BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black)
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- Extend your UV-5R range with the recommended high gain antenna (not included): B00KC4PWQQ (Nagoya NA-771)
- High / Low Power Settings (4W/1W) Programmable Amateur Radio; Frequency Range: 65-108 MHz (Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx)
- Customize Channel Names, the Boot Display and More by Using the Optional (not included) PC03 Computer Programming Cable (B00HUB0ONK)
- 1500mAh Battery; Broadband (Wide) 25khz / Narrowband (Narrow) 12.5khz Selectable. Monitor two different frequencies (even on different bands (VHF/UHF)) and the radio will monitor both frequencies giving priority to the first station to receive an incoming call
- AUTO Keypad Lock, Dual Band, Dual Display and Dual Standby.
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|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||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Updated In-Depth User's Guide||✓||✓||✓|
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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 an SMA-Female antenna, flexible antenna, BL-5 Li-ion battery (7.4V 1500 mAh), belt clip, wrist strap, AC adapter (8.4V 600ma) and drop-in charging tray. This radio requires the PC03 FTDI programming cable.
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I wouldn't bother with trying to program via the radio itself. I found a really useful site called Miklor that has MUCH better instructions for the radio and drivers for the computer programming cable. I bought the genuine Baofeng cable from Amazon to program with, and I use a piece of software called CHIRP, and it's worked perfectly.
Another tip, don't expect to hear much without getting a good antenna. I bought the Nagoya NA-771 from Amazon, and so far it's been good to me. I was able to hear a low powered repeater about 15mi away, and a local popular repeater about 20miles away with no deterioration of audio quality.I couldn't hear the first of those repeaters from about 3 miles away with the original antenna.
- It's not as complicated to program as people make it out to be. The flow of the menus makes sense...there's only so much you can do with a 2-line display. Spend some time messing around in the menus and you'll have it down in no time.
- Battery life is really good. I can listen to my local repeater and the county dispatch (dual-monitoring) all day for ~3 days before it needs a recharge.
- Stock antenna is fine, especially for short-distance comms, like vehicle-to-vehicle when off-roading. I can pick up my local repeater with it, but did purchase a Nagoya 701 and it does receive slightly better.
I think this is a good first radio for anyone...it got me into ham radio, so I can see it doing the same for others!
You can currently get the newer hardware version of this radio, the UV/BF-F8+ BaoFeng BF-F8+ 2nd Gen UV-5R Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-Way Radio Transceiver for very close to the same price but it has a monochrome "white on black" display that's harder to read and doesn't change color with the status of the radio. The f8+ has a a few hardware and firmware improvements but is otherwise similar. The newest version is the BF-F8HP 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 but it's currently more than twice the price and likely not worth it for most users. The good news is all 3 are compatible with the same batteries, antennas, headphones/microphones, etc. BaoFeng gets points for maintaining excellent backwards compatibility for many years now which is more than you can say for most radio manufactures.
One tip: Download the manual for the BF-F8HP as it's MUCH better than the UV-5R manual and 95% of it is applicable to the 5R. Baofeng Tech seems to have taken a lot of the Miklor and other public domain documentation and incorporated it into the F8HP manual.
I've not had any of my half dozen BaoFeng radios fail and they seem just a rugged as the big Japanese brands. Signal and audio quality reports are decent as is the battery life. Unlike some Chinese radios, these are popular enough that accessories are fairly inexpensive and readily available. My latest radio reviewed here reports BFB297 firmware but, in some cases, the radio no longer accurately reports the firmware (hold down "3" while powering it on) so you have to run the Chirp software to discover the real version. The firmware is NOT upgradeable so you're stuck with what you get. Chirp reports my latest UV-5R radio is really running BFB301.
If you do have multiple versions of BaoFeng radios, follow the Chirp/Miklor instructions for sharing programming between them. BaoFeng uses different memory maps for each firmware and hardware version. So you can't just do a full download and a full upload to another radio unless it's the same hardware and firmware. You can, however, copy (export/import) all the memory channel data and program the new radio with it.
One downside is you can only charge the radio with the charging base. And the supplied 10 VDC wall charger for the charging base is about as nasty piece of Chinese junk as any charger you'll find. It weighs approximately 0.1 ounces and probably has only 4 components inside (I'm only slightly exaggerating). I would never leave one plugged in when nobody is home as I don't trust it. I use an upgraded wall adapter with mine. You can also get AAA battery packs but they're often poorly engineered and marginal. The larger AA pack from Baofeng Tech works fairly well if you don't mind the size.
For those not in the know. You can't legally transmit on this radio without being licensed anywhere except perhaps the FRS (Family Radio Service) frequencies at low power. And, even when licensed, this radio will still transmit over a whole range of illegal frequencies. So it's something of a "gray market" radio that's often frowned upon by licensed operators. It's not likely you'll be caught with occasional use but beware the fines and penalties can be severe if you are caught. Especially unlicensed messing around on the the amateur radio frequencies may have you hunted down and handed over to the FCC by amateur radio operators.
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