• To anyone looking to acquire commercial radio programming software:

    Please do not make requests for copies of radio programming software which is sold (or was sold) by the manufacturer for any monetary value. All requests will be deleted and a forum infraction issued. Making a request such as this is attempting to engage in software piracy and this forum cannot be involved or associated with this activity. The same goes for any private transaction via Private Message. Even if you attempt to engage in this activity in PM's we will still enforce the forum rules. Your PM's are not private and the administration has the right to read them if there's a hint to criminal activity.

    If you are having trouble legally obtaining software please state so. We do not want any hurt feelings when your vague post is mistaken for a free request. It is YOUR responsibility to properly word your request.

    To obtain Motorola software see the Sticky in the Motorola forum.

    The various other vendors often permit their dealers to sell the software online (i.e., Kenwood). Please use Google or some other search engine to find a dealer that sells the software. Typically each series or individual radio requires its own software package. Often the Kenwood software is less than $100 so don't be a cheapskate; just purchase it.

    For M/A Com/Harris/GE, etc: there are two software packages that program all current and past radios. One package is for conventional programming and the other for trunked programming. The trunked package is in upwards of $2,500. The conventional package is more reasonable though is still several hundred dollars. The benefit is you do not need multiple versions for each radio (unlike Motorola).

    This is a large and very visible forum. We cannot jeopardize the ability to provide the RadioReference services by allowing this activity to occur. Please respect this.

Baofeng uv-5r as daily wear.

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Nov 25, 2013
Decatur, IL but my heart is from Bugtussle
I work in an enclosed freezer warehouse without windows. On our two conveyor belts we have sturdy ancient boom boxes that have withstood the test of time, besides the tape drives which freeze up instantly at 20 below zero. People snapped off the original antennas, and I diligently cut coat hangers to match the FM band. They eventualy turn into pretzels with little bits of wire connecting them to pipes. So screw them, I wear my uv-5r with a 14 inch whip between my shirt and sweatshirt. Snowsuit goes over that, and I can hear talk radio all over the warehouse as I drive my forklift. The only time it is an armpit poker is when helping belt people stack tall pallets. Even then the ExpertPower antenna just bends out of the way. I had to remove the volume knob from my radio as the volume just kept getting lower with movement, and over time the edge rubber buttons are wearing into white. Overall I like it. I now tuck my shirt in like an old man and flip the earpiece wire under my chin and over the shoulder to the left hip. This is a VERY heavy use, humid and low temp review.
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