Yeah the BAOFENG rubber duck is garbage. This thing. It's practicallyHey, Downs! I hate to revive such an old thread here, but I'm planning on doing this setup now fairly soon.
I've used repeaters in the Dallas area, and I've gotten mixed results on different occasions in different conditions; but then again, I'm using the stock rubber duck and no other additions - I was wondering, the way you have things setup, do you usually get pretty good feedback going down the road and good frequency receive/transmit? Is your audio pretty clear?
Look forward to your response!
Those paragliding freqs aren't AM? I did Ultralights for about a year and we operated on standard airband frequencies all the time. I used a little talkabout a few times to coordinate with my at the time girlfriend when doing long flights or just poking around the airfield. I just ran a Yaesu FT-310 on a mount for that stuff and kept the talkabout tucked into a pocket on my flight suit.I love those Baofeng UV5R radios, my entire family are paraglider pilots and we use these radios. They are great value, we have had them a few years and never had a problem, they also will go out of HAM range and allow us to use the paragliding authorized frequencies 158.400 MHz. I am a licensed Ham, and my wife and daughters have all passed the USHPA license test and have licenses to use the 5 authorized USHPA frequencies. We have 4 of the radio, we tried several other cheap Chinese makes, but they all had issues, the Baofengs have been the only radios that work reliably. Highly recommend them.
They are used for short range local comms. They are like a CB radio in the fact that they use radio waves haha. CB radios tend to be much larger and clunkier and the frequency range they operate in isn't nearly as suited for local comms like these little UHF/VHF radios. CB also operates on AM (Amplitude modulation) vs FM for most UHF/VHF handheld radios.What are these used for? Are they like a CB radio on steroids? Like a desktop HAM?
I've got a few of those apps. The one I like the best so far is HAMSAT on my iphone.There's an APP for the I phone that will show you when the Space station and some Satellites are in range. There's several programs free for the computer for AMSAT work. Last year I bounced a signal off a Satellite with my HT using the hand held ELK Beam antenna to someone in CA on 2 meters.