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Good question...I have my tech HAM license and am studying for my general now.  I have a lot to learn about the scanners and radios so if anyone can shed any light on the subject, I love to learn.  : )      One thing that I have learned is to no buy Baofeng radios, which is what I have, LOL.  I gotta buy an new better one.

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Not sure...when I go to a lot of the HAM sites and some prepped sites they say they r ok for training where everyone is close but bad and cheap for anything other than localized training.  

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On 4/8/2018 at 12:44 PM, Sandlapper said:

Not sure...when I go to a lot of the HAM sites and some prepped sites they say they r ok for training where everyone is close but bad and cheap for anything other than localized training.  

Just to shed a little light, any HT is only going to be good when you are close. The UV-5R is a great radio for what we do that won't break the bank. Sure, they don't have the spectral purity of a Kenwood or a Motorola, but they are 1/10 the price.

The radio horizon for VHF/UHF as about 14 miles in FM mode, whether you run 5 watts or 5000.

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