BaoFeng BF-F8HP (UV-5R 3rd Gen) 8-Watt Dual Band Two-Way Radio (136-174MHz VHF & 400-520MHz UHF) Includes Full Kit with Large Battery
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- Upgrades from our Previous Generation UV-5R: Twice the Output Power (8 watts up from 4 watts output), New Hardened Durable Radio Shell, 30% Larger Battery, V-85 High Gain Antenna (Twice the Antenna Performance), USA Support + In-depth User Guide Included
- High / Med / Low Power Settings (8W, 4W, 1W); 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
- The BF-F8HP was designed in the USA and because not everyone is a radio-expert we really wanted to focus on providing an easier user experience! That starts with the new in-depth manual that guides you through the capabilities and customization of the BF-F8HP. On top of that the BF-F8HP also includes exclusive concierge customer help and warranty support. This concierge service is only available on select BaoFeng models such as the BF-F8HP, UV-82HP, and UV-5X3.
- A PC03 FTDI Programming Cable is Recommended for Easier PC Programming
- BaoFeng Tech is the only authorized USA BaoFeng Distributor to honor the Manufacturer Warranty. Only BaoFeng Tech offers warranty claims without shipping anything to China. You must insure that BaoFeng Tech is your selected buying option when buying to be able to have the full USA warranty.
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The BF-F8HP Adds More than Just 8 Watt Power Output
The Next Generation UV-5R
The BF-F8HP is a dual band handheld radio that improves on the UV-5R with more transmit power based on a new generation chipset - along with new concierge service.
Beyond the 3 Power Levels (1, 4, 8 watt) it also includes: a new 2000mAh Battery, an in-depth user guide, concierge support, and the High Gain V-85 Antenna. All while still maintaining full backward accessory compatibility with all prior UV-5R accessories.
The BF-F8HP has the latest N5R-340A firmware not available on any other model.
30% Larger Battery
The BF-F8HP includes a new battery pack that still provides a long lasting radio experience; even while using high power.
Average Battery Life:
UV-5R High (4W): 18 Hours.
BF-F8HP High (8W): 20 Hours.
BF-F8HP Mid (5W): 24 Hours.
The large battery gives you peace of mind to use the built-In flashlight or even the built in FM radio - and still have the power to communicate throughout the day without recharging.
In Depth Documentation and Concierge Support
The BF-F8HP was designed in the USA and because not everyone is a radio-expert we really wanted to focus on providing an easier user experience! That starts with the new in-depth manual that guides you through the capabilities and customization of the BF-F8HP. On top of that the BF-F8HP also includes exclusive concierge customer help and warranty support. This concierge service is only available on select BaoFeng models such as the BF-F8HP.
What's All Included?
1 Year Complimentary Concierge Service and Warranty Support. (Conditions apply. Kindly contact customer care/website for further information).
|UV-82HP (7W), High-Power +(3rd Gen)||UV-82C, Commercial, Employer Model||UV-5X3, Tribander 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 (130-179.99), 1.25M (222-225.99), UHF (400-520.99)||VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520)||VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520)||VHF (136-174), UHF (400-520)|
|Push-to-Talk: Single, Dual, or Both||Both||Both||Single||Single||Single||Single|
|Disable VFO (Frequency)||✓||✓||✓|
|FCC Part 90 Licensed and Compliant for Commercial Applications||✓|
|High Gain 7" Antenna||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|BaoFeng Tech Concierge Support||✓||✓||✓||✓|
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The Most Powerful One Yet: BaoFeng BF-F8HP (High Power).
The BF-F8HP is the most powerful BaoFeng capable of transmitting 8 watts! A PC03 FTDI Programming Cable is Recommended for Easier PC Programming
The BF-F8HP is the third and final generation of the UV-5R. Some new features found in the BF-F8HP are the three selectable power levels (Low - 1w, Med - 4/5w, High-7/8w); the BF-F8HP has a better high-gain antenna (7") that was not available in earlier models; the BF-F8HP also brings back the customizable tri-color display that was not found in second generation UV-5Rs. The BF-F8HP also comes with a Full IN-DEPTH 76 Page User Manual that will help you get aquatinted with all the New Features!
Much like its little brothers (the BF-F8+ and the UV-5R) the BF-F8HP maintains full cross accessory compatibility with all previous UV-5R accessories.
Model: New BAOFENG BF-F8HP
Battery: 2000mAh, 7.4v, Li-ion
Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive only) 136-174MHz and 400-520MHz (TX/RX)
Antenna: High Gain Dual Band Antenna 7" Antenna
Mode of operation: Simple or semi-duplex
Transmitter Output power: 8W/5W / 1W (Max 8W)
Modulation Mode: 16k F3E / 11k F3E
Maximum deviation: 5kHz(Wide) / <2.5kHz(Narrow) CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5+/-0.1kHz(Wide) / 0.3+/-0.1kHz(Narrow)
7.4V 2000mahvLi-ion Battery Pack
***NEW IN-Depth Manual
Desktop Charger (110V)
Programming Tips and Help Provided at Miklor.com
Legal DisclaimerRestriced to occupational use to satisfy FCC RF exposure limits. See user manual for operating requirements
Seller Warranty DescriptionWith Manufacturer Warranty Provided through BaoFeng Tech in USA
Top customer reviews
The manual is very straight forward, explained every feature. Some reviews say it's hard to program without a computer but I find it's easy when yoy understand it. Saving to memory is a two step process, this should be one but once I thought about it, it keeps you from transmitting accidentally out of band.
The size is small but packed with features. I travel and I use it in different terrains and I can hit repeaters usually out 20-25 miles, even on 450. The stock antenna works good, I upgraded to a diamond RH 77CA. This antenna with the 8 watt output is awesome. Battery life is very good, I charged once in a 3 weeks, and have used it several times a week on high power.
Just to test it, I turned the power to low and hit a repeater about 12 miles away on the other side of a big Texas hill.
I don't know how they can market it so inexpensive but I would definitely buy again.
For the new HAM the CHIRP software has access to repeater resources such as "RadioReference.com and RepeaterBook.net". Repeaterbook.net has the most current public accessible repeaters listed in the US. While in CHIRP select the "Radio" tab, then "Import from data source", then select "RepeaterBook". Then a pop up window will appear and you can then select from the state, county, and frequency band. Each repeater out there is setup differently and this is where the programming cable becomes very useful. Once you've selected your inputs you can then select the repeaters you want access to.
VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: If you decide to import repeaters from, let's say 2 meters and the 70 cm bands, each time you access these bands for an area they will be listed 1 through however many that's. listed. Once you've imported the repeaters for 2 meters the 70 cm band will list 1 through how many that are listed. There will be a conflict with your memory channels if you utilize the same channel numbers for the 2 bands. So whichever band you decide to program first start with 1 and then annotate the last channel used in that band. Once you start to download the next band begin that sequence with the number after the last one you just programmed(If you stopped at channel 10 on 2 meters start with 11 on 70cm). You do this from the list of available repeaters from the "Import from file" pop up. You will see the following tabs at the top of the page: Inport, To, From, Name, Frequency, and Comment. Start by unchecking all the boxes from the "Import" tab then find the repeater(s) you want and and then double click in the number field of the "To" tab and change the number in sequence starting from the number after the last number saved in your previous frequency band i.e. 10 for 2 meters, so this set for 70 cm will begin with 11 and so on. Once you have changed the numbers to the repeaters you want saved then select the corresponding repeater by selecting it from the "Import" tab(recheck the box). Once you have all the repeaters you want then click "OK" at the bottom of the page. This will then load the repeaters sequentially back to the main page. From here you will then need to secure the programming to your radio and then click on the "Radio" tab at the top of the page then select "Upload To Radio", the software will then prompt you to do a few things with your radio, it basically comes down to you powering on your radio, ensuring your radio is not tuned to an active frequency, and then it asks you to remove the antenna. Once you've completed these tasks click OK or upload. You will see a blue or green light appear on your radio which indicates the information is being uploaded. Once everything has finished loading disconnect the radio cable from the radio ONLY. Reconnect your antenna and select your memory channels by pressing the VFO/MR button on your radio to verify the channels have been saved and then scan or scroll through them to see if you can hear any traffic in your area. Don't be discourage if you don't hear anything right away because ther may not be anyone chatting at that time. But if you have time just hold your scan button until it's start scanning in your memory settings and sit back and wait, you'll hear something soon.
Just a few more steps, Go back to CHIRP and save your imported data by selecting "File" at the top left corner of the page and click "Save" if you want to keep the file named as is or click "Save as" and name the file yourself. You are now finished with programming your radio. This may sound like a lot to do but you would have to multiply this process by each repeater you would want to load manually.
One more quick note if you want to make any changes afterwards reconnect your radio to the programming cable and your PC, select the "Radio" tab and then select Download from radio and go from there. I hope this helps someone. If you get the programming cable and download the CHIRP software and follow these instructions you will be good to go to in getting started with access to repeaters and listening to traffic. REMEMBER, YOU CANNOT TRANSMIT UNTIL YOU'VE EARN YOUR TEXHNICIAN'S LICENSE. Good luck, I hope this was a help to many.
I am upgrading my review form 4 stars to 5 stars for two reasons:
1. The screws for the clip are on the radio. I'm an idiot, I'm sorry.
2. I purchased two of these and sent one in for warrantee repair as the receiver section was having problems. I had the radio back repaired in 10 days. Very good service! They both work great now.
-- 4 month update: I have two of these, and a couple of yaesu mobile radios. I find that I am using these a lot more than I thought I ever would. They fit in my pocket, if you upgrade the rubber duck antenna they receive almost as good as my FT-2900, I will say that they are not the best and most powerful radio I have, but they are certainly the best radio for the money. I plan to get two for every car with AA battery packs. I really like these radios.
I was NOT given a discount or free products for this review, I paid full price, this is an honest review. I really like these radios.