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I had bad experiences with them.  They make good trainers but poor field radios.

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I have an 8w BF-F8HP. It’s a lot like the UV-5R but a little better.  Better optional battery, rubber sleeve and excetra.  It’s not an MBITR or a Motorola P25 XTS 5000R, so the expectation is to care for it like not low crawling on it.  I have several XTS 5000/3000 radios and they can take a beating.  Commo is an important investment in your kit. A good set of unit communication equipment does well to reduce the fog of war.  I have an Amateur Radio Technicians License KN4MBZ, and I’ve been looking into radio transmission capabilities for some time now.  Understanding and identifying problems with your communication situation is the first step in solving the solution.  These little Baofeng are affordable and reasonably powerful for their size.  I would suggest the UV-9R 18w model, for its power to weight/size ratio.  It is relatively easy to set up two of these as a repeater station.

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