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Please note that there are multiple "Tabs" at the bottom with more information.
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This document is maintained by Jason Roysdon KG6H. I welcome any constructive criticism, improvements or suggestions.
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Contact email: Kilo Golf Six Hotel AT yahoo.com (replace the AT with @ and remove the spaces)
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HamStudySJValleyClubsRadioProgammingPremiumRadios
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Basic Radio:(Anything Baofeng UV-5R)
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$25Baofeng UV-5RA
https://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-136-174-400-480-Dual-Band-Transceiver/dp/B009MAKWC0
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$30Baofeng UV-5R5
https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Band-Transceiver-400-520MHz-65-108MHz-Upgraded/dp/B00YMN0SCG/
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$45Two-Pack UV-5R "III" ($22.50 each)
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Ktaxon-BAOFENG-Lot2-UV-5R-Tri-Band-Two-Way-Radio-136-174-200-260-400-520MHz-Walkie-Talkies/566264331
Adds a third ham band (222MHz aka 1.25M)
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$25Camo Baofeng UV-5R
https://www.walmart.com/ip/Leadzm-Baofeng-UV-5R-Green-UHF-VHF-Dual-Band-Two-Way-Ham-Radio-Walkie-Talkie/321116823
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Baofeng UV-5R8W all-in-one - includes battery & antenna upgrade
https://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-Tri-Power-Portable-3800mAh-Earpiece/dp/B07VJ38MTW
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Radio Upgrades:
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$17Antenna: Nagoya NA-771https://baofengtech.com/nagoya-na-771
Better transmit and receive with a longer antenna.
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$24Spare Battery: Baofeng BL-5
https://www.amazon.com/Compatible-Rechargeable-Accessories-Batteries-Mirkit/dp/B07MNTJCGL
Always good to have a spare so one can charge while one is in use.
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Car Upgrades w/existing UV-5R radio
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$16Handheld Speaker Mic
https://www.amazon.com/Microphone-Compatible-Reinforced-Reduction-Mirkit/dp/B07JQ452L8/
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$11Battery eleminator for car chargerhttps://www.amazon.com/dp/B019R9IHC2/
Instead of using the battery in the radio, it connects to radio to the car's cigaratte/charger port
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$30Magmount Antenna Nagoya UT-72
https://www.amazon.com/NAGOYA-Nagoya-UT-72-Dual-Band-Antenna/dp/B07K6VG8Q5
Antenna to connect to the radio and be placed on top of a vehicle. Radios don't work very well inside the "tin cage" that a car acts like.
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$8Antenna adapter for handheld radio (1ft)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083D5TMKG/
Required to connect the Baofeng handheld radios to the larger antennas.
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Note that there are better, permanent antenna mount systems available, and I'll list them under the PremiumRadioParts tab
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Car/Home Mobile Radios
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$130BTECH UV-25X4https://baofengtech.com/uv-25x4
25 watts of power. Adds a third ham band (222MHz aka 1.25M)
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$180BTECH UV-50X2https://baofengtech.com/uv-50x2
50 watts of power - need to run a dedicated power feed direct to battery
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VariesMatching antennas (see radio recommendations)https://baofengtech.com/accessories
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RadioProgamming
has moved to it's own tab with instructions
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Roof Antennas and accessories
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$23Small 2M/70CM Radio Base Antenna w/Mounting Bracket
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Dual-Band-2M-70CM-SO239-Ham-Amateur-Radio-Base-Antenna-With-Mounting-Bracket/183739779641
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$302M/70CM Dual Band Copper J Pole Antenna by KCØSDV
https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-meter-70cm-Dual-Band-Collapsible-Copper-J-Pole-Antenna-by-KC-SDV-Free-shipping/113712152795
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$2450 ft RG8X coax PL-259 cable (order longer/shorter as needed)
https://www.ebay.com/itm/50-ft-RG8X-coax-coaxial-UHF-PL-259-connectors-amateur-ham-CB-radio-antenna-cable/351519158326
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$7Adapter from SO-239 (antenna) to SMA female (radio) (3ft)https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07JPYHDJG/
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$33-55J-Pole and "Slim Jim" antennas that cane take more max powerhttps://www.jpole-antenna.com/
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Note that SO-239 connects to PL-259 (they mate together)
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