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Looking for vhf/uhf radio recommendations

I wheel with people from two local 4X4 clubs here in British Columbia. Nobody uses CB radios and I've been told by several people that I need to get a vhf/uhf radio for my Jeep. I had to borrow someone's handheld on the last run. I'm actually going camping this week where there's no cell signal and hopefully nothing happens because I think my CB will be next to useless in an emergency. What are some good radios that are good bang for your buck?
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I'm getting licensed at the end of October. I ordered a couple Baofeng UV 9R plus radios. Does anyone have suggestions on where to mount the charging cradles in the Jeep?
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I'm getting licensed at the end of October. I ordered a couple Baofeng UV 9R plus radios. Does anyone have suggestions on where to mount the charging cradles in the Jeep?
I don't know about the 9R, but I have a bunch of the 5R ones, and they make a replacement battery door without a battery, but with a 12v plug. I just plug it in, and hang it on an aftermarket phone mount that's to the right of the factory stereo. I keep a couple of charged batteries in a plastic bag in the glove box in case I ever need to go mobile.

If the 9R cradle is anything like the one for the 5R (they might be exactly the same) a radio sitting in the cradle while bouncing offroad would just jump out. That's kind of why I did mine the way I did. Well, that plus the mounting conundrum you are having.

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I'm getting licensed at the end of October. I ordered a couple Baofeng UV 9R plus radios. Does anyone have suggestions on where to mount the charging cradles in the Jeep?
I don't know about the 9R, but I have a bunch of the 5R ones, and they make a replacement battery door without a battery, but with a 12v plug. I just plug it in, and hang it on an aftermarket phone mount that's to the right of the factory stereo. I keep a couple of charged batteries in a plastic bag in the glove box in case I ever need to go mobile.

If the 9R cradle is anything like the one for the 5R (they might be exactly the same) a radio sitting in the cradle while bouncing offroad would just jump out. That's kind of why I did mine the way I did. Well, that plus the mounting conundrum you are having.

Hmmmm... yup makes sense. I see some mounting brackets for handheld radios online. I guess they would have to be plugged into 12 volt. There's no way to plug a charge cable in with the battery still attached in the mount?
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Hmmmm... yup makes sense. I see some mounting brackets for handheld radios online. I guess they would have to be plugged into 12 volt. There's no way to plug a charge cable in with the battery still attached in the mount?
Not that I could find. That's why I dropped a couple of spare batts in the glove box. I just switch them out every once in a while.

As a side note, I've found that these radios work great with the MURS band driveway alert motion detectors, so I keep several around the property to alert me if someone arrives. This would work great in the backcountry. just carry a couple of the motion detectors and set them up anywhere you'd want to be alerted. Get alerts anytime the bears are getting into the food stash, or the racoons are in the cooler, etc...

https://www.amazon.com/Dakota-Alert-.../dp/B001BI4QUK

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Not to mention that the standard batteries last a long time, a few days, at least.
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I picked up a Juentai JT6188 (like a Rugged Radios RM-25R with a better handset) from a forum member for next to nothing. I have zero complaints.

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I'm getting licensed at the end of October. I ordered a couple Baofeng UV 9R plus radios. Does anyone have suggestions on where to mount the charging cradles in the Jeep?
I don't know about the 9R, but I have a bunch of the 5R ones, and they make a replacement battery door without a battery, but with a 12v plug. I just plug it in, and hang it on an aftermarket phone mount that's to the right of the factory stereo. I keep a couple of charged batteries in a plastic bag in the glove box in case I ever need to go mobile.

If the 9R cradle is anything like the one for the 5R (they might be exactly the same) a radio sitting in the cradle while bouncing offroad would just jump out. That's kind of why I did mine the way I did. Well, that plus the mounting conundrum you are having.
I'm trying to find the battery replacement for the uv 9r. No luck yet.
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I'm trying to find the battery replacement for the uv 9r. No luck yet.
This is the one I have used on all of mine

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