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My Range Experience Using Baofeng handhelds


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Great write-up! I love seeing real world results. There is a tremendous value to info like this. That fact that you shared the locations helps, too. We can topology mapping to see what the terrain looks like, which will paint a very clear picture.

 

 

I am super-happy with the results we get with my cheap $25 Baofengs.. I know a lot of people hate them, especially the "experts", but mine do the job - bang for the buck I'd say they do pretty darn good - and if I run it over with my Jeep or lose it out in the desert, it's no big deal because a replacement is so cheap.

I'm with you on this. I have had terrible luck with Baofeng mobiles, but my BF-F8HP is a fantastic, inexpensive ham radio. I love wheeling and I don't want to trash any of my radios, but if i am going to make a mistake with my HT, I'd rather have it be my $28 radio instead of my $400+ Yaesu. Especially when having the more expensive radio brings zero benefits to the table while offroading.
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I'm with you on this. I have had terrible luck with Baofeng mobiles, but my BF-F8HP is a fantastic, inexpensive ham radio. I love wheeling and I don't want to trash any of my radios, but if i am going to make a mistake with my HT, I'd rather have it be my $28 radio instead of my $400+ Yaesu. Especially when having the more expensive radio brings zero benefits to the table while offroading.

Some years back I heard a Ham talking to his buddy at Dayton Hamvention one year. He went into the porta-potty. Well his expensive HT slipped off the belt into the big round hole. No guessing what he was shopping for later.

 

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We did one of these tests a while back. UV5R on dual band magmount on a van to UV5R with stock ducky in a pickup. On UHF we got 5 miles on flat ground in rural area. Tried switching between wide and narrow band and it was actually worse on narrow because the baofeng doesn't implement it right.

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