BaoFeng Update -- I Can Get You Into Ham Radio For 80 Bucks




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Keith G: I get asked all the time, "I am interested, but what do I have to do to get involved?" I explain the exam cost, the cost for a new basic HT, and you're in for under $100.00 and in most cases under $75.00. Then I tell them I have a great method for studying the exam in bits so they master small tidbits (10-11 questions) instead of large volumes of questions. Once they complete each section, they'll have mastered the test and then they can go take the test. I used this method and almost aced my exam. I have had 4 people in the last month inquire, but all 4 have not followed through. I try to lead by example and show my enthusiasm for Ham Radio by posting interesting links and such on Facebook. Maybe soon I can get some more people into Ham radio. I love it and could kick myself for not doing this sooner. At 45, I missed out on years of fun! 73! KG1USA, Paso Robles, CA; USN, Ret.

nelson santos: here the license costs $ 70 about 50 euros after the examination has to be 2 years only listening Portugal.

Adam R: The Baofeng UV 5R tests at 5 watts, even though it may advertise less. Its a great radio Mine cost $34, free shipping WITH the USB computer cable (normally $10 more) My ham technician test cost $15 to take. So thats only $49 total. 

hytlerson: well.. for 50bucks John could better get a baofeng uv-82. 

scott mandel: very nice video from scott dw1 n2itd 73s

KevinMillard68: cool vid

philip: Thanks for taking the time to tell about your use. I'm happy it's working for you.

philip: Quality control is a problem for everyone. I bought a couple of Vertex radios, and one was totally DOA. I do expect worse QC for Baofengs, and I'm sorry to say you got a bum one. That's the nature of a fifty-buck HT. We've had two for a few years now, and mine is suffering more: Pocket clip is broken and something's come loose and is hanging under the clear plastic that covers the screen. But their radios I'm willing to take to Burning Man and willing to have fail there. We bring back up radios.

wa4aos: In my area 75 meters is embarrassing most evenings, particularly, on Friday and Saturday evenings when people get really raunchy. Unfortunately, in many respects the hobby has gone down hill in the last 15 years much to my disappointment. I use to be proud to be a Ham op, now, I seldom mention it unless I find someone who is interested, then I will do everything I can to help them along. 73, Glenn WA4AOS .

PatriotNcamo: Hi, we were thinking about getting some for the family to keep in touch off-roading and in a disaster scenario, my question is do we need a operators license to talk on the baofeng Uv-5r plus radio? Thank you

philip: Congrats!

philip: Thanks, Lawrie!

saxmusicmail: 80 bucks! The UV-5R can be bought for $49 now, I just got one. I have a list of free study materials online, practice tests, even the classroom presentations a nearby club uses for their ham crams. All free. And the test session is $14. So next time we have a special event station, something in public I'm going to use your tact, only "You can get into ham radio for $63." I can't wait to do this. Thanks, Philip, I'm stoked!

philip: The test questions and answers are online, so read up on them, then take practice tests also available online. Take the test after you consistently pass the practice tests.

philip: Have fun, Hades!

Codenamebravo: God if it took him that long to grasp 80 - 30 = 50 dollars, I would advise him not to take the exam ha ha

TomZentra: Conditions were much different at that time in history. The USA manufactured most of that good it consumed. Also, amateur radio exams were more difficult than they are now.

wa4aos: No disrespect to you but last time I was in your area, I listened to 2-meters and was very disappointed with the filthy language, racial and sexual slurs made on some of the repeaters. Not to mention more of the same on simplex freq's. What I observed then was the worse example of Amateur Radio I have heard other than 14.313 on the 20 meter band. Is this the kind of operator you get for $80? 73, Glenn WA4AOS

Tony Ling: So what are you saying ? These days amateur radio isn't the elitist hobby it once was ? Reassuringly expensive equipment used to keep the riff-raff and the proletariat out ? I say the more people it is opened up to the better and you know the old saying, use it or lose it.

kiingAli: And God bless china for that!!!

philip: Oh! Check the arrl.org site at this URL arrl-vec-exam-fees for the fee structure. VECs are _very_ limited in what they can charge and what expenses they may incur. Tying the purchase of a radio to the exam (even when the purchase is voluntary) is probably more aggravation than it's worth.

Tony Ling: Explain "The USA manufactured most of that good it consumed."

TomZentra: One can almost say that lawlessness and overcrowding are destined to occur. The cost of radios keeps coming down. In the future SDR will make ham radio affordable too. Then there is the matter of licensing. The exams are now so easy and cheap that practically anyone can get a license. Even a 5-year old can become a General or Extra with a little memorization.

Cory Hill: Thanks for the reply. The price point is fantastic, but I would love to see them take QA a lot more serious. Thus, I've been reporting my experience with it online. I think most people have been happy with them. I got a lemon.

philip: Get it for whichever one comes first. :->

philip: I guess you could hack any radio to work in other bands that the ones it's authorized to operate it; fortunately, I don't have the knowledge. And yes, of course, it's illegal to (a) hack the radio so that it operates outside it's intended bands & (b) to interfere intentionally in the radio traffic of others. Please don't do this. Besides being illegal, it's really, really junior high. You're above that, d00d. People who work there are trying to make a living, & interfering with their jobs is bad

philip: My pleasure, glad you found the video useful. Best of luck on your test!

thebigspark: Myself and a few of my friends have been wanting to get into HAM, but the costs have been stopping us. I found a BaoFeng YV-5R on Amazon delivered the next day for under $50. Three of us will be taking the test next weekend. It is very inexpensive to get into ham these days, and the best part is that now we can be of help during emergencies instead of just being spectators.

Tony Ling: The world was awash with a glut of affordable equipment after the end of WWII. It did nothing but good for the hobby.

philip: Hi, Methos. I got my license in 2001, & I remember well the frustration of trying to figure out how to program my radio from reading the manual -- whoever writes manuals assumes you already know what they're talking about. What worked for me was finding a ham who had some experience to talk me through it with radio in hand. My best suggestion for you is to find a ham radio club local to you and have someone explain what all the words mean in general then show you how to apply it to your UV-5r.

philip: It's fine for a cheap radio.

philip: I'm sorry to say I've never been to Alabama.

Nathan Markley: Thanks. Yeah this radio is awesome, for starting out. I am looking for a car magenta antenna. Do you have any suggestions?

Gio048: Hi there Philip, I want to be a Ham operator,where can I go for the test,like you explained,they train you then they test you the same day.Im in NJ and I don't know were to find a place that will train and then test the same day.I know your not here in NJ,but can you give me a idea where to go? I really want one of those Baofeng radios,and to be ON THE AIR. Thanks,Gio.

philip: My pleasure; thanks for taking the time to post.

xwolf22: alright heres the question, and please don't reply saying "thats illegal" or anything like that, cause were just sharing knowledge i may not actually do it but i like knowledge and knowledge(at this level) is not illegal, but could i use the UV-5R to hack in to the drive through fast food channels? thanks for your help

Nathan Markley: Just pass my technician test yesterday 4/6. and brought the BaoFeng Uv-5R today on amazon for $40.50. Can't wait till it comes in and be on the air

philip: See the desription above -- click "Show more."

philip: Thanks for the kind words and best wishes on your test!

zoolkhan: sure - there is these nice shiney rigs with DSP , waterfall display and whatnot - but is that stuff necessary? no. You can still work pileups and dx without those shiney displays. I made a 50 country award in 2 months from finland with a homemade dipol and a 20yr old kenwood rig in psk31 - i got me antarctica, japan, australia and carribean ...in CW with 100 watt, same dipol. It does not have to be shiney and expensive - an old used rig was all it took, and i had plenty QRP DX as well.

azerty800: i have a baofeng UV3R and it's a very good radio :)

philip: I laughed the whole time; so did his buddy. I hope he bought a radio and became active.

dno151: Thanx Phillip, I will check it out online....Thank you again for your help, Dan F.

keith rice: what do you think of the 10 meter bands as i am thinking of geting one i have a uv5re they are good radios M6BWM

chris scrhoeder: i just bought the Baofeng UV-5A myself.

BackPorchGourmet: Thanks Philip. If I ever make it down to Maker Faire, I'll have to stop by your booth. I've been a ham for 4 years and just ordered my Baofeng... a lot cheaper than my Icom TH-7A.

dimitdamnit: I'm sold!!!! Good job! Hope to catch you at the next Makers Fair!

eogg25: tell them what it will cost them to move up to a higher class operator, not the cost of the license but the cost of the equipment. its not real expensive but they wont be satisfied very long with an old used rig, antennas and other accessories. especially if you do just phone work. but I guess ur plan is to get them interested in the hobby and that's a good thing.

kd1s: Yup - that was my reasoning when I got the Vx-7rb.

Kevin Langley: I have a Motorola GP640 thats pretty much useless & has been sitting in a draw for the past year, I have the programming cable for it but can't find the software for it anywhere. I think I might take it with me to the Ham radio club & see if they can program it for me. I'm going to have it on 70cm but if not... I'm just wondering if anybody else knew what software I could use for the Motorola GP640? I might sell it as a last resort & buy a more useful radio.
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