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A Must For the Bug Out Bag - Baofeng BF-F8HP


First Hurricane Harvey, now Irma is on the way. Now is the time to pack the bug out bag. Here's a $62 item you shouldn't be without. The Baofeng BF-F8HP

Ok I know you're supposed to be a licensed HAM to use one of these, but you don't need a license to listen and let's face it......if your town is underwater the FCC isn't exactly going to rush right over and hand you a ticket for talking on one. I'm going to guess you'll get a pass.

Granted it is only an 8 watt radio and it covers the two bands that a Technician Class Ham Radio operator would talk on, the 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands. The joy of this is that when the internet goes out, and the cell phones crash Ham Radio has ALWAYS been the fallback for emergency communications. Also most localities have Ham Radio clubs which have something called repeaters. Your 8 watt radio can reach several miles then the repeater rebroadcasts your transmission. I routinely talk to people 50 or more miles away from me. Those people also manage emergency traffic.

This is just one more vital piece of equipment for when the defecation hits the rotating device. Also this radio has an FM band so you can listen to local radio as well but you can't transmit in that range. Here are the VHF and UHF ranges.

136-174MHz VHF

400-520MHz UHF

Now get a load of this. This may not work for you but look at the frequency range of my local emergency services. ALL OF THOSE (except one) are coverable by this radio.

You can add all of those stations to memory (or just the ones you want) and the BF-F8HP can scan through them. Think about what I am saying.

A $62 Police Scanner, Weather Radio, Ham Radio, and TRANSMITTER all rolled up into one. I'm not sure how you can NOT afford to have one of these in your emergency kit. Also with added software and a Programming Cable you can EASILY add repeater stations and program in channels. Buy the cable if you get one of these. You'll thank me.

You NEED this radio. Even if you aren't a HAM and can't legally transmit, you NEED this radio. Got a kid? Make them take the test to get a license. Costs $15 and takes some effort but not the end of the world. Heck I got a license. If I can do it, anyone can.

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