I have been out of radio for the most part for nearly three years. Since we moved, life has been more demanding of my time and so ham radio has had to take a back burner. My HF rig is broke and doesn’t work and since it has my two meter and 70 cm rig built in, I have been off the air completely. Since I moved, I’ve just not had the discretionary cash to buy radios like I use to.
I was at my dad’s house last week when he had the repeater hooked up to the WIN System. I heard someone on there talking on a Baofeng radio and they sounded pretty good. They told of how incredibly cheap they were so I bought one on Amazon for $43.00. Compare that to the nearly $400.00 that I spent on the last Kenwood. Honestly for that price, I was not expecting much. I thought it would have all sorts of hang ups with it but I was surprised.
While the programming was a challenge, I eventually figured it out and after that, I discovered there was software to make it easier the next time. This radio is pretty good. I have to admit, that I’ve been out of radio so long that I have never even heard of Baofeng. I am still not sure I know how to pronounce it. It worked so good that my wife got one and my brother bought one as well. It operates on both the two meter and 70 cm band as well as many adjacent frequencies, such as FRS and GMRS. Of course the radio is not type accepted for those bands so it is not legal to operate though it physically will.
I am very pleased with this radio and has actually re-energized my enthusiasm for ham radio. There is a new repeater, 444.000 MHz that is close to my house and makes communicating via an H.T. easier. The owners of this repeater seem to be nice people. I went to their Field Day event last weekend and while I didn’t participate, it was pretty fun. Well, I better get this sent since it is getting late. I just wanted to share what a great radio this is and the price makes it even better. I would recommend it for anyone.