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  4. Tuesday, 20 August 2019
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https://amzn.to/31RtNzf BaoFeng BF-F8HP after seeing Adam W's Baofeng last weekend, I decided to pick this guy up.

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It was clear after last weekend, I would way rather use the ham radio over the cb to talk trail and location history while on tour. I strongly suggest at least a cheap ham handheld radio, even if your not licensed so you can hear what's going on.
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How is the antenna on the radio?
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  1. Ryan Harden
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It's OK for starting out
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Just wondering because I have heard mixed reviews.
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Ya, it's advised to upgrade just about any handheld antenna from what I've seen.
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I did also order the $17 Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip https://amzn.to/2KJJe6S

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I also ordered this Mirkit USB Programming Cable Model 3 https://amzn.to/31Zppyl

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So far this is the easiest tutorial I could find on programming these manually

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I just got done using cross band repeat on the ftm-400 and this radio talking to Dick Schmidt after I figured out how to duel band monitor, it was a piece of cake.

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Is the ham radio still going to be vehicle specific? I mean, can I buy one and use it for both our keeps or will it need to connect with the same antenna to transmit properly?
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  1. Ryan Harden
  2. 2 months ago
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The handhelds will work on anything. If you permanently mount an antenna in a rig then that's a little harder but not impossible.
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Ryan - on the $17 Nagoya NA-771 15.6-Inch Whip you ordered I see they make a retractable version so the long whip can be lowered for storage, etc. Did you go with the solid whip vs the retractable for a performance reason or just preference? I was looking at the retractable version maybe.
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The solid whip is pretty flimsy and flexes to fit on my backpack. Never tried the retractable one, may be worth a shot.
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