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    Dear Members,

    I have read through different forum still unable to decide which Hand held to purchase. Yaseu Ft-60R is in my list but still wanted to get advice what you be the best hand held ham radio within max budget of $250. My priority is good reception and transmission quality rather then other features as rugged,water proof. basically my required use this rig indoor to have qso through my local repeater. I have woxun kg-uv8D but the problem is this particular rig is not able to hit the repeater from my room but I am able to hit clearly from my balcony. I hired my friends Kenwoon TH-F6 I was able to have QSO with it inside my room but had choppy copy either side.

    I understand an external antenna might help but I would be happy if any of the expert member can suggest a handheld rig which is withing $250 and have reception and transmission quality. I am OK to spend another $50 for whip antenna to replace the stock antenna of the handheld.

    Thank you.

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    Your problem seems to be an antenna one, rather than a radio one.

    The Yaesu FT-60 is a great radio, probably better RX sensitivity, but I expect the TX power will be similar to your Wouxun.

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    Phil

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    agreed, a quality HT is still an HT. The radio is not your problem. Get your antenna situation resolved, and then see if you need a better radio.
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    Understood The antenna is a problem Deciding to buy Diamonf SRH 77CA any other model does anyone advice. Also any other suggestion other than Yaesu FT-60R

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    I have the Diamond SRH701, but I doubt it would make that much difference indoors. I don’t believe the 6dB gain quoted for the one you mentioned.

    There are a few roof rack mounts you can buy, which you could connect to your balcony, then attach a mobile aerial.

    Something similar to this (check the dimensions):-

    https://www.diamondantenna.net/k540km.html

    Or you could use a mag mount.

    Then a mobile aerial similar to this (a few companies make a copy of the 770):-

    https://www.diamondantenna.net/nr770ha.html

    I like the FT-60, and there are a lot of cheap ones around.

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    Phil

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    Hi,

    What about building low power home brew repeater and then installing it somewhere in my balcony. So that I can freely roam about with my HT. If you think its feasible. Would you mind providing a circuit diagram for the same.

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    Not sure how you would do this as most repeaters are duplex.

    You could do this with simplex repeaters by using a mobile radio that does crossband repeat. However, every time you wish to change frequency you’d have to go to the mobile and change the settings.

    I think you are trying find a very complicated solution to a problem you have little control over due to your equipment and location.

    Another solution may be to set your radio with a computer on the balcony, then use something like Ham Radio Deluxe to control it from another computer (or Windows tablet) from elsewhere.

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    Phil

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    The most effective and simplest way to do what you want (as I understand it), to be able to walk around your place indoors and work the local repeater with your HT has been suggested. Use and outside antenna connected to a rig that will crossband with your HT.
    I have that issue in my office warehouse. I have an antenna mounted on the roof of my office with an Icom 2730 in my office. I have a cheap Wouxun KG-UV8D HT that I use when I want to walk around the office or be out in my warehouse and catch one of the daily nets on the repeaters in my area. My office and warehouse is a metal building and affects comms tremendously. Crossbanding eliminates the issue. The repeaters are close enough that if I step outside the HT works fine by itself.

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    In may antenna tests, it really wasn't a case of any of the antennas having lots of gain, but rather being good at any frequency. The ones that did have a bit of gain, were worse once you move away from the centre of the design frequency. None of the antennas were wonderful, most pretty poor and some dire. I have an FT60 as well as loads of cheapo radios and in my hire stock some very expensive ones - none perform better in any way other than on the test rig - the better quality ones reject co-channel interference better, and don't get annoyed by strong local signals. Their physical construction is more solid, and the operation system can be simpler to use. I really cannot say any let me hit a repeater differently - which is a shame because that would be nice.

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