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    Hi all. I'm taking my technician test on Saturday. I feel good about it. The hamstudy app is pretty helpful.
    Anyway looking forward to getting to talk.
    I've acquired some tools the last few months. I have a Baofeng UV5r. It seemed a little too cheap, so I picked up a Yaesu FT60r. I can't hear anything out in the sticks where I'm at so I tried the "better" antennas without much luck. So I installed a TYT TH9800 in my Jeep and I can hear a bit better.
    Mainly interested in practicing radio to prepare for emergency communications.
    I'm a disabled combat veteran. Served in the Army. I used SINCGARS.

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    Hi from Nottingham UK.

    VHF/UHF may not be an option due to its short range + your location.

    But there is a solution. Assuming you have WiFi, you can use a dmr handset. That will retransmit your signal over the internet to any dmr repeater that you choose. And those are worldwide. So you can even hold a QSO with UK hams as well as every state in USA.

    All you need is one of these
    https://www.remtronix.com/land-mobil...radios/dj-md5/

    Or if you want the one with built in GPS it's only $20 more
    https://www.remtronix.com/land-mobil...ios/dj-md5tgp/

    Watch a few reviews on YouTube
    https://www.radioworld.co.uk/alinco-...d-dmr-handheld

    https://youtu.be/xxFZEVhuynM

    And best of luck with that exam. Do pop back & tell us the good news

    73 Jim
    Last edited by G7NFP; Fri 31st Jul 2020 at 10:41.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G7NFP View Post
    Hi from Nottingham UK.

    VHF/UHF may not be an option due to its short range + your location.

    But there is a solution. Assuming you have WiFi, you can use a dmr handset. That will retransmit your signal over the internet to any dmr repeater that you choose. And those are worldwide. So you can even hold a QSO with UK hams as well as every state in USA.

    All you need is one of these
    https://www.remtronix.com/land-mobil...radios/dj-md5/

    Or if you want the one with built in GPS it's only $20 more
    https://www.remtronix.com/land-mobil...ios/dj-md5tgp/

    Watch a few reviews on YouTube
    https://www.radioworld.co.uk/alinco-...d-dmr-handheld

    https://youtu.be/xxFZEVhuynM

    And best of luck with that exam. Do pop back & tell us the good news

    73 Jim
    Funny you mention that Alinco. I have the GPS model coming tomorrow.

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    Passed my technician test this morning. Now waiting to get my call sign.

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    Many congrads to you

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    One of the best DMR radios on the market ATM is the BTech DMR 6x2. It's actually an Anytone D686 on steroids.
    Only on sale in USA ATM. Therefore if l wanted one l would need to import it. TBH l have even considered that. Check out the reviews & compare it to the rest. Although the Alinco may have all the features that you are going to need. So the BTech may be worth printing out & leave around the house in the run up to Xmas or birthdays lol.

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