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need help with comms, what to buy

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Hello my team and i will be going to BH3 this year and are trying to purchase good comms. We are currently using Motorola Talkabouts because our fields in Miami are nowhere as big as the ones everywhere else. A couple of us use msa sordins and in order to communicate with the Talkabout users we bought the Toy Solider PRC-148 replicas so that covered us for a bit. Eveyones knowledge on radios is slim to none. So i guess this is the requirements:

 

-the radios would have to be able to use mea sardines and other generic headsets

-easy to program or easy to learn

- and of course not the craziest price tag.

-rechargeable and replaceable batteries

 

i don't know what else i should look for when buying radios so some tips on that would be awesome as well.

 

Thanks,

Brandon

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Baofeng uv-5r. Great radio for your buck. Upgrade battery ($15) and antenna ($7) and your golden. It's easy to program once you learn how. (Learned in YouTube) accepts most Kenwood 2 pin connectors fit your headset or ptt.

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Baofeng uv-5r. Great radio for your buck. Upgrade battery ($15) and antenna ($7) and your golden. It's easy to program once you learn how. (Learned in YouTube) accepts most Kenwood 2 pin connectors fit your headset or ptt.

thanks man but i couldn't find any ppt that would work with our Msa sordin headsets with that radio. could anyone link me one please? 

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Baofeng uv-5r. Great radio for your buck. Upgrade battery ($15) and antenna ($7) and your golden. It's easy to program once you learn how. (Learned in YouTube) accepts most Kenwood 2 pin connectors fit your headset or ptt.

nevermind i believe we found it. just to be sure is this it?

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/181107522057?lpid=82

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I'm not familar with Sordins, but that PTT should work fine with any Baofeng radio.

 

You might also look at the UV-B5, also by Baofeng. I haven't used one personally (yet, I'll pick one up before OBH3), but from what I'm reading they have a better receiver, and are a little more durable. I like the fact that they have a physical channel knob instead of buttons on the keypad. The down side is that they don't have the extended batteries like the UV-5R. 

 

Regardless of which radio you go with, buy an after market antenna. Stock antennas are horrible for any radio (even $400 ham HTs). Look at Comet, MFJ, or a dozen other brands. Good antennas will give you a 'gain' value, usually measured in dbi. The higher the gain the better.

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Now you've piqued MY interest. If somebody could PM me links to find the essentials for these radios that'd be awesome!

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could someone as well pm me website where I can get Bofang UV-B5 and its after market parts

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If you wanted really simple  you could pick up some BF-888s.  they are a little lower on power than  UV-5R but they have no buttons to messup just a channel knob on the top with 16 selections.  Program them via computer and roll out with 16 presets. You can get whole sets of them for dirt cheap

 

http://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-BF-888S-Two-Radio-Pack/dp/B00ECWE4WC/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1428715709&sr=8-3&keywords=bf-888

 

Then pick up a baofeng programing cable

 

http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-Programming-Cable-BAOFENG-BF-888S/dp/B00CP0I474/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428715737&sr=8-1&keywords=baofeng+programming+cable

 

Download a program called CHIRP

 

http://chirp.danplanet.com/

 

 

Just make sure you do your homework and don't start transmitting on frequencies you shouldnt' be on.

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thanks man but i couldn't find any ppt that would work with our Msa sordin headsets with that radio. could anyone link me one please?

 

Here is a link to an amped PTT which is what you need to power the mic on your headset. Personally, I prefer the Wouxon radios for this, it just seems to work better. I don't know the science behind it...

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Amplify-Nexus-U94-A-Sordin-Comtac-MBITR-Kenwood-radio-K-type-Grade-A-/181107522057?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2a2ad97a09

 

This is the radio I use, you want the V2 as its the newest version.

 

http://www.mtcradio.com/wouxun-kg-uv6d-v2-dual-band-vhf-uhf-199-channel-handheld-commercial-radio-w-2-5-step/?fullSite=1

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