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[*] posted on 6-28-2018 at 08:05 AM

A 5/8 wavelength antenna typically has a gain factor of about 2 dB due to the directivity of the radiation. That excludes losses from coaxial connectors and feedlines. The 2 dB factor is a power (watt) multiplier. For a 5 watt output radio that would result in approximately 10 watts effective radiated power (ERP). The simple rubber ducky or tiny whip does not increase ERP, but reduces it. 5/8 wavelength antennas for mobile use are common and much more effective than a simple whip antenna. If you need greater distance on VHF freqs look at the antenna.

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[*] posted on 6-28-2018 at 10:56 AM

Thanks everyone for the antenna advise -- I will go bigger and see what that does. I broadcast around MHz.

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[*] posted on 6-28-2018 at 07:37 PM

Got the Baofeng today. There are a million videos on YouTube for "programming" the thing. Some are like 1.5hrs long, lol. They talk about using a cable to do it with your laptop. None where helpful.

If anyone wants to set one up fast, here's the one you want. It can be done in 2 mins.

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