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@Bish1309 the UV-5R is a solid radio.
Thanks for the plus vote. From here I have no idea what to do. I guess find someone to talk to in order to get to understand how all this works or should I get a license first? Someone take me under their wing and get me up and running......................please? lol
 

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Morning, @Bish1309

Let's talk about your desired outcomes. aka who do you want to communicate with, and how far away are they from you? Examples:
  • You primarily want to receive/listen.
  • You want to communicate with neighbors who might have non-programmable FRS or GMRS radios.
  • You want to communicate with neighbors or people who might be no further than say 25 miles away.
  • You want to communicate with people who might be hundreds or thousands of miles away.
 

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Morning, @Bish1309

Let's talk about your desired outcomes. aka who do you want to communicate with, and how far away are they from you? Examples:
  • You primarily want to receive/listen.
  • You want to communicate with neighbors who might have non-programmable FRS or GMRS radios.
  • You want to communicate with neighbors or people who might be no further than say 25 miles away.
  • You want to communicate with people who might be hundreds or thousands of miles away.
I think of it more as a survival tool to be used I suppose mostly to monitor what might be going on in the event major communications go out. Or perhaps, if SHTF and we have to communicate with each other when the forum goes down. I guess in a sense a weather radio to gauge what is going on around me.

Maybe I'm being too much like a scene out of The Walking Dead...I dunno.

Currently I have no one in mind to reach out to that I can't do now in other ways. I'd just like to be somewhat ready should I need it in the future.

Thank you for your interest. Good questions!
 

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@Bish1309 anyone can listen (ie., receive) without a license. So yeah, program that radio and you're good to go.

Given that, a couple of things...

There is a free piece of software called CHIRP that makes programming your radio much easier. You end up with predefined memory locations for various frequencies. The CHIRP software is here:
Home - CHIRP

You'll need a cable between your computer and radio. Look on Amazon and search for say "uv-5r programming cable". The cable should be around $10.

On frequencies, there is a smattering of stuff here.
SHTF Survivalist Radio Frequency Lists

If desired, shoot me a private message on XDTalk with your email address. I can send you a .CSV file of a bunch of pre-programmed stuff that you can easily import into CHIRP, and then upload to your radio. Examples include FRS/GMRS frequencies, MURS frequencies, NOAA weather frequencies where they broadcast out, and some common 'ham' frequencies.

Once you go beyond that baseline, you might want to add some repeaters in your geographic area. You'd need to do your own research here. You can use this website to look for 'two meter' (2M) and '70 centimeter' (70cm) repeaters that are near you.
RepeaterBook.com: Quick Search for Amateur Radio Repeaters

There are also GMRS repeaters that may be near you.
 

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Thank you, thank you, thank you. I appreciate the information. Looks like I have an interesting weekend coming up. I'm going to spend some time then getting settled in. I'll check back with you next week on how far I've gotten.
 

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Ok, time for a minor update. I finally decided to open the manual. Not a lot of help since most of the language is in ham. lol

However, I did find that I do have a program cable with CD and it assisted me with downloading and installing Chirp as well as finding repeaters in my area.

I may have programmed but don't know since no acknowledgement or any kind of activity seemed to happen when I tried to program the radio but now I can actually pick up the local weather station.

I feel so proud. Too bad I have no idea if it was anything I did or just dumb luck.

Next, I guess I need to fess up to get a transmit license. I doubt any of you want to convo with this guy but hey, one can always dream big. lol

Anyway, thanks for all the guidance so far. You never know, the next voice you hear may be mine.
 

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Bish, if you can receive any of those NOAA channels I sent in that .CSV file then something went right with the programming of the memory channels in CHIRP.
 

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It appears the FCC is going ahead with a $35 fee. It won't take effect for a while, but FYI it's coming...
 

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I may have jumped the gun just a bit but I went ahead and bought a small radio. It's an 8W UV-5R two-way radio kit. Am I on the right track?

Here's a link if it's allowed.

Doesn't that require GMRS license? Currently $70/yr and they are thinking of dropping it to $35.

First you get an FRN assigned, then go apply with that # for your GMRS (ZA).

As for the UV-5R - UV-5R use without lincense?

I've been looking at MURS just to side-step all that GMRS stuff...
 

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Doesn't that require GMRS license? Currently $70/yr and they are thinking of dropping it to $35.

First you get an FRN assigned, then go apply with that # for your GMRS (ZA).

As for the UV-5R - UV-5R use without lincense?

I've been looking at MURS just to side-step all that GMRS stuff...
Thanks for the link. I honestly don't know much more than I did 6 months ago.

I've let myself down. Got all gung-ho, grabbed the gear, grabbed a study manual. Still re-reading the first chapter. I'm useless.

Got invited to join a rock band to play casinos and that has taken up almost all my free time since first of the year. As a consolation, our first public gig is May 8th at a local casino. So there's that.
 

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Honestly the main reason I never got a ham license was the local hams - instantly turned me off as a bunch of people I would never want to associate with, bear in mind this was my local hams no idea about out of my area.

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As I recall mine was a 'Operator' license, the radio or aircraft had to have a 'station' license and there was a senior license to that for the higher power radios.
 

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Honestly the main reason I never got a ham license was the local hams - instantly turned me off as a bunch of people I would never want to associate with, bear in mind this was my local hams no idea about out of my area.

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I’m not a “joiner” kind of guy, so never joined a local club. My interest is DX, so I probably have 10 local contacts in my log book. My local club could be stuffed with shitheads and I wouldn’t even know it.
 

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@Schadenfreude1 I can relate to that, even today. I joined a local ham club to learn. Emails from some are 'unusual', zoom meetings can be similar. ...but I continue to learn. They even hosted an excellent event where we built Yagi antennas from PVC pipe and cut sections of metal measuring tapes (I keep that with an emerg kit).
 
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