Best Handheld Ham Radio 2020 | New Ham Radio Operators – WATCH THIS!

Best Handheld Ham Radio 2020 | New Ham Radio Operators – WATCH THIS!

Best Handheld Ham Radio 2020 – Recorded and for the New Ham Radio Operator, this is part of a series that I am calling the New Ham Workshop.

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  1. arthur zeller on December 3, 2020 at 8:05 pm

    i suggest do some research before hand then get what you feel works for you and that is user friendly in the field (formeRly KC2-BDC)

  2. Chris Busacco on December 3, 2020 at 8:06 pm

    Please, they are crap. go into a major city and tell me its a good radio.

  3. Samual Whittemore on December 3, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    Note on the UV-5R radios:
    Do not let this guy scare you. I own many of them. Have never broken one. The lithium batteries are great. The antenna is kind of crappy but if you are not on the fringes it works fine when compared with a better antenna. TIP: buy the Tri-Band version UV -5×3 for a little extra money and get the 1 1/4 meter band too. Basically it’s the same radio and uses the same batteries, accessories, etc.. It has the same case as well, so they look identical.

    Also these Baofeng radios have a HUGE transmit bandwidth. The other high end radios that he is promoting are limited to the ham frequencies ONLY. So no GMRS, NO FRS, etc..This is why I only buy Baofeng HT’s. Specifically the UV-5×3. For neighborhood watch group, boy scouts, etc.. Baofeng sells a 20-pack of UHF BF-888’s for $150(lithium ion batteries). Those radios are computer programmable only (no DTMF pad or LED screen) but make great throw away radios. Not because they suck, but because they only cost $7.50.

  4. Smokey on December 3, 2020 at 8:07 pm

    What do you mean license? I want a ham and a CB …2 way talkie …what do you recommend ?

  5. Richard Sage on December 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    YAESU quality has been going down lately the FT3 has horrible reviews

  6. Robert Pattinson on December 3, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Do radios come already programmed

  7. Brennon Milner on December 3, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Do scanners count as ham radios? I mean they still use VHF, UHF, and DMR🤷‍♂️. If so I just spent 900 on an SDS100, and as far as scanners and other handheld transceivers I’ve spent about 1,800 on all of them together. Baofeng quality just depends on the area and terrain your in-in my opinion. What would you say about the Helida CP-UV2000? I bought it for about $55 it came from like singapore but it’s been an absolutely amazing handheld, I’ve been using it for about a year and I carry it everyday. It’s also got a tri-band option! I would definitely recommend to early starters. I’m not licensed but I am a big enthusiast who works with the press as a photographer so these all come in handy to me🙌

  8. Joe Framo on December 3, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Jason you have a great platform on this topic for newham operator

  9. Enzo T on December 3, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    Since the Chinese military are present in Quebec Canada, I wouldn’t trust ANYTHING chinese made.

  10. mushy on December 3, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    I came here looking how to cook a ham

  11. Dg 27 on December 3, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    great video cheers sir

  12. Alex Agnick on December 3, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Retevis RT3s is a pain in the ass to program. No other complaints!

  13. David B. on December 3, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    What if you live in an area without any digital repeaters?

  14. Zodar # on December 3, 2020 at 8:22 pm

    I bought the cheapest radio i could find with the features i considered most necessary and enjoyed it for years. Don’t break the bank for your first radio.

  15. Bailey Stoner on December 3, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Well, thankfully you said "buy the highest priced one you could afford" because I was worried you were about to tell me not to have just bought a KX3 package for my first ham… which I would have done anyway 😹

  16. MrBreeze on December 3, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    FT-60r FTW.

  17. Andres Fernandez on December 3, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    Looking for a p25 phase 2 radio. Any recommendations?

  18. Austin Hallett on December 3, 2020 at 8:28 pm

    I wanted the Yaesu radio over the D-74 but I bought the Kenwood because I only have DSTAR repeaters in my area. However, I absolutely love my D-74. It is the most used radio in my fleet

  19. עופר הרשקוביץ on December 3, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Hi to you from Israel.
    My friends and I travel through the desert with HT devices.
    Don’t need another band. No other frequencies are listened to either.

    Which it is. We need a long transmission range.
    So which device is under $50 best for us?

  20. Jeffrey Harris on December 3, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Hello, I’m Ki6-EWF from Carson city navada, enjoying your channel I’m getting back into the hobby and great information

  21. A K on December 3, 2020 at 8:30 pm


  22. Zachary Van Oostenrijk on December 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    What are your thoughts on Tri-Band Yaesu VX-6R Submersible Amateur Ham Radio Transceiver (144/222/440)

  23. Walkyn West on December 3, 2020 at 8:31 pm

    Actually, HT stands for Handheld Transceiver. I really like my Baofeng UV-82HP. Easy to use, not so expensive that you’ll cry much if it would be lost or destroyed. Thanks for your videos.

  24. Pete Chamlee on December 3, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    Thanks for this video, Jason. I am N4MKX – [formerly WB5ZAF, licensed as a General back in the mid ’70s] I have been rather dormant on the bands for quite some time. I aspire to re-enter and acquire an HF rig [I gave all mine away some years ago to young hams] . I still have an ICOM-208 for 2M/440 and am building a beam antenna for it now [I live in a rural area]. I have little interest in connecting over the internet, but would like to get somewhat active again. I’m particularly fond of CW mode, but not averse to RT. My license is still valid, so you can look me up on qrz. I APPRECIATE YOUR EFFORTS, YOUNG MAN! 🤠

  25. munchh2007 on December 3, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    And there was me thinking "HT" stood for "Handheld transceiver"?

  26. Joe Framo on December 3, 2020 at 8:34 pm

    Make sure you tell him to get the software downloaded it’s not like the Japanese radio where you could do it manually don’t be totally lost

  27. Dick Stone on December 3, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    My daughter has lived in Asia, and mostly Beijing, for 20 years. I thought you might like a pronunciation guide:

    Boafeng = Po-fung. (they even spell it that way in English sometimes)
    Yaesu = Ya-Ay-sa (3 syllables, mostly silent U)
    Wouxun = O-seng. (close to Ocean)

    The trouble is that the spelling translation system was set up by Russians that didn’t speak English.

    P.S. Great video review!

  28. Rob Ambrose on December 3, 2020 at 8:36 pm

    With the yaesu ft65 you can open a secret menu that allows you to wide band for 446mhz also can use dual screen monitors two frequencies on the one display.

  29. hope king on December 3, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    What flag is the other flag. I see the usa one?

  30. BLUCK LIGHT FOX ART on December 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    i have seen some on wish Radio UHF 400-520Mhz VHF i have a it was my first ht one is a uniden uh076sx-nb nice video well done keep up the good work ham radio.2.0

  31. Muhammad Shazali Dauda on December 3, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    hello, i work in a company the requires an upgrade in their mobile radio communication and i dnt know which to recommend, so could i get a way to chat with u or even video calls pls? thank you

  32. penzman on December 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    Thanks for your videos, this one had me fill 2 pages in a notebook.

  33. p0wer5000 on December 3, 2020 at 8:41 pm

    I come from the military side of radios looking for something similar anyone able to point me 8n the right direction?

  34. Fly Fisherman on December 3, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    You should go and look at the reviews on these handhelds because most of them are shit according to the reviews.

  35. Raul De La Torre on December 3, 2020 at 8:44 pm


  36. The Thought Police on December 3, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    Oh get to the point waffle waffle

  37. Penryhigginbottom on December 3, 2020 at 8:45 pm

    HT. Hand Transportable.

  38. OzZi3 on December 3, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Jason is right guys!!! As a new ham I got a cheap 25 bucks radio. 2 weeks into having my license. I’ve already bought a second radio. My newest one it’s a Wouxun KG-UV8E. I stayed with the triband. I guess an extra band for the same price won’t hurt. I guess the full duplex attracted me instead of a Yeasu because it’s no full duplex. Also guys buy a new antenna for you radio. It will perform better than the rubber duckey. What I’m trying to say. Don’t waste your money by buying a 30 bucks radio because you are going to want to have some with better quality as soon as you lose the mic fright. I found the Wouxun KG-UV8E for 98 bucks on Amazon. I paid almost 50 bucks for the Baofeng with shipping. So if yo add an extra 40 bucks you can have a radio.

  39. James Bond on December 3, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    When I got into the hobby (1994) an HT was $350. My FT530 still works like a champ!

  40. hope king on December 3, 2020 at 8:48 pm


  41. Graph Guy on December 3, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    Ya go buy communist China junk

  42. D Krane on December 3, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    Just remember kids, the highest priced one is always the best.

  43. Cliff Barrett on December 3, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    Off subject but do you use a base station or base antenna?

  44. adCaptandum Vulgus on December 3, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    nope, $30 & if i like it, then upgrades

  45. L Randol on December 3, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    HT stands for Handheld Transceiver

  46. Jay Kaufman on December 3, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    I have a GRMS license I’m just trying to get into ham now. All you ham people make it sound so hard so if I was to get one of these radios going to bail Fang or Kenwood or something like that will that work under my grms license. Or do I have to go and get a technician’s license first. I’ve talked to FCC a couple of times about what license is what I know those people seem to know anything. They do know how to take and navigation Through The very complicated give the government some money process I have always render under Caesar what is Caesar’s and my grandkids want to do this but they’re confused as I am. I realize that you hawk things ramzan at 4 not to do business with a company like Amazon who’s putting little businesses out of business. It’s hard to find equipment and information the people after you see gave me a link to go to to get ahold of somebody about getting a upgraded my license I went to the Lincoln is garbage I couldn’t find anything there I really some help. My email address is j a k m a n 60 @gmail. I know I’ll figure it out eventually but I used to take and help a friend of mine 40 years ago and it wasn’t complicated then as it is now although I never got my license back then. Because you had to have ability to do Morse code and I had rheumatoid arthritis back then and wasn’t able to do Morse code I have rheumatoid arthritis now and still can’t do Morse code. I still like to get into ham radio though.

  47. Chris R on December 3, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    Yaesu FT-60

  48. Andrew Глубинный чел on December 3, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    So, what of these $1000+ radios will work, in case of big SHTF? Are any of the digitals once will still work, you think?…=D I am just curious… Because for now (for the good time), I have 5G iPhone 12 Pro Max with all kind of apps on it and I could talk to anyone I want there. I can even put some Ham apps on it.

  49. Arnold D on December 3, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I bought the UV-5R when I first got my tech 4 years ago. For what it’s worth, it was a descent radio to get on the air (sort of) and listen to repeaters but it didn’t last long. Mine developed a scratchy volume pot and would’t hit repeaters 10 miles out. I’m in relatively moderate terrain (Kansas City) and the receiver was fantastic but the transmit side was the weak point. It’s a descent radio to buy for the money in case you don’t stay with the hobby.

  50. Frank Black on December 3, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    The reason D-Star radios are so expensive, is not necessarily due to extremely high quality, unless you are factoring in the superheterodyne receiver, but the licensing fee ICOM charges for the D-Star codec. That’s why DMR has blown all other digital modes out of the water. Funny, the Kenwood, Yaesu, and ICOM snobs sneer at Baofengs, especially on the WIN system, yet all their Allstar nodes are using Baofengs as the node radio. I have an Anytone 878 plus, Yaesu 70D, and use a Thumb DV attached to a Pi 3 and Blue DV AMBE server on my cell phone to access all 3 digital modes for about $200. All others are various flavors of Baofengs you can program for just about any radio service.