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Baofeng UV-5R VHF Reception

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chieftech77

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Greetings everyone! I am using the UV-5R as a low cost receiver (not using for transmission) for fire department automation. I have several of these in various areas. I have had no problems receiving UHF frequencies in any of the areas I have used them. VHF on the other hand is problematic, to say the least in any of the areas I have tried to use them.

Either I receive nothing at all or I receive just enough signal to break squelch, which gives me 95% noise and barely any of the actual broadcast.

Has anyone else noticed this issue, and/or any recommendations on improving the signal reception? I am not against upgrading the antenna if that is a suitable fix.

Thanks!
Stephen
 

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I have experienced the same thing. The poor quality receiver is being desensed or overloaded. A better antenna might actually make it worse or not receive at all.
 

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The Nagoya 771 is a much better VHF antenna than the stock duckie.

But if the problem is interference from another channel it won't help you. Try buying one and see if it helps.
 
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