BaoFeng UV-82C Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-Way Radio, Transceiver, HT with Battery, Earpiece, Antenna, Charger
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- 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.
- FCC Part 90 Certified. The UV-82C is a UV-82 that has initial limitations applied in order to make it FCC approved. The radio will have a Part 90 label manufacturer applied. Requires programming via a PC for initial use. 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), High power / low (5W/1W), selectable.
- NEW FEATURE IN UV-82C ONLY: Dual PTT (Push-to-talk) or Single PTT (Push to-talk) switch option, selectable by software. Allows the Dual PTT to emulate a single switch. Software is available free at: uv82c.baofengtech.com
- Selectable Frequency Step/2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25 kHz, Function "VOX" (Voice Operated Transmission), "OFFSET" (frequency offset for repeater access). Dual-band handheld transceiver with display function menu on the display "LCD". Function Busy Channel Lock "BCLO".
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The UV-82C Requires a programming cable and software (available at uv82c.baofengtech.com) before initial use. Insure you know your frequencies needed as these are user programmed
The UV-82C (Commercial) comes with a Part 90 approved label. In order to be Part 90 approved the UV-82C comes with the VFO locked out and narrowband.
Compared to previous BaoFeng radios the UV-82C radios come with a much louder speaker (1 watt), a more solid case with larger buttons, and a new chipset and PCB board that outperforms the range, accuracy, and output of the previous BaoFeng chipsets. It is not simply a remake but a new radio from the ground up.
It outperforms the UV-5R chipset (in UV-5R series), and the 2nd Gen UV-5R chipset (in the GT-3 and BF-F8+)
25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable (Wide/Narrow Band)
Transmit Power Selectable (1W /5W)
50 CTCSS/ 104 DTCS Codes
Dual standby / Dual Watch
Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)
Busy channel lock-out
Frequency Range: 65-108MHz(FM Receive only),136-174MHZ and 400-520MHZ (TX/RX)
Programmable Channels: 128
Antenna: High gain Dual Band
Operating Voltage: 7.4V
Modes: Simple or semi-duplex
Power adapter: Input:AC110V, 50-60Hz; Output: DC10V/500mA; Plug Type: US
Maximum deviation: 5kHz(Wide) / 2.5kHz(Narrow)
CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) / 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)
7.4V 1800mAh Battery
Charger and Adapter
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UPDATE: I am deducting a star from my rating because the charging base as shipped was defective. It would not charge the radio. I dropped the radio in and the base switched from flickering red/green to solid red. I thought it was charging. After a full night, it had not charged. I suspected the base was defective, found fix instructions on Miklor's site, unscrewed the base, scrubbed up the copper pads on the inside of the base to expose the copper metal, and put it back together. It only took about 30 seconds to do the whole fix, but it should be unnecessary. Once I did this fix, the radio charged within two hours.
ORIGINAL REVIEW FOLLOWS:
A little over a week ago I purchased a "Warehouse Deal" UV-82. It was deaf as a post from the moment I opened the box. I swapped antennas with known-good Nagoyas, reset it a couple of times, and nothing worked. I sent it back.
This time I purchased the commercial version as a test for use at our church. We have a fleet of high-priced Motos and HYTs and they are starting to wear out. If the UV-82C worked well, it seemed like a good choice as a replacement. Durable. Programmable. Dual-PTT for the members of our staff who need to monitor multiple channels at once. Loud, clear speaker.
The radio arrived just in time. Two of our regular Motos went down hard at the beginning of a major event. Along with my personal UV-5R-Pro and UV-B6, I had to get the UV-82C programmed and ready to use in under 15 minutes.
From the moment I took the UV-82C out of the box it worked and worked well. It came charged, so I didn't need to drop it into the charger before use. I downloaded the Chirp daily that included the UV-82C profile, hooked the radio up to my laptop, and programmed away.
As a quick test, I checked into a few local repeaters and the UV-82C performed equal to my UV-5R with the Nagoya 771. Though I'd still give the nod to the UV-B6 for sensitivity and audio quality, the 82C came close even with the stock antenna.
I let a couple of our novice users play with the 82C and they praised it for feeling sturdy, sounding loud, and weighing less than the bulky Motos and HYTs.
If you're familiar with the UV-5R, you'll have no problem programming the 82C.
So which would I prefer out of the three different Baofeng's I own?
For cheap, reliable, personal communications with a plethora of low cost accessories, I'm a fan of the 5R and its variants. The BF-F8 has slightly improved specs, a "throw-away" price point, and uses all the 5R accessories.
For a "Japanese quality" front-end and audio experience, the UV-B5/B6 is hard to beat. Nearly as inexpensive as the 5R series, the B5/B6 feels better in the hand and performs like a pro as soon as it comes out of the box.
For a more durable, evolutionary step up from the 5R, the UV-82/82C is hard to ignore. It feels great in the hand, the receive audio quality is solid and loud, the on-air performance is predictable and pleasant, Baofeng finally included a better antenna, and the dual-PTT option is a must-have for some of us. For $55.00 it's a solid, viable competitor to the Moto and HYTs of the world.
One final note...
As others have noted, though UV-5R speaker-mics and in-ear mics work with the UV-82/82C, it's best to get the 82/82C-specific dual-PTT earpiece mic and speaker-mic. The alternatives is to be limited to transmitting only on the B band.
These radios are a great way of getting started at an affordable entry level in GMRS and in HAM. I am defiantly pleased with this radio, and with the Btech GMRS V-1. We once were able to make a check in on the NET from the Cell phone lot at Hartsfield Jackson airport to the Sassafras Mountain repeater. 86 Miles by highway, well over 50 miles line of sight froma 5 watt handheld radio. and thanks to the repeater network in my area we can communicate all over the region. Many other radios can do this too, but this is exceptional performance at this price point. actually, it's exceptional performance at any price. the photo is of my wife, holding the BTech GMRS radio at the airport after our Sassafras contact.
For a new ham on a budget, the UV-82C receives and transmits (RX/TX) on the Ham 2 meter and 70 centimeter bands, and the MURS, FRS, and GMRS frequencies, too. The FCC Part 90 certification is useful if you are using the radio commercially. It initially disables the VFO (frequency) mode, leaving the radio in memory (channel) mode only. However, if you want to use VFO mode, you can use the "daily build" version of the free CHIRP software to enable VFO mode. To enable VFO mode, you download the radio into CHIRP and use the Settings > Advanced Settings > VFO/MR Switching checkbox. When you have programmed the radio via CHIRP and upload your settings, you have both memory and frequency modes and can switch between them by holding down the MENU button and turning the radio on.
To use this radio legally, you need to buy a GMRS license from the FCC, which covers your "entire family." To use the two Ham (2m and 70cm) bands you must have a valid Ham Technicians license. The FRS and MURS (walkie-talkie) frequencies are all there and can be used in an emergency, although the radio is too powerful to use legally on those bands for non-emergency use.
As I mentioned previously, I have experimented with several of Baofengs radios and find the UV-82C (or any version of the UV-82) to be superior in build and TX/RX quality. Highly recommended for a person seeking their Ham Technician license who can't afford a more expensive HT radio (such as the excellent Yaesu RT-60R).
Of the 30 purchased, 2 have a different chipset. Downloaded THEIR current config, imported the info from the other radio fie, set the same settings, uploaded. Radios worked flawlessly. Configs can be copied between different models making it convenient when others came up with THEIR radios asking to be programmed.
Only concern - the radio has to be lined up with the charger correctly. If the two tabs don't line up with the slots, it appears to be seated, but it won't charge. We bought external BaoFeng mics so the radios could be on the belt-clips. They had better sound as well.
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That my only concern, Thanks.