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I like to use 2 way radios when i hunt with head pieces so i can whisper to my hunting partner without having to talk. I also think its a safety thing so we know where each other are. I really like the Baofeng UV5R becasue it covers the ham bands and the FRS/GMRS bands. The FRS/GMRS bands are those little walmart special radios that everyone uses. The radios have multiple battery pack options and antennae and head piece options. I recommend the extended battery pack which will last a couple days. If you pack in you can get a couple battery packs and pre charge them up. It also have a built in flashlight which has saved by butt after staying out to late without a flashlight. It has a built in FM radio as well which is cool in the tent back at camp. They go for 50 bucks a piece or around 65 bucks with the extended battery pack. They come with an ear piece but have other options like those "secret service" style headpieces. You can also get a cable to program channels using your computer. I programmed mine with the same channels as the FRS/GMRS radios.

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Interest  radio, Minnesota doesn't allow the use of two way radios for hunting, but as the kids were growing up I was more concerned with the safety aspect than a cranky game warden. And it turned out two years after my kids started hunting Minnesota legalized radios for safety.
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You can actually get this radio for as little as $30 on amazon.

It was designed to be used on the amateur frequencies (2m and 440 band) but the transceiver also operates on FRS/GMRS frequencies.

Technically, it is illegal to transmit on this radio on FRS/GMRS frequencies because it is not FCC part 95 certified as it pertains to FRS and GMRS use.

GMRS FCC and FRS code sections:

§95.129 Station equipment.

Every station in a GMRS system must use transmitters the FCC has certificated for use in the GMRS. Write to any FCC Field Office to find out if a particular transmitter has been certificated for the GMRS. All station equipment in a GMRS system must comply with the technical rules in part 95.

§95.194 (FRS Rule 4) FRS units.

(a) You may only use an FCC certified FRS unit. (You can identify an FCC certified FRS unit by the label placed on it by the manufacturer.)

(b) You must not make, or have made, any internal modification to an FRS unit. Any internal modification cancels the FCC certification and voids your authority to operate the unit in the FRS.

(c) You may not attach any antenna, power amplifier, or other apparatus to an FRS unit that has not been FCC certified as part of that FRS unit. There are no exceptions to this rule and attaching any such apparatus to a FRS unit cancels the FCC certification and voids everyone's authority to operate the unit in the FRS.

(d) FRS units are prohibited from transmitting data in store-and-forward packet operation mode.




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That being said, I own one of these radios and it is the best $30 you will ever spend, although I use mine on the amateur bands that it is certified for (and where the unit really shines), because I'm a licensed amateur radio operator.


If you guys are interested in becoming licensed, I can walk you through how to get it done. It's very easy to pass the FCC technician license exam.

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That being said, I own one of these radios and it is the best $30 you will ever spend, although I use mine on the amateur bands that it is certified for (and where the unit really shines), because I'm a licensed amateur radio operator.

What is the range of this radio?

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It's very easy to pass the FCC technician license exam.

Agree - this site helped me with the exam prep: http://www.qrz.com/hamtest/
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On GMRS freqs its a little longer in range than my Midland GMRS radios but clearer. 
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Check this out you can add a repeater in your truck!!  80 Bucks

[RT-SRC1_uv5r]  
The key features of RT-SRC1+ ( Upgrade Version ) :


Up to 120 seconds record capacity ( excellent sound quality )
  
Works with most popular FRS, PMR, Amateur radios
  
Allows user to change the DTMF remote control password
  
Operates on both build-in battery and external DC 12V power supply
  
DTMF remote control repeater function ON and OFF with password protection
  
Build-in rechargeable battery support 36 hours long life operation

[RT-SRC1c] 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/370616486856





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I purchased this USB charger stand today to try it with my portable solar panel. 

http://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KDAAEXU?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00

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The charger came today i'll give it a test tomorrow.

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Here's a video on how to use the chirp software to program the radios.


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I found this guys video helpful on getting the driver to work for the programming USB cable.


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The USB chargers worked fine on my last hunt charging with my portable solar charger. Also the radios worked great and a couple of new guys to the area actually used the emergency blinking lights. They got a little turned around and ended up a few miles from there truck and headed in the wrong direction and got caught in the dark. We had radio contact and were able to spot there blinking beacon in the dark and walked them into our truck. 
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My friends and I have been using this radio for 3 years.  We use them on prairie dog hunts.  We walk and bag down, so are times when we are moving positions, and cannot see each other.  We use it to make sure we have safe firing lanes, so as not to endanger each other.  They have always worked great.  As always, Line of sight is important, we get about 2 miles of range out of them.
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My friends and I have been using this radio for 3 years.  We use them on prairie dog hunts.  We walk and bag down, so are times when we are moving positions, and cannot see each other.  We use it to make sure we have safe firing lanes, so as not to endanger each other.  They have always worked great.  As always, Line of sight is important, we get about 2 miles of range out of them.



Years later do you still use them? 

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