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#6658 Boafeng GMRS-V1

Posted by WQYA707 on 19 November 2016 - 10:04 AM

I have two of these radios and have done some preliminary testing. I am a ham operator, and a member of our local ARES/RACES and NET/CERT organizations.


Baofeng has taken their UV82 radio and repurposed it for GMRS use. UV82 accessories, including the high capacity battery and AA battery pack, all work with the GMRS-V1. The radios are pre-programmed for the GMRS/FRS and GMRS repeater frequencies, with the repeater offset already set.  The radio will also scan the ham VHF/UHF bands (there are approximately 100 channels available), has a FM radio, dual watch and the rest of the UV82 and UV82HP features. Advertised power is 1W/5W.  The radio is programmable through the keypad and CHIRP; I highly recommend the latter. 


Before testing the radios, I cloned one using CHIRP, and made some modifications, including adding the VHF/UHF emergency communications channels for my area. Note that the pre-programmed GMRS frequencies/offsets can not be changed and the radio cannot be programmed to transmit on any other channels.  The GRMS PL tones, channel names, power level, and scanner inclusion can be programmed. Programming is straightforward, as is cloning a CHIRP image from radio to radio.


In my test rig, I used an inline power and SWR meter and tested the units with both the stock antenna and a J Pole that that I with my VHF/UHF rig. 


VHF power: 2W/5.4W,  SWR (with J pole): 1.1 to 1.5 across the band

UHF power 1.75W/5W, SWR (with J pole)  1.1 to 1.7 across the band


Using the stock antenna, low power performance in an treed, hilly urban environment is, as expected, less than a mile. High power performance was between one and two miles. I need to do more testing, with a j pole and a whip antenna to get better numbers. I don't have a local repeater to test against. YMMV.


The audio is clear and undistorted. Features like dual-watch, two line display, transmit timer and scanning are handy to have, especially if you are used to using them on a ham HT.  If you have UV82 equipment, the ability to swap batteries, antennas and the like is terrific.  Scanning, like on all Baofengs, is usable but not fast and when scanning, the two line display does not stay synchronized.


What I really like about these radios, other than 5W, interoperability with the UV82 and FCC compliance, is they can be set up, the keypad locked so the unit can't be accidentally reprogrammed, and handed to someone without a lot of experience.  I am looking at them for NET/CERT team use and they will certainly become part of my family go bag.  And for less than sixty bucks, including charger, microphone and battery, they are a real deal.



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#9477 Finally ditched the mag mount and drilled some holes!

Posted by mcallahan on 17 April 2018 - 08:50 PM

Being one of the last cool Saturdays left before summer hits here in Phoenix, I finally got around to drilling and mounting some antennas on the roof of my 2013 crew cab F-150 4x4, 3.5 EcoBoost.  The truck has a sun roof which significantly limits antenna placement. With the sun roof fully open, I was able to place both antennas 12" from the rear of the roof to clear everything. Not ideal, but it works MUCH better than the mag mount I had been using.  Stretches of highway on my commute that were completely deaf to our local repeater when using the mag mount antenna I can now hit easily.


Here's the final result:




I picked up a Laird X-ACT hole saw from a local radio shop and it worked great.




Holes marked and masked - measure twice, cut once!




I got a great tip from a fellow AGRC member which was to put down a protective layer above the headliner when it was dropped down in order to catch all the mess from drilling and sanding; I laid down an old towel on top of the headliner before I got started. I used gorilla tape to keep the coax from flopping around, and ran both cables behind the rear passenger side airbag (super important!), down the rear pillar and under the door trim up to the center console.




Antennas installed - in the photo is a Laird QWD144 1/4 wave 2m on the right and a Larid BB4502N 1/2 wave UHF for GMRS on the left:




I also have a Larsen 150/450/800 on the front fender for my scanner:




I currently have a Uniden BCD996P2 and a Motorla CDM1250 installed in the truck; an Kenwood 2M rig will be in there soon:




Action shot!



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#9069 If someone was to ask you what it meant to be a...

Posted by n4gix on 17 February 2018 - 11:49 AM

Having an alternate means of longer range communications in times of duress or when commercial communications have failed for whatever reason.

I like that viewpoint. I also like your call sign, as it simply rolls off the tongue...

...unlike mine that's decidedly a tongue-twister! WQWU626

Folks are all the time asking me how I got a call sign with only three letters, 'cause all they hear is "WQW626. The last "U" is elided into the preceding "W" unless I enunciate the letters s l o w l y. :)
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#5570 Weekend tower work.

Posted by Corey on 10 April 2016 - 09:52 AM

Not GMRS but still UHF radio related and I know several other members own or service licensed part 90 systems. So I thought I would share a few photos from this weekends tower site repair on my business system. Last year I added this site to my Mototrbo IP site connect system, because of costs I cut a few corners and paid the price with an under preforming site. Today's project included installing the new repeater system, replacing the antenna, upgrading from 1/2 to 7/8 feed line and swapping out the 2' standoff for a 4'. Big thanks to my climber, he braved the 29 degree temps and completed the entire project in 4 hours. Yes that's him sitting out on the end of the 4' side arm installing the new antenna. I guess the side arm is now climber tested and approved! Not even with his 50 lbs of safety gear would you catch me sitting out there at 150'. I did some testing on the 50 mile ride home and the site is no longer under preforming. It has exceeded my predictions with15 miles of portable coverage, up from 2 miles.




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#10406 Happy Thanksgiving from the volunteer staff at MyGMRS

Posted by PastorGary on 22 November 2018 - 05:52 AM

We hope that everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving holiday. Please use caution if you are traveling - especially in areas of the US that are seeing abnormally cold temperatures and freezing precipitation.

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#9335 Need Advice For Purchase of Several Radios

Posted by FrankNY on 25 March 2018 - 12:39 AM

Steve, as already mentioned by Jones, I would suggest taking a look at the BTECH GMRS-V1, which has repeater capability.


The BTECH GMRS-V1 is FCC certified for Part 95A (GMRS) and is therefore legal to use.

If you want to learn more about this radio, Miklor, as usual, has a FAQ on the GMRS-V1.


The GMRS-V1 can be purchased through Amazon for $54.99 with free shipping, so four of them would run you $219.96, which is well within your $250.00 budget.


And if for some reason you happen to dislike the free CHIRP programming software, RT Systems offers its BTS-GMRSV1 Radio Programming Software.


The RT Systems BTS-GMRSV1 software requires use of an RT Systems USB-K4Y cable, which can be purchased together with the software for $49.00.


You could purchase four of the BTECH GMRS-V1 radios plus the RT Systems software and cable for an amount that's just slightly over your $250 budget and you would be repeater-ready for the future. If you acquire now radios that aren't repeater-capable and later wish to use them through a repeater, you would have to purchase new radios.

Good luck!


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#9221 Midland MXT400

Posted by cateyetech on 11 March 2018 - 10:19 PM

Yes we do and yes we do  :D 

I bought a lightly used one a few weeks ago and we installed it in my son's pick-up truck,

with a Browning WSPBR10353 magnet mount and a BR-176-S 450-470mhz 5/8 wave 3Dbd gain antenna.

He runs on Medium power and makes a great connection with our base/repeater.

It has a good clear Rx & Tx (even with our 5yr old granddaughter with the mic) and has a easy to use menu.

They only use the radio for talking to our family group, so it is kept keys locked on one freq set.

Hits our station like a hammer!!! anywhere around town and  it's hilly around here  :) 


It provides clear and uninterrupted (12v truck power) conversations with my son on his way to work and evening conversations with my granddaughter 

after school (pre-K) on her ride home.  :wub: 


So yes I love it!!!

And it is a great GMRS radio, but like all of the rebranded to 95 conformity GMRS only units it is very basic compared to unrestricted units.


I would recommend this as a good mobile unit.


How about you?  :ph34r: 

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#9092 Need Help Using First Radio For Event

Posted by mcallahan on 19 February 2018 - 06:51 PM

will I get flagged by FCC during the 3 days I need it?


Being realistic, there is minimal possibility of causing harmful interference and obviously the FCC won't be sending jack booted thugs thru the door the second you key up.  But considering this is a GMRS forum, nobody here will help you use any radios in any illegal fashion, on GMRS or any other band.  The bottom line is that there is no scenario where you can use those Retevis RT5 (re-branded Baofeng UV-5) radios on the GMRS band (with or without a license) and be in full FCC compliance, as the radios lack the proper FCC type certification. 

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#8525 Family use of callsigns.

Posted by Jones on 12 November 2017 - 06:06 PM

My family uses unit numbers, but not very often. Names work just as good.


In my family; my wife and I, and our oldest son are all hams.  Our 2 younger sons are not hams. (yet)


What's funny is that our youngest son takes this GMRS identification business more seriously than any of the rest of us.  I will call him on GMRS as: "Hey Mike, it's Dad, copy?"  He will respond with: "This is WQYM-Five Four One, unit 5 to unit 1, go ahead Dad."

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#7330 How to get pesky disrupter off air?

Posted by quarterwave on 11 April 2017 - 11:54 AM

A couple of years ago there was a Doctors office near me that was using GMRS. I set my simplex repeater on that frequency and PL for a few days...after that, never heard them again. I guess having to hear themselves repeated back all day was annoying! Imagine that. 

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#7300 New to GMRS. Setting Up a UHF Repeater

Posted by quarterwave on 04 April 2017 - 10:21 AM

I ditto on turning the power down. 20/25 will do as well as 40 in most cases, as the higher the tx power the more chance of drowning your input, even with dupexor (unless you are spending $3,000 on it, and even then I have turned them down to necessary power only. 


When I worked for M we had a customer that used a 25 watt mobile for 2 way and phone interconnect, and 2 HT600 portables, but her repeater antenna was on a 500 foot tower she owned. We had the repeater all rigged up blowing A/C directly into it, as she liked to use that phone for 20-30 minutes at a time, and it was an R100 repeater! We had it set down to get about 2 watts out the antenna, and it had great coverage, more than she needed.


Input path to the repeater will determine the usability in most cases not power out. Too many guys have CB mentality, not what you need.  

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#6844 Boafeng GMRS-V1

Posted by a0008550 on 27 December 2016 - 09:47 AM

I got mine in late November and have used it occasionally.  No problems so far.  One thing I noticed is how quick the stock battery charges - 2.5 hrs. 8.2 volts.  I left it on (scanning) for several days before it needed recharging.  I put up a quick and very 'amateur' Youtube video up on Nov. 25.  I'll probably do another video later when I get a better cam.



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#6835 Boafeng GMRS-V1

Posted by Dahwg on 26 December 2016 - 09:58 AM

I've spent the last 2-3 days playing with the V1 I just received.  I don't have equipment to test the actual wattage this thing is putting out, it does have an option of selecting Hi/Low power on a per-channel basis, and the simplex channels are all set to low power by default whereas the duplex channels are set to High. There is however, nowhere in the manual nor on the radio itself that specifies what High TX power vs Low TX Power actually is.  That said:


I found the build quality to be far superior to a typical bubble pack radio, however short of the ICOMS I own (F21GM and F4TR1) and the Motorolas I used back in my days as a paramedic (Big bricks that could be thrown, full force against a brick wall and still keep going).  Overall I think this thing could take the beating of normal wear and tear, but I doubt that it would stand up to hard core duty on a daily basis.  Still for ~$55 it's hard to beat.  


Simplex transmission is clear and loud on the receiving end, the supplied rubber  duck is good enough, but I swapped it out with a Nagoya 701C and the difference was undeniably noticeable.   In fact, with the 701C, I was hitting a distant repeater much more consistently and on the RX side, I was receiving weaker signals than I was able to do with my ICOMS which ARE 5 watt radios IIRC.  I don't know if it is the wattage or the fact that the 701C is tuned better than the antennas on my ICOMs, and in the end I can't tell you if this is legitimately a 2 or a 5 watt radio, but I would be just as comfortable talking through one of these in an emergency as I would my ICOMs.


Programming from the keypad is not difficult, but getting the programming cable and doing it via chirp would probably be easier.  Everything is selectable and modifiable except that you can only TX on the GMRS frequencies. Tones can be programmed directly from the keypad and you can program additional channels VHF and UHF bands for scan-only operation. The one problem I had is that I could not program my local NOAA weather channel.  I can switch to VFO mode and enter the frequency and receive the signal, but when it came time to saving the frequency to a channel, it would not do it.  Any other frequency seems to save without a problem except for that one.  


I haven't had it long enough to comment on battery life but they do take the larger BL-8L 3600 mah battery that you can get for the uv-82 HP's


One thing that surprised me was how compact this radio is.  It is tiny and I am seriously considering the larger battery just to make the thing more substantial.   


Hope that helps.  I'd be glad to update this later with more info if anyone is interested.  I know there was a lot of curiosity about these radios.  For the price of a pair of bubble packs, this radio has been a real pleasure to use so far.  

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#65 A Word of Caution - Posting Personal Info.

Posted by PastorGary on 04 April 2013 - 09:06 AM

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#5900 GMRS and MDC

Posted by n4gix on 17 June 2016 - 06:28 PM

Trust me, 5 measly watts isn't going to make any practical difference in performance. If 45 watts won't work well, neither will 50 watts. :lol:

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#5625 Must family live with you to operate under your license?

Posted by ASRM on 17 April 2016 - 07:25 AM

I sure wouldn't want mine living under my roof.

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#4917 Policy: Member Advertising Prohibited

Posted by WQEJ577 on 19 January 2016 - 06:36 PM

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It's come to my attention that a few members may be posting advertisements for their business in an aggressive manner. For example, they may not be interacting with the other members in a productive way, only pushing their products or services.


I think it's a good time to enact a new policy for the forums whereby member advertising is prohibited without written consent from me, the owner. I don't mind a simple signature line that includes your company name, but I do not want to allow posts that are advertising your business. We cannot be held responsible for these posts and we certainly do not endorse any companies other than our approved advertisers.


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Our moderators Gary, William and Scott, as well as myself, reserve the right to edit or remove any posts which serve as an advertising platform that isn't approved by me. This serves to protect the other members as well as myGMRS and its parent company, RepeaterFinder, LLC.


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#10139 Responsibility of Repeater User vs. Repeater Owner

Posted by Hans on 19 September 2018 - 04:02 PM

We both know the non-identifying Part 95 repeaters haven't been shut down because the FCC doesn't care about GMRS enforcement. If enough repeaters pop up that do violate their new rules, they might just start issuing fines. It's free money for them.

I really don't think that is likely. The number of new non-identifying shared GMRS repeaters that would have to crop up and the number of complaints that would have to make their way through the FCC machine makes the odds look slimmer than slim. Barring something very interesting happening in the radio service, I don't foresee even close to enough licenses, let alone those that put a repeater up, being held between now and the death** of GMRS.

(** I'm not stating that GMRS' demise is right around the corner; rather, meaning whenever it croaks, for whatever reason.)

The wording in Part 95 is remarkably unambiguous compared to Part 90, partly to ensure manufacturers produce radios with consistent feature sets. It describes exactly who is authorized to operate a station under a given callsign, exactly when to identify, who's responsible when rules are broken, and describes the special type of station use that occurs when someone authorized under one license operates a repeater authorized under a different license. The rules make identification requirements clear, and the definitions for the terms in the rule necessitating identification are all defined in Part 95 itself. I still haven't been told which part of my interpretation is wrong, I'm mostly just reiterating definitions in Part 95.

I agree. The rules, at least to me, indicate that a GMRS repeater can skip ID only when the repeater is held by cooperative ownership of multiple licensees under a written agreement where they all self-identify OR all users of the repeater are under the same license and all they all self-identify. Of course, I left out grandfathered licenses.


I'm not really concerned about the FCC because they pretty much ignore GMRS. The reason we probably won't open our non-id repeater, or will get an ID system in place before allowing it to be open, is because I don't want to hear whining from local radio nazis; most likely certain local amateur radio operators. They annoy me far more than the few lids.

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#9304 Baofeng uv-5r

Posted by jwilkers on 22 March 2018 - 10:56 AM

ok. So from what I can tell by reading some of the discussions on here, the uv-5r is not part 95 for HT even though i have a gmrs license? does this still stand if I use it as a base radio? I'm still green on these things so please be patient with me. I'm am trying to learn and understand so I can pass the right info to my family and friends. I have read through the part 95 rules but still a little confused. Basically I need layman terms.

No. You cannot use that radio at all on GMRS. It doesn't matter how you use it.

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#9215 Time Change -

Posted by PastorGary on 11 March 2018 - 05:00 AM

March 11, 2018 - I was up all night watching the British Military on TV moving all the stones at Stonehenge forward one hour... :D


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