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BaoFeng BF-F8+ 2nd Gen UV-5R Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-Way Radio Transceiver

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  • Frequency Range: 65-108 MHz(Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx)
  • Broad (Wide) / Narrowband (Narrow), High power / low (5W/1W), selectable.
  • Selectable Frequency Step/2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25 kHz, Function "VOX" (Voice Operated Transmission), "OFFSET" (frequency offset for repeater access).
  • Dual-band handheld transceiver with display function menu on the display "LCD". Function Busy Channel Lock "BCLO"
  • Helpful Guides and Programming Tips at Miklor.com
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Technical Details
Item Weight1.2 pounds
Product Dimensions8.3 x 6.5 x 3.7 inches
Item model numberBF-F8+
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Display TypeLCD
  
Additional Information
ASINB00FMIYEKW
Shipping Weight1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 4, 2013
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: BaoFeng
  • Model: BF-F8+
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Display: LCD
  • Battery Average Life: 24 Hours

Product Description

This Radio Has Been The First Uv-5R Radio To Get A Full Internal Upgrade. Like The Uv-82 It Has An Expanded Frequency Range And A Stronger Antenna. It Has A Vfo/Mr Button Found On The Uv-5R Series Not Found On The Uv-82 Series. The Bf-8+ Is The Successor To The Uv-5R Series.2013 Latest Version Frequency Range: 136-174Mhz / 400-520Mhz25Khz/12.5Khz Switchable128 Memory Channels50 CT"s And 104 DScs Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25Khzdual-Band Display Dual Frequency Display Dual-Stand By A/B Band Independent Operation. Specification : Color: Black Model: New Baofeng Bf-F8Battery: 1800Mah, 7.4V, Li-Ion Frequency Range: 65-108Mhz (FM Receive Only) 136-174Mhz And 400-520Mhz (TX/Rx)Channel Number: 128Channel Spacing: 2.5/6.25/10/12.5/20/25Khzfrequency Stability: +/-2.5Ppmantenna: High Gain Dual Band Antenna Antenna Impedance: 50 Operating Voltage: Dc 7.4Vmode Of Operation: Simple Or Semi-Duplex Dimension (W X H X D): 100 X 52 X 32 Mm Weight: 250G (Including Battery, Antenna)Transmitter Output Power: 4W / 1W (Max 5W)Modulation Mode: 16K F3E / 11K F3Emaximum Deviation: <5Khz(Wide) / <2.5Khz(Narrow) Intermediation Sensitivity: 8-12Mvintermediation Distortion: <10% Bf-F8 (Vhf136-174Mhz Uhf 400-520Mhz)7.4V 1800Mahli-Ion Battery Pack Antenna 136-174/400-480Mhzbelt Clip Hand Strap Earphone English Manual Adapter Desktop Charger (110V)

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Customer Reviews

Very good radio !
retiredolcootko
If the screen issues mentioned above were addressed then this would be a 5 star review.
Eric E.
This the a GREAT Ham radio.
bigjon

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Eric E. on November 26, 2013
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The radio is basically the same as the UV-5R with a couple of exceptions. I thought I would like the screen better than the original LCD, I do not. When transmitting the screen fades a decent amount, kind of like you have a weak battery. After the backlight timeout the screen will go blank like the unit is turned off instead of just dim where you can still see it. When the screen is blank and you receive a transmission the screen stays blank until after the transmission has stopped, then it lights back up. This makes it difficult to tell which channel is receiving the transmission unless you recognize the call signs or something else that gives it away.

On the positive side, all the regular accessories work well. All the spare batteries, extended batteries, battery adapters, 12V battery eliminator, antennas, data cables, speaker mics that I have work as they should. The built in speaker seems louder and more clear than the UV-5R+ units. There is a label on the inside under the battery that states the following:

Dual Band FM Transceiver
Model: 8F-F8+
Power 5W
Voltage 7.4
Frequency:
136-174 MHz 400-520MHz
SN
Baofeng Corporation

The buttons are still the soft rubber and are a little more elevated from the face of the unit. The left and right columns are contoured a bit to match the angle of the edge of the keypad. I don't know how well they will wear yet. Some have reported very early and easy wear on the older keypads, I have not experienced this on any of my older units.

This radio seems to receive a bit better compared to my older units as well.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FCLE on February 3, 2014
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How this can be made (along with some accessories) for this low of a price is beyond me (even if labor costs are low in CN). I like almost everything about this radio with exceptions noted below. The battery lasts just over 12 hours while in scanning (receive only) mode but extended batteries are available. This radio uses the plentiful & inexpensive accessories designed for the super-popular UV-5R radio (even the battery). I could nit-pick (the scanning is slowish, there are only 2 shortcut keys on the keypad, the signal strength meter doesn't really measure signal strength, the squelch only seems to function on one of the bands, adding frequencies to memory channels using the radio can take a bit of patience), BUT.... there are so many great things about this radio (including the price). This radio will monitor 2 frequencies at the same time (even if they are in 2 different bands), the sound quality is good - loud enough and very clear, quality of the plastic seems good (although not totally waterproof/submersible), the radio can even monitor VHF/UHF channels while you listen to FM radio (music) and can automatically switch back & forth when a transmission is detected on VHF/UHF. There are so many cool features that I can't list them all here. My biggest gripe so far is the inverse display (whitish letters on a black background). I love the display, but after the backlight goes out, the screen goes totally black & you can't read the display. You can set the backlight timer up to 10 seconds (24 seconds if you use CHIRP software on your computer). I tried setting the timeout to "0", thinking that would disable the backlight timeout, but instead it turned off the backlight totally & I had a hell of a time trying to guess my way through a now invisible menu system to turn it back on.Read more ›
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 6, 2014
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I had a Boafeng UV-5R and it was OK. It seemed to have a lot of radio hiccups. It would stop on stations and static, but not pickup anything. Even with the squelch way up, it would do this on different channels. I finally sold the radio. I then bought the Boafeng UV-B6. That is a good radio. Very few hiccups on the scan. It has very good reception on long range repeaters. I love this radio. I thought hey, they came out with the BF-F8+ and thought I would try it. It has the gen 2 board in it. I thought it would be great. The display looks really cool. NOT. Got it out of the box, Turned it on and was disappointed in 3 minuets. The display looks great until the back light goes out 5 seconds later. NO DISPLAY! You cannot see a thing. Radio looks dead. No lights on. You cannot tell if the radio is scanning or not. Even shining a light on it you cannot see it. I like to look at it now and then and see if it is still scanning. The only way to tell is to touch a button and stop the scan. Then it lights up the display. I returned the radio for this reason alone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom on April 1, 2014
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Best radio on the market for the price. Top notch reception, easy to program and sturdy case make this the one to get
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard C. Bell on March 29, 2014
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I am a licensed ham radio operator and have a Yaesu VX-7R which costs about 10 times what I paid for the Baofeng BF-F8+. I am compelled to say that for the money the Baofeng can't be beat. The Yaesu is certainly much more rugged and waterproof but the Baofeng BF-F8+ has a wider frequency range. Both radios are a pain to program manually but I programmed both radios quite easily with software so that was not an issue. I made sure that the transmit ability was disabled on all except the ham bands and would encourage all users to do the same in order to remain legal. The Baofeng BF-F8+ learning curve is straight forward no thanks to the supplied manual. I have read the reviews of some that say the squelch is not very effective but from experience I know that most noise is generated in the home by appliances, computers, touch lamps, and a host of other sources. The squelch circuits in most HTs can't handle strong rf noise. The best solution is to remove the source or put a little distance between it and the radio. Another complaint I have seen in the reviews is that the screen goes black and the display can't be seen. Mine has the inverted non-color display but does not go totally blank as some have said. It is very dim but can be read. All-in-all I would recommend the Baofeng BF-F8+ radio, especially as a first radio for new hams.
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