|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||10.6 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches|
|Item model number||UV-2501 (Gen 3)|
BTECH MINI UV-2501 (Gen. 3) 25 Watt Dual Band Base, Mobile Radio: 136-174mhz (VHF) 400-520mhz (UHF) Amateur (Ham)
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- Scrambler/Inversion Chipset, DTMF, 5Tone, 2Tone, CTCSS, and DCS Calling Modes Supported (Remote Kill/Stun Supported)
- High / Low Power Settings (25W/10W); 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) Selectable
- Recommended Accessories: Pair UV-2501 with the Nagoya UT-72 Magnetic Mount Antenna for easy installation. The PC04 FTDI Cable is recommended for easy computer programming
- Dual Watch Delay Time Function: Allows the receiver to stay on the secondary channel longer after incoming transmission - customize the delay up to 50 seconds; This avoids manually channel switching when you are engaged with simulaneous contacts on two frequencies
- Kit Includes: BTECH UV-2501, Speaker Mic, 6 foot DC Cable with Cigarette Plug Connector, Radio & Mic Brackets, Mounting Hardware, and User Guide
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Generation 3 Updates
The 3rd Gen. BTECH mobiles focus on significant hardware updates. The UV-2501 update includes a built-in external temperature cooling fan and an exclusive updated board which provides unmatched performance compared to any transceiver in its class - focusing on refined audio clarity, selectivity, and filtering. The firmware has also been updated with user adjustable DTMF Gain and Mic Gain. Power toggling is now selectable right on the keypad.
Wide Frequency Coverage
The UV-2501 provides extended dual-band coverage of 136-174Mhz and 400-520Mhz. The UV-2501 can TX/RX on both Narrowband (12.5kHz) and Wideband (25kHz).
Dual Watch Receiver
The UV-2501 operates as two radios in one allowing you to simultaneously monitor two frequencies at once.
For those that want to have the most information at their fingertips - you can 'Sync' the dual displays to show both the name and frequency. This allows the displays to be synched to the same channel while browsing your channel memories
The UV-2501 puts out 25 Watts of power on VHF and 20 Watts on UHF. You can easily toggle between high and low power right on the keypad.
Fully Customizable through the Free Software
You can program your UV-2501 exactly how you want it. There are 200 programmable memory channels. You can add or remove channels from scanning list. You can give channels alphanumeric names. The radio has an available low power setting of 10 watts, allowing you to choose how far you can communicate. You can easily program from a PC to set-up the radio to operate exactly as needed. (The PC04 FTDI Cable is recommended for easy programming)
2M: 25W (Peak), 20W (AVG) / Low: 10W
70CM: 20W (Peak) 15W (AVG) / Low: 7W
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After a couple of months of limited light use the radio is beginning to have problems. When powered on, sometimes the display will show only ?????? on the display. It will return to normal when the channel knob is moved most of the time. My BTECH UV-2501+220 tri-bander started to do the same thing back in May. I've concluded that BTECH radios are of very poor quality and I can not recommended them. Spend a little more money and get a better radio elsewhere! Reduced rating down to 2 Stars!
Absolutely tiny... About the size of a VHS cassette cut in half.
Display Sync: allows you to have one half of the display show the channel name and the other half show a description
Loud audio: For such a small radio, this thing is LOUD.
Real world RF characteristics seem to be quite good. Used this radio for 9 days in my truck in the Utah back country for 9 days and was very pleased with it's performance
Simple to change between High/Low power and initiate a scan
Easy enough to program in Chirp on the PC
No external speaker connection
Not easy to program without a PC
Still can't figure out how to build an interface cable for a TNC
The encoder for the rotary channel knob is slow... Turning the knob anything faster than moderately slow is counter productive
For reference, I have been a ham for 22 years and I also have an Yaesu FT-8800R, Icom IC-7000, Kenwood TM-V7, and Icom IC-2100. I have no problems field programming these radios directly. The UV-2501 isn't intuitive to program, but very easy to use once you've programmed it via a PC with CHIRP.
The things I love on the Gen3 is the filtering is improved, power levels on the fly via the mic # button, audio gain and there are more improvements as well.
I waited until I saw the review on the Miklor page and then pulled the trigger and am glad I did!! (I also bought the 5001 Gen 3 as a base).
If you need a smaller form factor radio I highly recommend this little 25 watter.
I will update my review as I feel the need to add/delete any findings.
Update: after 31 days of use, one of the colored back lights in display failed, leaving orange and dark. Returned to btech. They sent me a new one, but the box had a dent in it and broke the fan housing. The display on second unit wouldn't move from vfo, so couldn't program. Called btech. Guy said that wasn't possible as they check returns very well. Sent it back. Third one was the same radio as the second one. They had fixed the display, but the fan housing was still broken. Amazon said I could return it to them for a refund, I did. I purchased a new yaesu 3100 from for exact same amount as btech.
First the good points:
1. The size!
2. There is a speaker port in the back.
3. I transmitted on high for about a minute. It took 30 seconds before the fan kicked on, starting slow and picking up speed every few seconds, and it shut down seconds after I stopped.
But the bad points forced me to return this radio:
1. The build-in speaker is CRAP!
2. It DOES NOT have a "speaker mic" (but does have a plug in the back)
3. The microphone cable doesn't stay plugged in very well.
4. There is a continuous buzzing and beeping noise coming out of the speaker.
5. The volume knob only has "Mute" and "TOO LOUD"!! There is no middle ground.
6. I could not get this radio to talk to my computer. I bought the $20 Programming Cable but I still have no proof that it was the radio and not a bad cable.
7. From what I can tell, this exact same radio is being sold by another brand for half the price. At that lower price it might be worth it.
I did not test the sound quality or output power.
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