Cheap Amateur Handhelds

Discussion in 'Electronics & Electrics' started by @rt, Feb 14, 2014.

  1. stewpot

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    I've set up a UV-3R and a Wouxun using the manufacturers software, so I'm guessing the UV-5R software is equally shite. Chirp is your friend.

    Also, more info on drivers here: http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Drivers.php
     
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    OK, Thanks for the reply :)
    I figured out it was a later prolific driver required for the USB/serial interface cable,
    and a later version of the Boefeng software for 64 bit computers.

    I've got some channels programmed now, just haven't figured out how to turn off transmit for police freqs, etc.

    Befroe even looking I'll take it that Chirp is a third party that did a better job.
    I'm interested in finding out about the communication protocol to send to the unit.
     
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    Chirp's all open source, so you should be in luck re the protocol.
     
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    Lol, yes, I'm already on it :) cheers.
     
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    Use Chirp, and only Chirp (if you value your sanity).

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    Already onto it 2x, the Mac version, which I imagine is derived from the same source.
    Not much I can really do yet, I might as well use the other fellows radio tomorrow,
    I'll be licensed real soon tho! :) It did ok on UHF CB, but too many fools on it of course.


     
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    Doh! To prevent transmit on a freq like police,
    It should be possible to set tx freq to something stupid like CB Ch 40.
     
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    Bugger that anyway.. this is a transceiver:
    [​IMG]

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8g9CR61VXU

    Got it two days ago, and brought it back to life today. Receiving on all bands including AM broadcast.
    I just have to hope RF output valve is good, as I don't currently have anything to load the antenna with,
    but it is my feeling all is well.

    Top speed 10.5 MHz :) I'm interested much more in propagation than repeaters.

    Dick Smith did his apprenticeship with Weston Electronics (Sydney).
    He could have wound one of these transformers.
     
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    I may have some parts for that I think I have a good microphone and if I have not tossed out the remote base control unit it will have knobs the same as yours I have also some weston mobile radios now where they are is the question!
     
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    Cool if you dig anything up where the radio is not salvageable I'd appreciate the parts, even pay you some money for them.
    One knob won't save it though, a couple of them are cracked and waiting to go.
    I would replace all, rather than have any odd one.

    The microphone is familiar, and the same mould has been branded Shure, and AWA,
    and possibly more.

    Dick Smith is on the lookout for LM18 (Land Mobile 18), so be careful what you toss out or demolish ;)

    If all is well and this ends up in use it will be internally modified,
    but bringing the cabinet back would be sweet :)
     
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    Another find at an op shop today...
    Someone must have passed away for this one to become available I think.
    It's as if it's been in a box for some 35 years, but the volume control is
    crackly, and main dial light bulb is blown, so obviously did get some use.

    "The Frog" Late 70's.. full coverage up to 30MHz.

    [​IMG]
     
  12. LINUX

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    Saw this thread linked on the front page; just dropping by to say good on you for getting into amateur radio and hope you enjoy it :).

    If you chuck us a PM when you get on 40m I'll try and introduce you to a few of the regulars (those of us under 40yo anyway).
     
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    Call me on my bladeRF. My number is 466MHz. ;)
     
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    Oh man I can't hack the CB allocation here dohzer!
    "Radio check... Yeah your radio's not fucn working C**nt!"

    Not into any elitist crap at all, but was so relieved to hear the order on the amateur bands.
    While I don't particularly get off on the formality of it all, I love how cordial it is.

    I began training last night LINUX, and they don't have to be under 40 years old ;)
    Some of the older folk at my club are extremely awesome.
    They are more than willing to talk, and all I have to do is steer the
    subject to where I want it to be!

    There is some hamfest thing coming up I'll get driven too, so I'll be on the lookout for one of this Yaesu's big Brothers :)










     
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    I like the Yaesu Paul, but I'll be competing with one of the guys driving me if I lookout for handheld gear!!
    Don't want to get left behind ;)

    I think he called it "Barkfest", but I might be spelling it wrong since I can't find anything with that spelling with Google.
     
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    got mine a month or so ago.. works very well and even works with some PTT gear and head set i have.. so very happy with it....
     
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    I'm going for assessment on Saturday, so maybe finally using it on amateur bands soon :D
     
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    Good luck!
    Got a call picked out yet? VK4ART is already allocated.

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    Yeah I checked it.. I'll have a better look tomorrow. I have a couple in mind, but not checked availability yet.
     

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