of sight and can enable communication up to 1/4 mile easily. This would make it possible to coordinate sentries at checkpoints in a neighborhood watch. I suggest these as valuable SHTF equipment. There are lots of other applications they could be used for as well. John, they would be a good addition to the Prepared Mind Store. “Deo duce ferro comintante”.
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