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BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Black)
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- 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 PC03 FTDI Programming Cable
- 1500mAh Battery; Broadband (Wide) 25khz / Narrowband (Narrow) 12.5khz Selectable
- 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||✓||✓||✓|
- Size (LWH): 8 inches, 4 inches, 5 inches
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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Purchase Price: $27.59
The Baofeng UV-5R is a good, reliable, and inexpensive dual band HT that is commercial grade. Out of the box, it comes complete with a 1800 MAH lithium-ion battery, belt clip, hand strap, earpiece, and drop in charger. You get 128 channels that you can use/store. Since I was NOT familiar with any of the radio jargon or programming knowledge I shopped around and found some shops that wanted to charge me $75+ to program and set me up with what I needed on this radio. I decided to give YouTube videos and some Google research a try before paying. The manual it comes with is not great by the way. After a couple of hours online I was able to learn the “ins and outs” of this radio as a beginner. The couple of hours it took me to figure out the radio is the only negative I have.
I have now used this device for over 2 years now and never have had any issues. Six radios later for co-workers and no problems at all with any of them. After programming it I noticed I was having a bit of static while driving or in underground areas. Because of that I upgraded the stock antenna to a stubby flexible antenna that was approximately $6 USD (pictures shown). Since I did so I have had better transmission quality. I recently went to Aruba on vacation and I was surprised to see the entire airport staff was using Baofeng radios.
The display is easy to read. There are lights that come on when there is radio traffic being transmitted but you can set it to not activate those lights. Keys are easy to press. Comes with AM/FM capabilities and a flashlight/ strobe/ SOS light. Has a large volume knob with integrated power switch so you cannot accidentally turn off the device. Speaker can be placed fairly loud. Quality is great I believe for being a China radio. I have dropped this device plenty of times (not proud of any of those moments) and still no issues and nothing broken. Battery lasts a very long time after a single charge. For the price it’s a quality that cannot be beat.
Update: 15FEB17. No problems with the product.
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With all the features and accessories this comes with, I can't think of anything better to spend thirty bucks on and get so much for so little. Anybody would love this as a gift.
Without going into the specifications and such that is repeated here, I will concentrate on the features:
The battery lasted 18-19 hours when in scan mode.
The receiver in this radio is excellent -better, stronger and clearer than my Realistic 200 Channel Scanner, the old Bearcat and the cheap Uniden 10 Channel.
Get cool accessories for cheap. 4 dollar 14" antenna, 7 dollar AA battery adapter, 6 dollar USB cable, 9 dollar auto adapter pack, 7 dollar remote speaker/mic, & more. The cool little canvas case costs more than the must-have accessories at 10 bucks! -lol.
I recommend buying the "SMA Female To BNC Female Convert Adaptor For Two Way Radio BaoFeng UV-5R FD-880" so you can easily & quickly disconnect your radio to & from BNC antenna connections.
Wonderful support online. People have re-written the owner's manual and converted it from Ingrish to English. YouTube has tons of great video demos, instructional tutorials and reviews for this radio. Check it out!
Free apps for programming and customizing the radio. (CHIRP is a good basic one.)
With the software you can Upload & Download your settings, save settings, easily setup all 128 channels, offsets, Skip for scanning, customize welcome message, arrange & rearrange, create names for the frequencies/channels, etc.
You don't need any software for this radio to be fully functional, but it does cost very little for the cable and helps immensely by allowing fast & easy changes instead of flipping through menus on a tiny screen over & over, while allowing you to have many different "setups & configurations" for different purposes. My "welcome message" is a description of the "setup". Saved and easily loaded and unloaded in seconds.
I played the FM radio fairly loud with the LED light on for over 9 hours.
The little LED light is a great feature and much brighter than I expected.
I read in a review that if you get the AA battery adapter pack it will last 27 hours.
I keyed the mic for '10 seconds on' and '10 seconds off' for over 30 minutes without stopping and the battery level indicator never dropped a bar. It did get a little hot on the rear-top of the radio from transmitting 5 watts almost non-stop and that is normal...just not normal use. There would be periods of silence when it would cool down more normally.
Mine did not come with a European Wall Socket Adapter as shown, but it did come with the Earpiece accessory!
Also, mine did not come with a software or driver disk. You can find that online for free if needed, or order the cheap USB cable and it comes with it.
The PTT button (Push To Talk) is a "little weird to get used to" but once you get a feel for pressing it in the "right spot" it's fine, but I do wonder about the longevity and how it will hold up over time.
The 'jeweled" design On/Off/Volume knob is strange, but I kinda like it.
Unlike the newer design models, this one will stand up by itself on a desktop or fairly level surface. It will easily fit into a shirt pocket or use the included belt clip or hand strap.
I love the small hand size. The buttons are not too small and allow for direct frequency entering or immediate channel selection, DTMF Telephone Tones, and once you start digging into the settings menu that has over 35 different settings and features, you start to see this is a serious little contender priced so low it's almost ridiculous. But alas, China is able to manipulate their currency and subsidize their corporations to undermine the US economy in order to bring you this little gem of a radio.
The Scan Function is slow compared to "regular scanners" at around 3 channels per second.
Shipping and sold through Amazon was fast & easy to return if anything is unacceptable.
If you know someone who is even remotely interested in scanners, radios, camping, Ham radio, or End of the World Preppers, this is a perfect gift!
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-Hope this helps!