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Sorry, but have to agree with the other posters. Unless you have serious terrain or obstacle issues 1/4 to 1/2 mile is usually operator error.

With a properly programmed radio and an upgraded antenna (Expert Power 771) my very first simplex QSO was 4+ miles.

Are they good radios, no not really but they do serve a purpose. When you get a good one, they're cheap and reliable. For $50 you can buy a radio, add upgraded batteries and antennas and have a decent radio.

As with everything learn, test and know your gear.
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Chevy & Ford are crap compared to Mercedes, Audi, Bentley & many others.
If you are comparing HT's to cars, then BFs are more like Yugos.
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disclaimer: I own BOTH a Bao 8 series and a Yaesu.

the lil Feng has lived in my daily commuter car for the past couple years..sees power on most morning commutes while I listen in on the morning coffee regular chatters. With a magmount I'm good for my 27 mile commute and I'm listening to guys that I know are 45 mins drive away from me pinging the same repeater.
all sorts of techy guys on youtube happy to show how messy the Fengs are. All I know is mine has worked, receives radio check confirmation that it's sending strong, and despite freezing winter and scorching summer car conditions, it just works.

as just a HT with even an upgraded antenna, neither radio does all that well from my house to the repeater , as I sit in a low spot.

We never use HAM for person to person either here nor when at campgrounds..we have 5w GMRS for that.

Honestly, my Yaesu is not as "proven" as the Feng is, but the pricier Japan unit is what rides in my bugout gear..go figure.
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I too kept my uv5r in my vehicle for a year. It dropped 1 battery bar and had daily use of about 5min every morning. I never charged it for a whole year.
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I have a few questions about these. First of all, if well taken care of, how long should they last?

I can see the need for having multiple units - one in my car, one in my truck, one in my edcbag, etc How do you manage these things when they are not stored all together? manage= keep charged, etc.

What is the range of these?

What priority would you give having a set of radios like these? Would you first make sure you have 6 months of food? etc The 5 pack is on sale for $95 now - seems not a bad price.

...and in general, what are your thoughts about this aspect of preparation. I am just starting to watch some yt videos on ham radio so I know just enough to be confused. I am looking at a piece of land now for a BOL (about 40 acres) that is quite a ways off the beaten path. They would probably be useful if two people were working on the property in different locations because cell phone signals in most of those places suck.
ya know..we all got off topic a bit , talking more about radio brands, etc. to the points of the OP.
1)HTs are a part of my preps but I don't know that I prioritized them early in my prepping process cause we already had some - we camp a lot and many areas had lousy cell signal, so we've always had a set of FRMS level talkies in the camper, and, like your BOL potential purchase, I am on a bit of acreage and cell signal has never been good out here, so keeping a radio on the ATV and one on the charger in the kitchen was just normal for us.

1) location or solid bugout plan
2) food
3) defense - and honestly I consider comms to be part of defense, not just firearms. Avoiding a problem area, or calling for help is all part of a good defense plan.

And as any ham guy will preach...learn the tech...unlike good ol CB, or family radios where you just dial to a present channel, programming the lil Hams is a little more involved, getting to know your locals, your repeaters, etc..should all be part of the comms prep effort.

small solar recharge panel might be a good idea as well to keep the radios going beyond your vehicle charger should it go down and/or you need to hoof it.
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ya know..we all got off topic a bit , talking more about radio brands, etc. to the points of the OP.
1)HTs are a part of my preps but I don't know that I prioritized them early in my prepping process cause we already had some - we camp a lot and many areas had lousy cell signal, so we've always had a set of FRMS level talkies in the camper, and, like your BOL potential purchase, I am on a bit of acreage and cell signal has never been good out here, so keeping a radio on the ATV and one on the charger in the kitchen was just normal for us.

1) location or solid bugout plan
2) food
3) defense - and honestly I consider comms to be part of defense, not just firearms. Avoiding a problem area, or calling for help is all part of a good defense plan.

And as any ham guy will preach...learn the tech...unlike good ol CB, or family radios where you just dial to a present channel, programming the lil Hams is a little more involved, getting to know your locals, your repeaters, etc..should all be part of the comms prep effort.

small solar recharge panel might be a good idea as well to keep the radios going beyond your vehicle charger should it go down and/or you need to hoof it.
Thank you! Yes, there have been a few bunny trails, but they have been informative ones. I know almost nothing about this topic. I am committing every Monday night to study for the license - hopefully then I will understand better what is being said. Until then, what you have all put into your discussions has helped me a lot! I will pass on them for a while, and will return to the decision after I get my license and when another sale comes up!
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