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Huskerpatriot
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Anyone familiar with this rig?

http://www.universal-radio.com/catalog/ht/1656.html

Alinco DJ 500t, for around $100 or so depending on vendors and what accessories are included.

Looking for something that is better than a baofeng... but not the high dollar Yaesu and the likes. Middle of the range so to speak. Looking for the most bang for my buck.

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Decent rig especially for the price.

But you might want to take a look at this.

Anytone AT-3318UV-D

Can work as a cross band repeater and has AM broadcast as well as shortwave receive.

Anytone builds a lot of Alinco's radios now.

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CSC links to a fairly nice radio, yes more $$$ but also more features and quality.
Cross Band repeat might prove extremely useful in some applications. While the radio "could" link say the FRS and MURS bands it is not legal. Not a big deal (legal), wise use should be limited to areas not in proximity to the general public.

Another useful feature is one that several radios have, but most radio operators never use
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199 Channels with Alpha Tags
At the time of the standoff in Oregon some pictures were published of the operators with Baofeng clipped to the chest rig -- operating frequency displayed. Not a wise choice to give away 'any' information. In an actual operation your radios should be programmed to display a simple - TAC1, TAC2, TAC?
I'd go one step further and suggest a person with knowledge (and tools to program) be appointed as "Comm Officer" programming any operational radios. NO - the list should NOT be available to those not directly "Needing to know" nor would the frequencies ever be mentioned over the air or telephone.

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Unfortunately, frequencies are easily determined with inexpensive and easy to use equipment. Handheld frequency counters, or even $25 SDR receivers plugged into a laptop.

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Nice. I a just configuring my radio bags with lower end equipment to complete the kits first, then once I get the kits sorted out with batteries antennas and cables that will work with those applications, then upgrade radios later.

In the realm of Baofeng is the Juentai 6188 and a few upgrade versions which mainly intended as vehicle mount radios pushing 25 watts. Something to look out for them is they get physically hot, which is an issue if used inside a nylon/foam type carry bag. There are a couple of 10 watt radios which have decent features but don't get as hot. I recently switched one of those downgrade radios into a bag radio kit that stays in a bugout vehicle.

This stuff is still pretty complex for me to deal with but I am slowly getting it.

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I've read some of the stuff you've talked about on the manpack radio issue. Sounds really cool. Any pictures you could share?

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I have a few versions of the base model on my YouTube channel, survivaltechnord is working on a more advanced setup. Right now I am trying to organize the "black bag" layout sets of urban stuff which is primarily civilian in appearance, but it's lower end and relatively untested gear, nothing to brag about but if you pm me some contact info again I can send a few pictures.

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Your PM box is full breacher...

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I use primarily the YAESU FT270 and the FT60. The 270 is a 2m only opened up to utilize MURS. The 60 is also opened up to utilize MURS and it is 70cm capable as well. I have 3 Baofeng UV-B5 radios which doesn't really hold up well with hard use and rigorous training. So now I have 3 $40 paper weights. If you are buying any radio buy QUALITY, like YAESU, ALINCO, ICOM,MOTOROLA etc. The Baofengs are a good introductory radio but I wouldn't bet my life on them.
Just my .02

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Husker,

I had specific reasons for recommending the Anytone.

Yes, it's built in China, but their build quality is good enough that they now manufacture several of Alinco's radios. So, they're a decent rig...not a mil spec Moto but good enough to do the job.

Also, remember that listening is THE most important facet of emergency communications. The Anytone will cover a huge chunk of the radio spectrum. ...just like the Much more expensive Kenwood TF-6 or Yaesu VX8R. It also has a very wide transmit coverage right out of the box.

The mobile 25 watt radios Breacher mentions will reach out a little farther (maybe) than the ANYtone; but, they will use a lot more power requiring bigger and heavier battery packs. They're better used in a mobile or base configuration.

You would be better off using a more effective antenna if you need more range. IE: if you just got to reach out and touch someone...climb up a hill and use a small portable beam aimed at the intended target. When it comes to range the antenna is much more important than raw horsepower.

[ 04-20-2017, 01:38 PM: Message edited by: ConSigCor ]

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