ThePOWERtoRULE: Phil, I appreciate what you do and your attitude. I'm under 30 (still, just
barely) and have had a mild curiosity about amateur radio for years, but
only recently have started to take the initiative to study for the
Technician Class exam. After meeting a few hams that were less than
inviting, I encountered somebody who encouraged my interest in the hobby
and off I go! Making the hobby friendly and accessible is important to its
future, thank you!
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;
Raven Sky Reid: Awesome Video, I'm on my way. I went backwards but I have my baofeng and
now I'm ready to take my test all for $80. So excited to learn my new
hobbie. Thanks for such great information.
Matt childfree: I prefer the yaesu radios because they are so much easier to program and
the audio quality is great.
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.
KevinMillard68: cool vid
nelson santos: here the license costs $ 70 about 50 euros
after the examination has to be 2 years only listening
hytlerson: well.. for 50bucks John could better get a baofeng uv-82.
Aiden Neoculius: very nice video from scott dw1 n2itd 73s
philip: Thanks for taking the time to tell about your use. I'm happy it's working
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: 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!
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
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
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
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 D. 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.
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 D. 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
dno151: Thanx Phillip, I will check it out online....Thank you again for your help,
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