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Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:29 PM

Just ordered this cheap little radio

I don't expect a lot, but for $16 how bad can it be? (Knock on wood).

Direct entry SW, AM, FM. Runs on an old Nokia rechargable cell phone battery. Built in SD card recorder, so you can record what you picked up.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B077RV2H31/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00__o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Reply Just ordered this cheap little radio (Original post)
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 OP
Nostrings Feb 2019 #1
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #2
His Daughter Feb 2019 #3
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #4
His Daughter Feb 2019 #11
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #15
His Daughter Feb 2019 #16
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #18
la_tech Feb 2019 #27
MeatSandwich Feb 2019 #25
wonderwarthog Feb 2019 #33
MeatSandwich Feb 2019 #34
D26-15 Feb 2019 #6
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #7
D26-15 Feb 2019 #12
His Daughter Feb 2019 #9
D26-15 Feb 2019 #10
His Daughter Feb 2019 #13
MeatSandwich Feb 2019 #26
His Daughter Feb 2019 #28
MeatSandwich Feb 2019 #29
wonderwarthog Feb 2019 #31
wonderwarthog Feb 2019 #32
D26-15 Feb 2019 #5
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #8
D26-15 Feb 2019 #14
WhiskeyMakesMeHappy Feb 2019 #17
foia Feb 2019 #19
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #20
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #21
D26-15 Feb 2019 #22
Currentsitguy Feb 2019 #23
D26-15 Feb 2019 #24
wonderwarthog Feb 2019 #30

Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:33 PM

1. I like it.

The SD card slot is an interesting feature.

I imagine that would make it quite useful for taking podcasts with you on the go and such, if you're going to be somewhere without internet.



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Response to Nostrings (Reply #1)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:38 PM

2. Kind of what I am thinking

I did a little reading on the power consumption. It's low enough theoretically it should run indefinitely on this solar charging panel I have.



I figure in a power outage it may be quite useful.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:42 PM

3. No external antenna?

Where did you find it?

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:53 PM

4. I've been doing a lot of reading recently.

Suddenly the market is flooded with these cheap little radios. I believe they are using the same chipset that is in the cheap little Software Defined Radios people are adapting out of a European Spec USB TV Tuner that goes for about $20.


I found this one on Amazon, so at least it ships domestically. I'm not as worried about the external antenna jack. I've got one of these reel antennas that clips onto the whip and I've had decent results over the years with it.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #4)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:11 PM

11. I have never tried a clip on

Dad always did the heavy lifting for antennas and such. Anything in particular I need to know and what brand do you like? Hubby is working on his license now. It is more work for a history major than us STEM types.

Local 2m repeater is nearby and not blocked so I can join the weekly net, but I will need a mast for anything serious at this location.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #11)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:22 PM

15. If you are just looking to just dip your toes in on 2M without a huge outlay

Have a look at the Baofeng UV-5R. It's a full 2M handheld for $25!

https://www.amazon.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-Dual-Radio-Black/dp/B007H4VT7A

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:41 PM

16. We have a couple of Baofengs now and they work, forget what model.

Dad had a couple of older HTs as well. We used them all the time on the property before we got decent cell service. Here in AZ, the local 2m repeater is located in another direction so it is not blocked by the nearby ridge.

I have looked at putting portable rigs in our vehicles. Apparently nobody installs them professionally anymore. May have to go to a hamfest to find an installer who can do a decent job. I wince at cutting a hole in a vehicle, but ground planes matter.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:53 PM

18. Based upon what you have said in previous posts

I have a good idea where you are in AZ. Given the distances between outposts of civilization and the lack of decent rural cell coverage, ham rigs make a lot of sense for a whole host of reasons. A breakdown on a low maintenance, low traffic, Indian Road in the middle of summer could very quickly turn into a life threatening situation. I know when I drove from Page, AZ to Marble Canyon and then down to Flagstaff it was in the low 100's and not a lot of cars until I got nearer to town.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #16)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:02 PM

27. Try putting one .....

in a fiberglass trunk thinking it was metal. 2001 Mustang. Luckily I did not panic and started looking for solutions. Aluminum foil tape worked wonderfully.

As for professional installation for those not wanting to cut a hole for the NMO ... look for commercial 2 way radio shops. Ask your fire / police departments. Someone is installing their radios and its the same thing.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #15)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 03:37 PM

25. I have a Kenwood TH-K2 2m which I've had for years.

Only 5 watts out, but enough to hit the local repeater.

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Response to MeatSandwich (Reply #25)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:25 PM

33. Yaesu FT-60R handheld

Works wonderful for me, Diamond antenna.

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Response to wonderwarthog (Reply #33)

Wed Feb 13, 2019, 01:28 AM

34. Diamond is an absolutely GREAT antenna.

I still have mine in the garage, since I took the 2 meter out of the truck.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #3)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:00 PM

6. Yes, it has an external antenna... it's that shiny little chrome thing.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:02 PM

7. I think she meant a jack to plug in a secondary external.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #7)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:13 PM

12. Yes, my Tecsun PL-660 has the external antenna jack...

but you can do the same thing with a length of wire, just wrap or alligator clip it to the supplied antenna.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:07 PM

9. You know what I meant

Right now the house we rent is tucked in near a ridge. Good wind cover but about 180 degrees is blocked. If I want to get any RF it is going to need a serious tower or a lot of coax to a ridge mounted antenna. Where we are looking at building its more open but the winds...

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:09 PM

10. Sorry... couldn't pass it up.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #10)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:15 PM

13. And I am taking it in the spirit with which it was intended

With the weather being so poor and TV of little interest, we have been looking at getting some RF gear up and running. Dad left me his shack back in CA. We brought the equipment, but left the antenna. Current location, as I have indicated, has something to be desired in terms of reception.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #9)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 03:41 PM

26. The problem with running a lot of coax is that you lose signal over distance.

Try to keep the run as short as possible. With that said, a simple G5RV (inverted V) might be a simple solution if you're going to be running HF. For 2m, I highly recommend the outbacker antenna on a telephone pole.

Just a few thoughts.

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Response to MeatSandwich (Reply #26)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 05:51 PM

28. For us it depends if we stay in this location

We are renting a house that the owners desperately want us to buy. Not willing to invest in a tower for the site until final decisions are made. My guess is we will build nearby by and maybe buy this one as well. Have to see just how much of a cowboy hubby wants to be.

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #28)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 10:52 AM

29. A G5RV is an Inverted Vee (dipole) antenna that can be

mounted from a tree limb or other similar structure. It is fairly thin wire (52 feet on each side). I use one and have easily received and sent signals worldwide. About a hundred bucks, give or take.

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Response to MeatSandwich (Reply #29)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:20 PM

31. Nice!

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Response to His Daughter (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:23 PM

32. I was in a "bowl" like that



Now am near a hilltop!

Major difference.


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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 12:59 PM

5. I've had one for about two weeks now. Great little radio.

You're REALLY going to be surprised at the sound quality.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:06 PM

8. I keep reading that in review after review.

How is the battery life? I have a few of those external USB cell phone charger battery packs. I was thinking they may extend the life a bit in day to day use.

These little gadgets:

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #8)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:19 PM

14. Good battery life. I've played with this one quite a bit since I got it...

and never ran it down completely. I just charge mine with my phone charger.

I topped it off when I first got it, then again after about a week.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 01:52 PM

17. That's pretty neat!

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:08 PM

19. Is there something similar that runs on AA batteries?

I like the record to microSD feature.

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Response to foia (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:25 PM

20. Wonder Warthog posted on this one

https://www.discussionist.com/101910332

It doesn't record, however.

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Response to foia (Reply #19)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:33 PM

21. For what it's worth, however

Two spare higher capacity batteries and an external charger can be had in the $10-$12 range.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:54 PM

22. BTW, if you don't know what that little plastic thingy is on the lanyard,

don't throw it away. It plugs into a slot in the battery compartment cover

to make a neat little kickstand for the radio. They don't tell you that in the

users guide.

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Response to D26-15 (Reply #22)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:56 PM

23. I did see that in some of the reviews

They seem rather mixed on how well it works at best

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Response to Currentsitguy (Reply #23)

Mon Feb 11, 2019, 02:59 PM

24. It works fine for what it is.

I picked it up from the 'Two Hands and a Radio' guy on one of his reviews.

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Response to Currentsitguy (Original post)

Tue Feb 12, 2019, 11:19 PM

30. VERY cool!


Where was this when I was staying up all night listening to Art Bell?



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