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HAM radio for beginners

Discussion in 'Sports, Hobbies & Interests' started by Cutter_, Jan 26, 2018.

  1. Jan 26, 2018 at 9:35 PM
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    Recently picked up one of those handheld Baofeng radios. I’ve entered frequencies I’ve found in my area on radioreference and repeaterbook, but when I try talking with the PTT button, I don’t think that they can hear me. Any other HAM users here
     
  2. Jan 27, 2018 at 11:52 AM
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    Double check whether those frequencies are repeaters or not. If so you need to be able to use duplex. That requires setting an inbound and outbound frequency.
     
  4. Jan 27, 2018 at 11:58 AM
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    Also keep in mind handhelds have a much shorter range. If you're a long ways from a repeater it may not hear you at all.
     
  5. Jan 27, 2018 at 10:45 PM
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    Did you enter anything other than a plain frequency? If not you won’t actually be using the repeater. Most repeaters have a specific frequency offset and tone that needs to be set in the radio. For example, the repeater I normally use up here broadcasts on 146.880 but transmissions into the repeater are on a -.600mhz offset, meaning when I key up my radio is transmitting on 146.280. Most repeaters also use a tone setting to ensure that any random user broadcasting on the repeater input frequency isn’t rebroadcast.

    I set my Baofeng up using Chirp software and the programming cable available on Amazon.
     
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    My problem is I’m not completely familiar with this new Baofeng interface and inputting these settings into my radio.
     
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    Are you able to walk me through setting transmission offset on my UV-5R?
     
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    I've never used that handheld. But it sounds like you'll need the owners manual and need to set it up for Duplex if it is capable.
     
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    yep..
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    OP did you ever get this figured out? What antenna and wattage are you using on your UV5r?

    If your on 70cm (430.000 MHz – 440.000 MHz) you'll have to be closer to the repeater, if you're on 2m (144.000 MHz – 146.000 MHz) you can be a little farther away. with my BF-F9V2 I was hitting repeaters 19mi away but I think my radio has a little more power than yours and I have a Luiton antenna.

    Also do you have your License?
     
  13. Oct 19, 2018 at 5:05 PM
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    The stock antenna on those leaves much to be desired... an upgraded antenna will make a world of difference.

    If you have the cable for it, and using chirp, you will make life a lot easier with programming.

    Also second the license question
     
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