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Nagoya 701 Antenna
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
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I have an authentic Nagoya that matches up with the photo: blue screened imprint; this is NOT the item that was shipped! I received a shoddy imitation with a sticker slapped on it. The 2 do not perform the same; counterfeiting would explain the performance complaints on this item!
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2013
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Be warned that for whatever reason, this antenna did NOT fit my BaoFeng UV-5R+. It starts to thread onto the radio but quickly binds as if it is about to "cross-thread". The OEM antenna goes on and comes off very smoothly. I really wanted this to work. :^(

UPDATE : Well.... after more posts from people who own the very same model of radio as me were posted saying that the antenna fits, I decided to give it another try. This time, I lubricated the antenna's threads with a high quality silicone grease and slowly tightened the antenna (using a pair of padded slip-joint pliers) into the radio's antenna fitting. In the end the antenna DID tighten-down and apparently made proper contact. I am still uncomfortable with how much force was/is needed to get the antenna seated properly but the other two antennas still thread in and out of the radio just fine proving I didn't damage the threads too badly if any at all. So...... maybe I just got an antenna with slightly malformed threads. BTW - The antenna DOES seem to outperform the OEM antenna without being HUGE like the other high performance model that I own. In the end.... I advise people to just be careful and go slow if they encounter problems in tightening the antenna.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2013
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This antenna is about twice the receive and maybe close to that on TX as the stock antenna. But , to really use the Baofeng get a portable/mobile two band and mount on your car roof. This antenna bends easily so be careful and don't overtighten it either. I love the better rx/tx but it's just a little guy and too easily bent. Yes , I would buy another and have.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 26, 2013
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The claimed 3 dB performance on 440MHz is not quite accurate - more like 2.5. On 2 meters, the gain is probably accurate at around 2.2dB. It's a MUCH BETTER antenna then the one supplied with the Baofeng UV-5R+ Plus!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2013
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I live in a semi-rural area distanced from local HAM repeaters, the addition of this antenna doubled my communication capabilities.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
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I've been a licensed ham radio operator for almost 20 years. I ordered this antenna for my new Baofeng UV-5R+. The order arrived the next day, even though I only paid for standard shipping. As soon as I attached it to my radio, I was able to bring up repeaters that before I could not. I absolutely recommend this antenna. It performs like an antenna costing three times as much.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2013
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I purchased in bulk for newly licensed amateur radio SAR group. Well made and inexpensive... what more could newbie's want/need? Shipping from China was quicker than the usual. Good product.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2013
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It's been said so many times, it doesn't bear repeating.

But I'll repeat it anyway.

The stock antenna on the Baofeng UV-5R is a joke. It's pathetic. It's worse than a dummy load. It's a moron load.

Which is why the Nagoya NA-701 antenna parachuted in to my life. I'd read all the reviews suggesting that the Baofeng stock antenna was junk, so I just bit the bullet and ordered the NA-701 from the get-go.

I'm glad I did.

From our house, sitting at 800' south of Harrisburg, PA, I can hit a dozen or so repeaters with my trusty old Icom IC-W32A with the stock W32A antenna. The farthest sits about 20 miles to the east, straight down a ridge line that pops up and down between 500 and 1000 feet. With the W32A and the stock Icom antenna, I can hit it "occasionally." With the W32A and an aftermarket Diamond 14" dual band whip, I can hit it and hold it at 5watts.

I have another aftermarket, no-name 14" duck with an SMA mount that I often use for comparison to the stock ducks. On my Kenwood D7A it always opens up repeaters I can't hit with the Kenwood dual band stock antenna.

On the UV-5R Pro, the Nagoya performs about as well as the Icom stock antenna does on the W32A, but not quite as well as the aftermarket Diamond 14" whip. It's better than the stock Kenwood duck but not nearly as good as the 14" SMA whip.

Okay... What does all of this mean in practical terms.

With the stock UV-5R Pro antenna and the radio running at high power, all I can do is kerchunk the machine to the east, and only about 50% of the time.

With the Nagoya and the UV-5R Pro running at full power (about 4watts), I can hit the machine with 80% signal quality and actually hold a decent conversation. At low power, (about 1 watt), all I can do is kerchunk the machine but not much more.

Now performance like that would ordinarily get a 5 star rating, especially for an antenna that cost me around $10. But I ding it one star because it doesn't quite fit perfectly. Part of that is the Baofeng's problem, part of that is Nagoya's. Everyone knows this is the most popular aftermarket antenna for the UV-5R series of HTs. It would be wise for Nagoya to add a rubber O ring to this thing to help it mate up better to the UV-5R series.

One last note regarding the NA-701 -vs- the Stock antenna on the UV-B5/B6 series radios...

The NA-701 performed no better than the stock UV-B5/B6 antenna on my new UV-B6. Unless you are buying a 14" whip to boost your gain on that radio, save your money. The Nagoya isn't much of an improvement if at all.

73 DE N3LJZ
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 19, 2014
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it has a sticker as opposed to a real NAGOYA that is inked.
As tested on a mfj 259C
it is not resonate at any 2 meter frequency. it has a swr of over 25
the closest to 50 ohms and and under a >25 SWR is at 159.8 with a 16 SWR.

Will not hit the repeaters that the standard antenna which comes with the Baofeng. in my area.

I cant say why this performance is opposed to some of the more favorable reviews here. but this is my
experience with this.

I will attempt to contact the seller and see if I can get a refund/replacement and will update this as it happens.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
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Antenna screws on but does not seat all the way down flush.... there is about a 1/8" gap or greater. Would not recommend
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