Cheap and Effective Mobile Ham Setup – No Drilling Required!

My first ham radio was an 8-watt handheld Baofeng BF-F8HP. Combined with a Nagoya NA-771 15.6″ whip antenna (pretty much the standard for HTs) and a Btech QHM22 speaker mic, I found I was easily able to get an audible signal with some slight noise hitting repeaters 20+ miles away and people didn’t have any trouble hearing me.

To program the handheld radio, I bought the BTECH PC03 FTDI Genuine USB Programming Cable and downloaded the free CHIRP software. I converted Gordo’s Top 100 repeater list from PDF to an Excel spreadsheet, then to a CSV template …

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Magnetic Mic Adapter Review

Since I’m driving a leased vehicle, I didn’t want to drill holes into the car to mount my ham radio microphone. I was very happy to find an adapter kit that slips over the round part of the microphone mount, creating a sturdy ferrous metal surface to attach to any magnetic mount. After having tried several other ideas and products, I highly recommend this simple solution. Buy yours online here: Magnetic Mic Part Number IPM-113.

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