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Old 12-05-2017, 6:33 PM
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One strange thing I have noticed is that it is perfectly clear receiving the NOAA weather station.
Is it only the wx station or are all strong VHF signals clear?
On my radios the noise seems to be way less on VHF than UHF.
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So cars give off so much RF signal and block other signal coming in a lot of the time. You are also inside a metal box basically which also blocks signals. When I am in my truck, I am not affected bad when I am driving my truck but when I am in my car, I get very little signal in the car and when I go in reverse, it almost sounds like an open squelch coming through and it blocks out all other signals. Most likely its your cars RF signals. The reason why NOAA comes in so good is because they are usually transmitted at 1000 watts of power and go very far and a long range. Thats why you can get it so good and the transmitter is probably near you. Hope this helps
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So cars give off so much RF signal and block other signal coming in a lot of the time. You are also inside a metal box basically which also blocks signals. When I am in my truck, I am not affected bad when I am driving my truck but when I am in my car, I get very little signal in the car and when I go in reverse, it almost sounds like an open squelch coming through and it blocks out all other signals. Most likely its your cars RF signals. The reason why NOAA comes in so good is because they are usually transmitted at 1000 watts of power and go very far and a long range. Thats why you can get it so good and the transmitter is probably near you. Hope this helps
Read post #5. The cheap Chinese radio radio is key to the problem.

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Read post #5. The cheap Chinese radio radio is key to the problem.

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Is it only the wx station or are all strong VHF signals clear?
On my radios the noise seems to be way less on VHF than UHF.
Currently it seems that the WX station is the only one that is immune to this phenomena. I'd think the repeaters would be at least as strong and I know they are close, especially when I drive through downtown where several are located.
Last evening was actually fairly good - the problem was minimal most of the way home.

On my radios this particular problem seems to be equal on VHF and UHF.

I know it doesn't have to do with the car as I'm using a proper NMO mounted Larsen antenna. Everything is fantastic while standing still.

I'm been wanting to get a Yaesu FT-60R anyways and this just accelerated my plans.
I'll report back when I do for a follow up.
For now it seems that the common denominator with these Baofengs is the cheap receiver.
They're great for the money ($35 or so). But don't expect perfection.
I'm still going to use one as my "base" unit in my house with the attic J-Pole. It's been really good thus far as a cheap option to get on the air. Even getting some clean, clear simplex operation almost 30 miles from me.
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