Time to buy a BaoFeng and actually use my amateur license. Ive had it since about 2009 and never used it.

(I've been using as my main lately so I'll use this one for radio stuff.)

@Capheind Nice! Good luck and have fun. is a great hobby.

A lot of old farts talk smack about (and in truth their early radios *were* crap), but they have drastically lowered the barrier for new hams.

If it's in budget, I'd look at one of the DMR Tier II capable models:

In part because of Baofeng supporting it at the $200 price point, seems to be the growing standard for VHF/UHF amateur digital comms.

@kadin cool. I ordered a UV-5R to get started. So when that gets here I can start fiddling. I "think" there is an echolink repeater out here.

@Capheind If you want to get more range for your 5W, I can heartily recommend building a flowerpot antenna for 2m/145MHz. They are cheap and simple to build. Not exactly hand held but can be portable.

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