I'm a happy rino user but i can't find a durable shoulder mic for the single pin and i don't have any friends willing to spend $400+ on the Garmin. It is so nice being able to track down friends with the Garmin!
I have the license to operate on GMRS(my rino is dual band) so, unless there is something else making the baofeng unlawful, wattage? Frequencies? I should be able to legally operate it.Leave your Rino on your sled as your "legal" transmitting radio and have a Baofeng in your pack with a shoulder mic for your "emergency" radio. Officially only transmit from your Rino and listen on your Baofeng.
I have the license to operate on GMRS(my rino is dual band) so, unless there is something else making the baofeng unlawful, wattage? Frequencies? I should be able to legally operate it.
good info thanksI have been doing a lot of work in this area and have learned much.
Many Baofeng radios are only 5 watt even if advertised at higher. To be sure of the spec go to the Baofeng website https://www.baofengradio.com/ and see which models they promote, only those can you be sure about. Other models may be solid but sold by a third party and may not be approved in your country. I have one such radio and it is good only it is 5 watts and was sold as 8 watts. Here is an example of another similar radio but likely only 5Watts. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/1005001510193338.html?spm=a2g0s.90423126.96.36.199aef4c4dH6KiXI
They all seem to program with Chirp software but as a UV-5R model.
Next is antennas. There are lots of knock of antennas too and they load up the radio and the power just does not get out. The Nagoya Original NA-771 have tested out good for me. https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32817805833.html?spm=a2g0s.90423188.8.131.52aef4c4dH6KiXI
I tried the knock off NA-771 and they were usable but worse SWR when tested on my meter.
Definitely these longer antennas do make reception better, more so than looking for more power.
Hope that helps.