Basic 2 Meter Ht for Emergency Ops

Discussion in 'Ham Radio Discussions' started by N2CFT, Jul 12, 2019.

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  1. N3HGB

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  2. WB2WIK

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    I honestly didn't read all the responses but to me, the most important thing in any communications "emergency kit" is to use it frequently.

    There's a reason CD/RACES "drills" used to occur every single week. "Operator training" was a very small part of that reason -- the real reason was to assure the equipment actually worked if needed.

    Putting something in a "kit" in storage for months at a time assures nothing.
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  3. K3UJ

    K3UJ Ham Member QRZ Page

    Besides the 2M HT, I'd also get a portable broadcast receiver. Something pocket sized that runs on AA batteries. Maybe with SW as well.
    I like my C Crane Skywave. AM/FM/SW, weather, air. Under $100 and small.
  4. N4FZ

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  5. WA9SVD

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    WHICH models work on alkaline batteries???
  6. KK6NOH

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    Any of them that fit the standard UV5R extended battery pack.

    Very first one on amazon. Look around if you want a better price. It uses 5 AA and a single battery eliminator that comes with it. You don't need the battery eliminator if you use the slightly lower voltage NI-MH aa batteries.
  7. KE0TNL

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    I use a Kenwood th-k20a. Has a impact resistant body.
  8. WA9SVD

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    The Kenwoods may well be impact resistant, but I'd MUCH rather drop a Baofeng from the top of a tower, than a Kenwood...:D
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  9. KE0TNL

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    @WA9SVD that's a very weird way to ensure you get into a repeater but whatever works. I don't drop things from towers so I guess I don't really have that issue or worry. :D:cool::rolleyes:
  10. WA9SVD

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    I'm puzzled. I WAS responding to a post (above) about the ruggedness of Kenwood H-T's, which I do not deny. But if I'm on a tower, I would be truly upset IF I had the misfortune to drop a Kenwood H-T for whatever reason. If I had a Baofeng instead, I would be upset if it was dropped, but certainly not emotionally or economically as much so. I don't see where repeaters are involved. I certainly don't drop things when working on a tower on purpose, and take as many precautions as possible.. I guess you have never had :oops:accidents.:rolleyes: Or worked on towers?:rolleyes:

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