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JackalopeinTN

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  1. My wife has one and she likes it. It's been reliable. It's used primarily as a plinker.
  2. Is there any activity in this group?

  3. Hello, another new member here in Cumberland County. I'm a retired radio technician, and solar voltaic system engineer. I was also a licensed hunting/fishing guide, and a commercially licensed, instrument rated pilot. No military or LEO background, though I worked closely with LEO's for over 20 years, and held a federal security clearance. Familiar with a variety of firearm platforms. Interested in becoming part of a local militia, or a Mutual Assistance Group. Not interested in being shuffled into one of the area code militias, I prefer to remain local within a 50 mile radius of Crossville. The 931 area code covers a distance almost 200 miles from west to east, and eastern 931 is much different from western 931 and southern 931. Plus, in order to traverse the upper part of the region requires going around or through Nashville... no thanks 931, no offense intended.
  4. Baofengs are POS, but they're better than two cans and a string. The big problem with Baofengs is that they transmit spurious emissions. What that means basically is that they transmit on one frequency, and simultaneously transmit on many other frequencies at a lesser amount of power. Due to these spurious emissions you could potentially interfere with other stations further up the radio spectrum. These spurious emissions also increase the possibility of being located by people with radio frequency direction finding equipment. Radio amateurs enjoy the challenge of locating random transmitters. The military and the FCC have even more sophisticated equipment for locating rogue transmitters. It's in your best interest to use equipment with the least amount of spurious emissions, your life may depend upon it. Uh oh, someone comes from the LMR world, but what he says is true, for most Baofeng models, though they have at least one model that is FCC type 90 accepted. Radio users would be better off using almost any radio that does not originate from China. Commercial acceptance shouldn't be a factor unless you plan on using the radio on either commercial or public service frequencies. So, the users need to decide how the radios will be used, and what frequencies are to be used. Many commercial radios have the ability to encrypt voice signals. But amateur portable VHF/UHF radio can go to digital mode, which can be difficult to decode unless you're using some RTL-SDR equipment. Price may ultimately be a deciding factor, as the Baofengs are by far the cheapest in price and in quality
  5. And transmitting with a Baofeng on those "unlicensed" frequencies is technically illegal. I consider the Baofengs to be disposable radios. They should not be relied upon, if your life is dependent upon a radio. They are inexpensive, and you get what you pay for them. They are not water resistant, so good luck using them in any wet weather. I keep a few of them around, which are preprogrammed, to be used as supplemental group radios or as loaner radios, If they get destroyed it's not a big deal. Baofengs are the "Hi-points" of the radio world, better than nothing, but that's not saying much.
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