I already have a Baofeng BF‑F8HP. If I got issued an EFJ from CAP, I'd give that brick (EFJ) back. Nice chart but I still don't see which band 148-156 is under on that chart.
That band is most commonly referred to as the two meter band. Broadly, it encompasses both ham and government frequencies. As noted, the ham portion is 144-148 MHz. The remainder belongs to the gummint, and is NOT freely available for general use. Some of the CAP frequencies are below 144 MHz, and some are above, all of which require a compliant radio, and a CAP Radio Authorization to use.
We don't have a competent comms officer at the squadron or group level. I only know the wing officer by name. I am not interested in joining a HAM club, I just want recommendations on radios. I am not buying a radio "for CAP" per se. I don't want an issued radio. I don't really care if its on the "approved CAP list" because I get called out for my other SAR group about 15 times for every 1 of CAP. My Baofeng isn't on the list but I have used in several mission with the other SAR group. I am buying a radio for SAR and other things. I was looking for recommendation for radios that meet those frequencies. So far, I seen 1 radio recommended (Yaesu 897D) but not in my price range.
Erm...If you aren't using it for CAP and you don't have an FCC license, you using your baofeng on several missions may have put you in violation of FCC rules.
Quote from: Starfleet Auxiliary on December 22, 2015, 04:14:23 PMErm...If you aren't using it for CAP and you don't have an FCC license, you using your baofeng on several missions may have put you in violation of FCC rules.Unless he is covered in some way by his "other" SAR outfit...
So in the Chinese Age of Radio, it looks like some things no longer cost an arm, a leg, and a kidney.http://www.amazon.com/LT-898UV-10watts-Standby-Programming-Transceiver/dp/B00VFDLWRQ/The good: Price (under $100), meets your freq requirements.The bad: only 10 watts where you want 25.And the amazon reviews aren't bad. The one really negative review had a clarification added later indicating user error.Assuming it actually has FCC acceptance, I might pick one of these up for my car. Hmm...
I don't have time for it. Between family, church, work, CAP, and another SAR group, I am tapped out. I always hear people put down the cheaper radios, but I have yet to hear someone explain why. For instance, why is the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A or Juentai JT-6188 a bad radio?
Quote from: umpirecali on December 23, 2015, 12:44:54 AMI don't have time for it. Between family, church, work, CAP, and another SAR group, I am tapped out. I always hear people put down the cheaper radios, but I have yet to hear someone explain why. For instance, why is the Wouxun KG-UV920P-A or Juentai JT-6188 a bad radio?Two words - durability and support.The big three build quality, dependable, long-lasting radios, and provide support for their products. The Chinese products aren't known for either, although Powerex seems to be an exception for the stuff they sell.
The complaints I hear about the Chinese radios are with performance. Poor receiver sensitivity and selectivity, along with poor RX/TX audio quality.Personally, if Iím going to invest several hours of my time to install a radio, Iíll make sure itís worth the effort.
My dad told me years ago, that when it comes to buying tools, you either pay now, or pay later - quality stuff now, or repeated purchases of cheap stuff later on. To me, a radio is just a different flavor of tool. YMMV.
take a look at the comms website in eservices.
The biggest problem with the Wouxun and Boafeng is receiver overload. These radios use a direct conversion receiver technique with limited input filtering to give a wide-band receiver. This works well most of the time but can fail in a strong signal environment. One national staff CAP member found this out when he brought his, at the time compliant, Wouxun to a NASCAR race. The receiver was overwhelmed by all of the string VHF transmitters in operation. That radio was subsequently removed from the CAP compliant list. If CAP is the main objective for a vehicle mounted, consider a good used EF Johnson 5317 like CAP uses. They are well built commercial grade radios with 50W output and can be programmed for 2M ham along with standard CAP programming. They can be found on EBay for about $200. However, you will need support from you comm officer or wing DC to program for CAP.