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  1. there is a tiny torx/allen screw inside the hole.. just loosen it and you can then unscrew the antenna. If you are certain there is no setscrew there, then you should be able to just unscrew the antenna. Ive done it with both my GM-30 and my Tidradio TD-H5 which is basically the same thing.
  2. Doesnt seem like a horrible idea! My only question would be how does the shrink-wrap affect your transmission audio quality - usually the mics are pretty small and not very sensitive, so a layer of thick plastic could reduce your audio level .... ??
  3. To the OP: It is purely my opinion, but, on your list of worries when running a GMRS repeater, this should be at the bottom of your list. I run a GMRS repeater that has about 900 square miles of coverage, and this is not even on my list of concerns. Pigs flying into my antenna is higher on my list..
  4. I use the Midland MXTA26 mounted on the talegate. The nice thing about this antenna is that it is perfectly tuned for GMRS, right out of the bag - no cutting required. Note that the rear-talegate is not the best location as it does not have an optimal groundplane, but it works very, very well based on my (extensive) real world testing - even though all the radiotards proclaim that "it wont work at all" ... Ignore the radiotards.
  5. Everyone on the repeater would keep saying "what did you say? I cant hear you please talk louder!" ... There is also the issue of not being able to have multiple repeaters on the same frequency with different tones.. .. again.. many radios do this, are wideband, and cost less.
  6. The main, simple disadvantage is that unless you are standing next to the person you are talking to on the radio, UNLESS they also have a narrowband radio, or are in narrowband-mode on a wideband radio (99.8% of all GMRS radios are wideband), the other person won't be able to hear you very well and will keep saying "what did you say? please talk louder!" ... IMHO, unless your friends are also using narrowband radios, it is not worth it... There are MANY other radios to choose from, all of which are Wideband, and in many cases, cost less. ...but..what do i know....
  7. I built a KG-1000G repeater a few months ago and had the opposite issue - by default there is no squelch tail/kickback and IIRC the only way to turn it on was in the software (could not do it on the radio). Are you sure it's the tail that you're getting and not something else?
  8. Can you give a little more detail on exactly what you mean by "unusable" ?
  9. I recently built a 50W repeater with two Wouxun KG-1000G radios.. It worked pretty well, but because the radios are not well-shieleded I got a lot of "desense" so my range was not as great as I'd hoped - It wasnt "cheap" either. I then got a used "real" repeater - a Vertex VXR-7000. You can find them from $400 to $1000 depending on the options, age/condition.. It works GREAT.. I live at the top of a hill so I get a huge coveragare area, about 40-60 miles in each direction. Bang for the buck, a good used "real" repeater might be the best bet.. although, I will be testing the Retevis RT97 soon to see how it compares.
  10. A box will be heading your way next week Lou..
  11. The only Palomar GMRS repeater I know of is on 700 - it is also "private, for business use" and I have heard the owner get on several times and try to chase people away that were using it.. I have never heard any actual business use on it. Up my way (just a bit north) .550 is used by MANY repeaters, and several often have non-english speakers so I wonder if that is what you are hearing?
  12. Up reflection, and after re-reading the post, I do believe you are correct. ...935G is STILL my favorite!
  13. Using CHRIP Build 20210830 I'm not able to get it to work with my 935G using the KG-816 (or any) config - Even though I have to use the horrible Wouxun software, its still my favorite radio.
  14. It is very easy to hit a repeater 34 miles away with only 5W as long as there is nothing between you and it.. I hit a repeater from my couch that is 69 miles away with any one of my low-cost 5W handhelds.. And yes, most repeaters have large, well-tuned antennas, so that does help.
  15. Quanzhou Nanshoumaoyiyouxiangongsi is owned by Sheinhardt Wig Corporation.
  16. Be careful on those "Free speech" repeaters.. Those boys play rough..
  17. The best way to find repeaters in your area is to check the MyGMRS database, 2nd best way is to hook up with the local GMRS gang and find out what they are using.. 3rd best way is to just monitor channels 15-22 and see if you hear anyone, but then you need to figure out the tone to use which can be difficult.. The tones/codes need to match up with the repeater.. you have to use the TX/Input tone, or you wont be able to activate the repeater/talk on it. the RX/output tone is optional and used only to quite-out other repeaters on the same channel. Generally what you do is find the repeater, then save the tone(s) on the repeater-channel in your radio, then you dont have to worry about them again.
  18. Many of those people that are waiting for that huge-price decrease are the same ones that will drive 20 miles out of their way and burn $4.00 in fuel to save $0.02 per gallon at the gas station..
  19. As of yesterday, the fee has not yet dropped.. Nobody, apparently not even the FCC knows when it ever will, but the latest rumors/guess/hopes/dreams suggest sometime in 2022.. And no, AFAIK, you will not find anything in the multi-million dollar dumpster-fire that is the FCC website that will tell you anything about the what current status is for the changes.
  20. If there isnt a lot of RF noise/weak signals in your area you wont notice.. I'm a "SuperHet Snob" but I've been using my 935G for a few days now and abostively love it, SOC or not.
  21. Someone had asked about this on the Amazon page for the radio and the Baofeng rep said this was a mistake .. Unfortunately since then some clown on youtube made some videos about the radio and they are now sold-out, and I cant even find the listing on amazon so I can't confirm/quote exactly what they said. It would seem highly unusual that this type of "mistake" could be made... But as I mentioned to @JeepCrawler98over in the Youtubes, 98% of the people that will be buying this radio don't care.
  22. We do it with no direct-connection to the repeater.. Using a Radio configured to use the repeater -> to a RadioTone RoIP3 -> into a laptop -> to the interwebz.
  23. Having built a KG-1000G repeater myself, and also having a "real" repeater, I can attest that when using one of those small mobile-type duplexers, this is not only normal, but expected. To get save that power you will have to step up to one of the large band-pass/reject type duplexers.. For most people the $$ is not worth it, unless you can find a good used one.
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