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Thread: PRC-148 Radio, First Impressions and Initial Setup, and Follow on Setup on Chest Rig

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky5019 View Post
    I THINK I figured it out but...any help is appreciated.
    Also found a new antenna made for PC or chest rigs with extended X harness. I have NOT tested the SWR on it or any kind of low tech range yet, but the construction is solid. In short, it is literally what we have been waiting for. He's got a Baofeng version. A "Squad Leader" version which is going to be a bit more ruggedized due to the antenna connection, and then the RTO which gives you a QD TNC connector so you could switch say for example, between a PRC-148 and a Baofeng BF-8HP radio. (you'd need an SMA-F to TNC connector but it would totally work)

    I'll post a pic of it on my Beez APTUM tomorrow. But here's a link.
    Main link for antennas
    https://caatailantennas.com/products...ctical-antenna

    RTO (which uses the QD TNC connector:
    https://caatailantennas.com/collecti...ctical-antenna

    Squad leader (if you are going to run a dedicated radio and NOT swap antennas)
    https://caatailantennas.com/products...arable-antenna

    And last but not least, let's not forget a discount code. Contacted my bro there and he offered this up for the gang.


    discount code: leavedenied

    Pics tomorrow!! (I hope i can remember)

    I keep saying this but my gear has evolved a few iterations. I need to update this post with my Beez APTUM with comms gear updates (PRC-152) and wearable 2m/70cm radio, manpack version which I am still working on...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RobertTheTexan View Post
    I've only done it manually Sparky. Did you find a cable that works or something or also doing it manually???
    Iím doing it manually as well. Itís working but ok. Iíve just not got any definitions as to the zones and how to designate channels in them. Thatís less of a big deal though. I canít figure out the 2 bands on the screen; one would think vhf on top uhf on bottom but I can program uhf frequencies into channels when the top is selected and it seems to transmit fine. It also seems that if channel numbers are duplicated on the bottom band theyíre not transmitted on the frequency that was set on the bottom hand but what was previously stored to that channel number.

    That part is not really a big deal as long as it works.

    How do you set up those top and bottom bands?

    Thanks for the link and discount code. Iíll check that out. I use a 13í Thales broad band antenna not a blade so I just leave it attached and strap it to my kit shoulder pad since I have an internal side radio pocket. Always up for another option. Lol
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    Bumping this one back up for a minute.

    Since getting my TRI 152, I've gotten quite a bit more into radio. At this point, my go-to is a Yaesu FT3DR for HT and Yaesu FTM300 for mobile. But I still like several of the features on the 152 clone for a lot of reasons. Has anyone figured out a way to program it via computer, though? I see that TCA has another similar clone and an acccompanying usb to 6-pin connector for programming, does that work?

    I'm happy to program through the front panel if I have to, but I'm finding that the 152 isn't actually saving CTCSS and repeater shift settings for each memory slot.
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    So the TCA is easier to program thru the keypad thanks the TRI. Itís more like the mil spec Thales radios so I hear though Iíve never used them. I have procured a manual for them and the menus are very similar. I like mine better than the TRI. I have a TCA-52 as well and itís reasonable to program but only because it has a better manual. If you pm me your email, Iíve got a pdf TCA-148 manual that someone put together thatís light years better than what comes with it.

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    Hey I wanted to ask this thread if anyone could clarify some of the features a website is advertising for the TCA 152's?

    http://shop.specwarfare.com/tca-harr...-metal-version

    First off, I'm not a HAM (yet) but I do have experience programing boafengs with chirp.

    This shop claims that their 152 replica has the encryption module, and is also waterproof. Is this true? If so; for $230 this is actually a decent radio for the civilian market.

    How does the encryption work on these radios?

    Also how many watts can they push?
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    Kinda lame they dont say the wattage (I guess you have to email them), but I can tell you that with a handheld, it isnt about wattage so much as antenna type and height.

    Unless they're digital, I can't imagine the "encryption" is anything more than simple voice inversion, which isnt that secure at all.

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    Does anyone know if it's possible to charge the prc152 batteries with usb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Does anyone know if it's possible to charge the prc152 batteries with usb?

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    I don’t think so depending on which you have. I’m using milspec batteries so I had to get a Harris charger for that off eBay. I’m also noticing that bot the TCA 148 and 152 have a parasitic drain on mil spec batteries. No big deal just annoying. Battery life is great though.
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