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Hey Guys,

Just looking to pick up a two way radio for while we are off roading.

A friend suggested BaoFeng. Thoughts? Suggestions? Things to look at or avoid?

Thanks in advance!
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I just use my bearcat 680 CB. Nothing fancy. Helps when I'm on the road too. Get to talk to a ton of great truckers out there.
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You have to have a license to use the Baofeng Ham radio.

Unless you want to get into Ham, I would suggest a simple pair of 'Family' (FRS) radios (modern version of the kids walkie talkie) or you could go with the above CB suggestion (Cobra Road Trip HH for temp or hard mount a full size).

If you want to go Ham, Yaesu is much better (and much more costly) than the Baofeng.
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You have to have a license to use the Baofeng Ham radio.



Unless you want to get into Ham, I would suggest a simple pair of 'Family' (FRS) radios (modern version of the kids walkie talkie) or you could go with the above CB suggestion (Cobra Road Trip HH for temp or hard mount a full size).



If you want to go Ham, Yaesu is much better (and much more costly) than the Baofeng.


Do you have a Ham license? I wouldn’t mind getting into it but my time is a little thin right now between work and tow kids under four.

I hear the first test is not overly hard.


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I too am strapped for time with work and family.

I have been considering getting my license for a long time, but haven't pulled the trigger yet.

Look to ARRL for guidance

I do have a Yaesu VX-8DR (discontinued now, was ~$500 about 4 yrs ago) and Baofeng UV5RA (only $21 now) radios for when the time comes

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That baofeng handheld unit doesnt have terribly far distance so I wouldnt worry about a license. We use the VHF frequencies for our lemons race team, hell, everyone there does.

We also use them for the offroading, but I have a dedicated radio in my offroad rig. Those work great, great range out of 50W radios.

For the 25 bucks the baofeng ones are, I would go that route. They work well and pickup emergency stations so they are a scanner as well.
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How will you be using them? What features do you require? Do you need full-on racing headsets or just casual comms for the kids?

I use ICOM and Yaesu equipment - I've used Kenwood in the past - all great stuff but can be expensive. The chinese stuff is crazy inexpensive! But just like anything else, you get what you pay for..........

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