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Communication - Radios

Communication - Radios & Antennas

The Light Foot Militia recommends that all members obtain a handheld (mobile) HAM Amateur Radio supporting the following frequency range and become familiar with its operation *before* you need it:

VHF:136.000 MHz through 174.000 MHz (Rx/Tx)
UHF:400.000MHz through 480.000 MHz (Rx/Tx)

Optional USB to Radio programming cables for either of the following units allow the use of programming software which makes it easier to program in hundreds of pre-set channels into memory and program multiple radios in a group identically. Additionally, most Mobile HAM radios have detachable antennas which allows the use of larger, full sized and ground mounted full wave antennas for better performance if necessary

There are many low cost *mobile* HAM radio's available in a wide range of prices but we recommend members have at a minimum one of the following. These can be purchased directly from sites such as Amazon.com. Current prices as of 11/01/2016

Baofeng UV-5R Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 5 Watt Transmit - $26
Baofeng UV-5R+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 5 Watt Transmit - $30
Baofeng UV-5R V2+ Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 5 Watt Transmit - $33
Baofeng BF-8FHP Dual-Band 136-174/400-480 MHz - 8 Watt Transmit - $64
Baofeng UV-5R Extra original UV-5R battery - $8

   

PRO's
  Low cost
  Works very well and does everything you need it to.
  Small package
  Long rechargeable battery life (36 hrs)
  Removable antenna
  Easy to clone programing channels

CON's
   Not water resistant

 
Optional Antennas can greatly improve transmit and receive range.

 

XP-669C 7.5-Inch - Dual Band SMA-F Antenna For Baofeng Radios - $11

Also available in 11.5" - Available at Amazon.com
   
   

KB9VBR Antennas - 2 Meter amateur radio J-Pole Antenna - $34

Available at Jpole-Antenna.com
   
   

MPD Digital - SMA Female to PL259 Female RG58 Adapter Cable - $19

Available at Amazon.com
   
   

Nelson Antennas - Deluxe Roll Up J-Pole/Slim Jim Antenna - $28

Available at Ebay.com
   

For detailed radio information go to Radio Communications
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