I really saw a need for “repeater” capability when a bunch of individuals got together and all they had was handheld radios. Distance and Line-of-sight always limited their usefulness. And when it came to responding to a disaster or emergency situation handheld radios are virtually essential. But once again, they have limited transmit and receive capability.
When I stumbled upon the Baofeng UV-5R handheld radios <click for more info> a few years ago I knew I had in my hands an invaluable resource for “preparedness”, especially after “grid-down.” I cannot stress enough what the ability to communicate will mean then or even during less dramatic disaster situations, or even while hunting or camping. I was aware of “repeater” technology through my government day-job but it was appeared to expensive and complicated.
When I first got my Ham radio license I began my search for…
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