Extra Just in Case HT radio

Scott Currie scott.d.currie at gmail.com
Mon Apr 27 12:49:42 PDT 2015

Yep, what he said...

I like the UV-82 because it fits my hand a little better, but it is
basically the same radio inside. I have a "C" version as well, since it is
Part-90 and I can use it on the city VHF radio system.

Several of our CERT/EMCOMM folks have them. It's fun at the meetings when I
write a repeater pair and tone on the board and we see how quick they can
get it on the air (something not already in their memory channels of


On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 12:35 PM, Grant Hopper <kb7wsd at gmail.com> wrote:

> I'd echo Scott's comments and add the following:
> (and I'm adding this with the following in mind: I'm the alleged Radio
> Officer for the City of Everett (no actual active program and no
> willingness to spend $ to maintain one) and the co-leader of a group of
> emergency preparedness minded citizens of the city of Everett who have
> resorted to staging our own training and exercises for the purpose of
> preparing the neighborhood citizens and the neighborhood associations for
> self-help in an 'event'.)
> The BaoFeng UV5R is amazingly inexpensive and that is it's chief virtue.
> It is inexpensive enough that people that only got training and earned
> their license to help out in a disaster, are more than willing to buy the
> radio and requred accessories and keep it in a drawer until the disaster
> strikes.  It is a complicated radio to use like an 'ordinary' ham might,
> with doing all sorts of stuff like swapping Tx and Rx on a repeater in
> order to listen on the input, or to quickly and easily program on the fly,
> but works well as one might use a communication tool: critical settings
> like power on and volume and channel are easily set and adjusted.
> The microphone/earphone connector is the same as a Kenwood, and there are
> plenty of inexpensive options for that.  The one shortcoming I feel it has
> in no direct DC input (or charging for that matter) but the practically
> mandatory 'extended' battery does have that option.  I would add the
> following things to the list of "mandatory" and indeed the 'recommendation'
> sheet I hand out lists the following things one "must have in order to find
> the radio a useful tool despite the circumstances": Alkaline battery pack,
> preferrably AA size (there is a AAA size too), shoulder microphone/speaker,
> earphone, SMA to BNC adapter, spare (whip) antenna, extended battery and DC
> power cord, preferrably with cigarette plug adapter and APP connectors
> too.
> We don't make it mandatory, mostly because enough people have them to
> facilitate programming, but CHIRP and a programming cable are well advised
> too.
> We recommend some other stuff too, but that's based on how we're training
> here in the city and YMMV.
> Personally, we have at least one in each car along with the listed
> accessories, in our CERT gear, and in office desk drawers along with the
> 'office disaster kit'.  I have two more that are used as 'work radios'
> around the house since we got tired of risking our nicer HTs when we're
> doing household chores, travel, or other stuff where the extra, easier to
> use features of the D72/F-6, etc., simply are not that important and
> killing a $25 radio because it was dropped, lost, damaged, would cause less
> heartache.  It's also way less hard to decide to loan a $25 radio than a
> $300 radio :-)
> In my disaster response leader role, I specifically ask people not to get
> variants of the UV-5r because there are some minor issues with
> compatibility of accessories like battery cases.  I also warn people about
> selecting the 'proper' model since some cannot be programmed to operate
> properly on the itinerant frequencies and may be less than satisfactory for
> 'monitoring' the FRS radio service.
> I do buy colored ones since it makes it easier to find in the dark (I wish
> they had orange!) and sets them apart at least somewhat, from 1) my other
> radios, and 2) other people's radios.
> I'm sure I have more thoughts, but that's the most important of it there.
> 73,
> Grant
> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:55 AM, Bill Vodall <wa7nwp at gmail.com> wrote:
>> On Mon, Apr 27, 2015 at 11:50 AM, Scott Currie <scott.d.currie at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> > One in each car, and the CERT go bag....
>> That's the plan - essentially...
>> > I prefer the UV-82, but you have to come up with $10 more.
>> They are all "free..."
>> What's the advantage of the 82?
>> >
>> Thanks,
>> Bill
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