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Baofeng UV 5RA 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM 5W Amateur Two Way Radio (Black)

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  • More Stubborn Case, More Rich and Enhanced Features.
  • Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz, 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable.
  • 128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS, Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz.
  • Dual-Band Display, Dual Frequency Display, Dual-Standby, A/B band independent operation.
  • Comes with all necessary accessories, backed up by 12 Months Seller Warranty. a license may be required depending on the operating conditions.
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Item Weight15.2 ounces
Product Dimensions8 x 6.1 x 3.9 inches
Item model numberUV 5RA
Batteries:1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
Display TypeLCD Screen
Warranty12 months
  
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Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingCurrently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
Date First AvailableAugust 6, 2012
  
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  • Brand Name: BaoFeng
  • Model: UV 5RA
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Display: LCD Screen
  • Battery Average Life: 24 Hours
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Product Description

The Baofeng UV-5RA is a hand held transceiver providing 5 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.

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These little puppies are an amazing bugout mini ham radio.
Chris E Quail
Manually programming this radio is no more difficult than most other HT radios, I own several; all are a pain to program manually.
F. R. Wuensche
They work excellent, have a ton of feature that I still have not figured out, even the ladies robo voice built in is really good!
William K. Young

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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By CDC on August 27, 2013
As a buyer of well-over 300 Baofeng radios (and counting) for the group I belong to (not all of which were purchased through Amazon but many were), I'm always amazed at the lengths some sellers go to to hype their products as being "newer" or "better" than other models, or perhaps (to give them the benefit of the doubt) they just don't know any better.

First, the Baofeng UV-5R series (including the original and still extremely popular UV-5R, I'll explain why in a minute) is what is normally referred to by many as a SDR radio (or software defined radio). While not a true SDR product (you can't use it with your computer to control the radio's functions or scan a wide amount of VHF/UHF frequencies with it), none the less a large chip is programmed on the circuit board built inside each radio. That chip determines what capability the radio itself can perform.

Every UV-5R series radio has the ability to transmit from 136-174 MHz on VHF and from 400-520 MHz on UHF in both narrow-band and wide-band modes (very useful for the occasional FRS or MURS use, which requires narrow-band mode to work correctly).

Every model does "at least" 4W on VHF/UHF from the factory, but occasionally you'll get a batch that does 4.5W or even 5W out, but the difference between 4W and 5W is minimal at best. A 4W radio with a better antenna will easily outperform a 5W radio with the standard crappy antenna that Baofeng ships on ALL (including the UV-5RA, -5RAX, and -5RAX+) models.

Baofeng DOES NOT program those chips any differently for the UV-5R vs. any other UV-5R series (including the UV-5RA).
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By PBWD on August 31, 2012
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I bought this 5RA as soon as I saw something beside the 5r which I already have.

The 5RA has slightly different button shapes but programming and layout is the same. Programming this with the handheld is a nightmare. Not impossible or hard but time consuming. The directions are worthless and the exact same as the previous version. Buy the 5r usb programming cable to make your life easier.

Seems like they addressed some firmware shortfalls of the 5r and transmit power is slightly better.
Some of the menu text on screen is "cleaned up" meaning they use less characters to get across the same point.

If you are going to hook it up to a external antenna I use a female SMA to female pl259 connector (SO-239). The "reverse SMA" connection is the only thing limiting your antenna choices.

For the price you cannot go wrong. Not a huge fan of the origin of manufacture but the quality far exceeds the price.

The 5r comes with a ear bud/mic this version (5ra) does NOT.

**Update:
As I played with it next to the 5r, I noticed the screen being behind the new plastic causes a "shadow bar" across the bottom at most angles on the screen. In bright light the redesign can reflect it back at you.

Firmware on my handheld was:
BFB281

Hold 3 when turning on to get this info
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I like this Radio! Owners manual is pretty weak. Get on the internet, read the tutorials, and you can have frequencies programmed in minutes. Then hit your local repeater.

Its simple to program!!!

Monitor NOAA weather, local police, Fire, and FM radio

The radio feels solid in you hand. The controls are solid.
Antenna works just fine. I would like to try a better one just out of curiosity.

I think it is a great first Amateur Hand held.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Mike Reingold on September 20, 2012
I bought the 5R and since I have to have the latest toys, I bought the 5RA. I am not a radio techno, so I can't tell you the difference from a technical standpoint, but I actually like the look of the 5R a little better. I work part time as a Cop and the 5RA looks like a toy on my belt. The 5R is all black and looks more official. The 5RA has a silver plate on the front.

The 5RA speaker is crystal clear, it transmits fine, and hits the repeaters with no issues in NYC where I work. It is compact, fits in a back pocket, and is very light. The screen is easy to read. But with any of these radios buy the programming cable, it is a breeze to program.

Besides that you have to love these radios, with the $2.99 cable (you should buy) and software I downloaded. It took me about 4 minutes to program 24 channels, then it took me 10 seconds to clone it to another new radio. My only fear is that these Boafeng radios will become so popular that the price will go up !!

I have a 600 Vertex VX5 that is an amazing radio, but I put it in the desk for now. This is the new toy.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PDT on October 23, 2012
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I bought this radio and the first thing I noticed is that it looked nothing like the photo on the Amazon listing. While installing the battery, I noticed the model number is UV-5RE! After a quick review/comparison of the specs, it appears that the major difference is cosmetic/case. It DOES have the newer BFB-291 firmware.

Comparing this to my Wouxun UV6D, the Baofeng is smaller, but weighs about the same (feels more dense). I could fit the Baofeng in my jeans pocket, whereas the Wouxun is just a little too big. The other annoyance is the female SMA connector for the antenna... my Wouxun, and just about every other HT I own, have connectors that take male SMA connectors. The radio does get warm when transmitting on high power for more than 20-30 seconds. So, I don't expect to use this radio for lots of digital mode transmissions.

Testing with some Amateur UHF repeaters about 20 miles out performance seemed on par with my other HTs. However, on 2m, performance was significantly less. I'm guessing the stubby duck antenna may be a major contributor to the poor relative performance on 2m. The built-in microphone is somewhat poor.. it sounds muffled when compared to other radios, the clarity of my FM transmissions is not the same as using a better radio like my Yaesu or even the Wouxun. It lacks a rotary knob for tuning, channel selection, and menu selection, which I use often on my other HTs.

This radio does have 2.5KHz step option right on the radio, unlike my Wouxun UV6D on which the 2.5KHz channels must be programmed via software.
Another nice option is the ability to tune into FRS/GMRS frequencies, and secondary use as a police/fire scanner.

One other slight annoyance is that there appears to be a significant delay to transmit when pressing PTT.
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