- Feb 9, 2013
My buddy with the Baofeng BF-F8HP said to get the special antenna, ~$6 on EbayThe limiting factor on the way the family service handhelds are, the antenna is limited to short range communications. Manufacterers have to build them that wayto please the fcc.
Amateur handhelds are unlimited to what you can do. You can attach a temporary antenna and talk long distance.
I built my own antenna for longer ranges. It looks just the ones that scientists use when you see them in the outdoors tracking animals with radio send type collars.