Is this a steal?

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Is this a steal?

Post by moab » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:30 pm

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Re: Is this a steal?

Post by NT2C » Sun Jul 02, 2017 8:46 pm

Not really. They're only 2 watt UHF units after all. No VFO, no display, everything has to be pre-programmed. They'd be good for something like a local event where everyone was going through a repeater or cross band repeat to a more powerful system. For example, one of the events I've covered a few times was a local triathlon and these would probably work fine for the swim and the run portions of the event, through the cross band repeater setup at the NOC, but not work at all for the bike portion of the event. They also would, of course, require a valid license to use legally.
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Re: Is this a steal?

Post by emclean » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:44 pm

they are not a steal, but they are decent for the money if you have a use for several radios, and need more distance that FRS.
just remember the programing cable.

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Re: Is this a steal?

Post by woodsghost » Mon Jul 03, 2017 7:50 am

I recently bought a Baofeng UV-5R for ~$25, and I feel that was a good value. It should be bought with the understanding that one will want to spend $15-$20 on a better antenna and probably $10-$15 for a bigger battery.

I'll also want a programming cable and a microphone. So that $25 radio becomes a $50-$80 radio. But I can buy a BF-8 later and apply all those accessories to the BF-8.

Plus I need to get my license so I can actually transmit. I found out a local college hosts classes so I'll do that with a friend.

Just where I'm at for the moment. Any feedback from the more experienced is appreciated.
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