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Using Your Portable Handheld Amateur Ham Radio In A Car

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Using Your Portable Handheld Amateur Ham Radio In A Car

Can a handheld, or handy talkie, be used in a car? Of course it can. There are however several accessories that you will want to consider to make mobile operation safer and more robust. While not necessary, here is why you should consider the following to make mobile life less complicated. Keep your radio powered! On a long road trip the last thing you want is to make a call for local directions as you approach your destination and the battery icon starts to flash. Dead battery. This is where the BATTERY ELIMINATOR comes in handy. With a battery eliminator...

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Keep Your Amateur Ham Radio Powered and Running - #hamradio

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Keep Your Amateur Ham Radio Powered and Running - #hamradio

Due to the nature of two way radios keeping them running over extended periods of time is a bit different to what the norm has become. With a cell phone you simply plug it into a car charger, or USB port, and your in business, with a ham radio it's a different story. While a "car charger" does exist, this simply connects the charging base to the 12V socket and allows you to charge the battery, it is not advisable to transmit with the radio on the charging base. Here is where a second battery would really come in handy....

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Choosing Your First Ham Radio

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Choosing Your First Ham Radio

So you've just got your license, or are working towards getting one, or you just want a radio to monitor the logging roads, there are a lot of choices, and price points. Let me help get you into your first amateur radio. At times going with the cheapest as your first isn't always the best idea. Take the Baofeng UV-5R for example. It's about as cheap as they come. Sure it works fine, but try to program it by hand. I'm sure thats enough to turn off a few folks from the hobby right there. The antenna it comes with...

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Wouxun 2016 "Plus" Models - KG-UV8D / KG-UV9D

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Wouxun 2016 "Plus" Models - KG-UV8D / KG-UV9D

So whats new, with the "new" Wouxun HT radios? In 2015 Wouxun finally did a true refresh of it's Amateur Radio lineup and introduced the KG-UV8D, followed soon after by the KG-UV9D. The 8D was their first with Cross Band Repeat, while the 9D was the first to offer AM Aircraft RX. Now for 2016 we have the "Plus" models of these two radios. So besides the "Plus" being more expensive, whats the real difference? KG-UV8D+ Non standard CTCSS codes can be used Voice inversion scrambler Voice compander "Power On" message can be customized Backlight intensity can be adjusted  ...

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TYT Tytera MD-390, whats new and different? And now the Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Amateur Ham Radio

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TYT Tytera MD-390, whats new and different? And now the Wouxun KG-D901 DMR Amateur Ham Radio

2015 marked the real beginning of the Chinese branded DMR digital ham radio. TYT was a leader with the MD-380, which has garnered quite the user base. TYT has followed up with the, new for 2016, TYT Tytera MD-390. Both radios look almost identical side by side, so whats different? Well, the first difference is the case, the MD-390 being a tad larger. Why you ask? It is constructed to IP67 standards for water resistance. Along with the new case design comes new batteries, and battery eliminators. A GPS is also a factory option on this radio for sending and...

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