Love 'em or hate 'em...Baofengs are going up in price due to tariffs...

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  1. K7JOE

    K7JOE Ham Member QRZ Page

    Several ham retailers are touting "pre-tariff" pricing on Baofeng and other chinese origin transceivers. While supplies last.... No politics - Just the facts.

    Baofengs and end-feds... two phenomenon of the cb-to-extra in a day modern day realities of ham radio!!!

    https://ig.ft.com/us-china-tariffs/
     
  2. W5TTW

    W5TTW Ham Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    I ordered the $49 FT8 only DimSum transceiver from China a few weeks ago. Fully automated, unattended operation. (Except for uploading the .adi to LOTW.) Can't wait for it to arrive!
     
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  3. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Wow, that's a lot of troll-bait for a single thread. :eek:
     
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  4. W3WN

    W3WN Ham Member QRZ Page

    Only one? Didn't you know? "With 6, You Get Eggroll!" :rolleyes:
     
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  5. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    With all due respect, I'm a "20-WPM Extra" since 1997, and a ham since 1974. My primary mode is CW - does that make me legitimate enough?

    I own a number of Baofengs - all around my property (barn, garage, shop, truck, etc.) - a helluva lot cheaper to lose falling into brambles or a puddle than a amartphone when yakking with my wife (also a ham). We use them as a property-wide "intercom system" to stay in touch while I'm doing chores.

    My first meaningful antenna in 1975 was a 75' "end fed" wire, and I used one for a number of years thereafter, including in 1997 when I lived in a condo and needed something stealth. In all three cases, I had no other options available but managed to work the world, on CW, as a General, and later an Extra (20-WPM sort of Extra, since that appears to matter to you)

    I get tired of these insulting sorts of posts implying that anyone who would use a Baofeng or an end-fed antenna are "Extra in a day".

    Give it a rest. This is just a troll post, IMO.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  6. KK5JY

    KK5JY Ham Member QRZ Page

    Ew, another 60's movie trying to pretend that the 60's weren't happening. :oops:
     
  7. KL7KN

    KL7KN Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'm curious Dave
    There is a "Report" button on each post. If you click on the button you get a screen, a fill the reason for reporting the post.

    So, here's the question.... If you were to fill in the box with "This is a blatant trolling post" - would the Mods lock or remove the post?
     
  8. W7UUU

    W7UUU QRZ Lifetime Member #133 Life Member Platinum Subscriber QRZ Page

    It's simply a discussion. Troll posts are not usually a cause to lock a thread. I fully know how the "report" function works. But IMO this thread is not in the "report" category.

    My reply is in response to the ludicrous claim that apparently only "Extra in a day" hams would deign to use a Baofeng or an end-fed antenna.

    No reason to "report" his post. But at the same time, I'm not going to sit by and not coment that it's just trollish, insulting, and not accurate.

    Dave
    W7UUU
     
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  9. W4IOA

    W4IOA Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd like to be an extra in a day, so far my searches in Cracker Jack boxes have been futile.
    A Baofung would just be another unused ht radio lying around here although one with am/fm and a flashlight does intrigue me......
    I hung up a end fed wire and used it for a bit, it was meh. I was into "roll your own" antennas for a bit but soon discovered I was no William Orr.
     
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  10. WD4IGX

    WD4IGX Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    Heck, you could just have 'em talk to each other and rack up the QSOs!

    Please tell me the FT8 only fully automated $49 transceiver is a joke. Please?
     
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