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BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black)

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  • 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS
  • Output : 4W/1W, Frequency Range: 136.00-174.00 MHz 400.00-480.00MHz
  • Frequency Step Setting, High & Low Power Switch over
  • Battery Saving, VOX Function, Wide/Narrow Band Selection, Auto-Back Light
  • ATUO Keypad Lock, Busy Channel Lock Function, Dual Band, Dual Display and Dual Standby
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Technical Details

Color: Black
  • Brand Name: BaoFeng
  • Model Number: UV-5R
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Display: LCD
  • Battery Average Life: 12 Hours
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Product Description

Color: Black

The Baofeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 - 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. You get up to 128 memories. Other features include: selectable wide/narrow, battery save function, VOX, DCS/CTCSS encode, key lock and built in flashlight. Selectable frequency steps include: 2.5, 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5 and 25 kHz. RF power may be selected at 4 or 1 watts. This radio comes with ANT5 SMA-J flexible antenna, BL-5 Li-ion battery (7.4V 1800 mAh), belt clip, wrist strap, AC adapter (8.4V 600ma) and drop-in charging tray. This radio requires purchase of the USB-02 programming cable and downloading of software prior to use.

Product Details

Color: Black
Manual [PDF]|Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 4 x 5 inches ; 1.1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B007H4VT7A
  • Item model number: UV-5R
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,813 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here [PDF]
  • Date first available at August 3, 2012

From the Manufacturer

UV-82HP (7W), High-Power +(3rd Gen) UV-82C, Commercial, Employer Model UV-82X, VHF/1.25M, 220Mhz Model BF-F8HP (8W), High Power + (3rd Gen) BF-F8+ Variants, (2nd Gen) UV-5R & Variants (2nd Gen)
Output 7 Watt Max 5 Watt Max 5 Watt Max 8 Watt Max 4-5 Watt Max 4-5 Watt Max
Speaker Output 1 Watt 1 Watt 1 Watt 700mw 700mw 700mw
Frequency Range (mhz) VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520) VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520) VHF (136-174), 1.25M (220-260) VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520) VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520) VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520)
Case Durability Commercial Commercial Commercial Commuter Commuter Commuter
Push-to-Talk: Single, Dual, or Both Both Both Dual Single Single Single
Display Tri-Color Tri-Color Tri-Color Tri-Color Inverted Tri-Color
Disable VFO (Frequency)
FCC Part 90 Licensed and Compliant for Commercial Applications
High Gain 7" Antenna
Updated In-Depth User's Guide

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443 of 464 people found the following review helpful By Mrflashport on July 31, 2012
Color: Black
The Baofeng UV-5R is not an APX7000, so if you're expecting that, you're not going to be impressed. If you want a good, reliable inexpensive dual band HT that is in fact a COMMERCIAL (it IS FCC part 90 certified) Radio, this is for you. Out of the box, it comes complete with a good 1800mah lithium ion battery, belt clip, hand strap and drop in charger. If you're familiar with commercial radios, you'll feel at home programming the UV-5R with the free software, but you'll need to purchase a USB cable if you don't already have one (this radio uses the same 2-pin Kenwood LMR style cable that Wouxun, TYT and many others use). The cables are less than $20.

You get 128 channels with any combination of VHF or UHF channels. Another plus is the radio ACTUALLY SUPPORTS NARROWBAND, INCLUDING SPLINTER CHANNELS. This is a HUGE plus if you want to use the radio to listen (or transmit, if you're authorized) to public safety after 2013 when the FCC mandates narrowband on VHF and UHF. Many agencies are also going to channel steps most ham radios cannot properly tune (e.g. 154.8225). The UV-5R uses DSP, so it has great audio on both transmit and receive. Reports I got about my transmit audio were great, and I noticed if I spoke loudly, the DSP did a good job of attenuating the voice to a tame level.

The display is fairly easy to read, and for it's size the keys are easy to press. What I really like is the large volume knob with integrated power switch, no accidental turn off of buttons! The PTT key is easy to actuate and you don't get fatigue for long conversations. Speaker is loud, though I don't think it has the 1 watt of audio the specifications state. It is loud enough to hear in a crowd or driving down the road with the window open.
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387 of 417 people found the following review helpful By Radio Prepper on March 21, 2013
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First, to all of the buyers of the Baofeng radios that are also hams, none of the cheaper Chinese radios (including many that cost far more than the Baofeng UV-5R series of radios) program the same way (from the keypad or from the programming software) as their more expensive Japanese counterparts. Simply seeing the "+-" sign on the Baofeng radio, for example, DOES NOT mean that the radio has automatically programmed the correct offset for the band you are on. Baofeng radios have to be programmed with both the complete receive frequency AND the transmit frequency to correctly access any repeaters in Channel (memory) Mode. Since most hams pride themselves on not reading manuals, (if you are a ham) you may have to re-read this paragraph several times.

Second, for all of the buyers of the Baofeng radios that think FCC Part 90 acceptance also means that you can have two frequencies 12.5kHz apart (or less) on your two VFO's (and not hear any other noise or interference on the other frequency), you will need to purchase a different radio than the UV-5R. If you are looking at the UV-5R as a way to reduce expenses but still want a better receiver (and want to stay in the Baofeng radio line), I would suggest either of the Baofeng B5 or the B6 series, which don't cost much more and have a far better receiver. Some folks feel the UV-82 series has a slightly better receiver, but to me it's simply a repackaged UV-5R radio without many of the accessories available to the UV-5R family (like an extended battery, or a "AA" or "AAA" shell pack), so although it does fix a few of the UV-5R's shortcomings, it also adds some new ones (IMHO).
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331 of 359 people found the following review helpful By MikeBlaw on June 13, 2012
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You would be hard pressed to get a better dual band HT for $62. This radio has international settings, meaning that the entire frequency range from 130-174mhz and from 400-480mhz is open to both TX and RX. This means you do need to be careful as a Ham license only allows you to TX on 2m from 144-148mhz and on 440 from 420-450mhz. The radio is not FCC certified to transmit on any of the Marine VHF, MURS, FRS/GMRS, or business radio or emergency services radio frequencies that lie in these frequency ranges and operating in those frequency ranges with this HT will expose you to FCC action.

You definitely will need the programming cable as the included directions are not enlightening for programming the radio with the keypad. The programming software for the radio is a minimal spreadsheet program. There are better free aftermarket alternatives (there is an active Yahoo group devoted to this radio, there are plenty of Youtube videos, and there is an aftermarket programming package called CHIRP which is a better software program). Make sure that you firmly attach the cable as failure to attach the cable properly will lead to frustration.

The stock antenna is ok if you live under a repeater. For those not living under a repeater an aftermarket antenna is a good upgrade.

For operational purposes the radio transmits and receives quite well and will operate for quite some time on the rechargeable battery that is included with the radio.

For $62 you also have a radio that if it should fall into a lake, get lost or some other calamity strike you can replace it.
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