Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band Transceiver (Black)
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- Dual PTT keys; A/B band independent operation
- Incorporates 105 codes "DCS" and 50 privacy codes "CTCSS" programmable.Other features include: selectable wide/narrow, battery save function, VOX, DCS/CTCSS encode, key lock and built in flashlight
- CTCSS & DCS Scanning/ CTCSS & DCS Direct input
- Emergency Alarm; LED Flashlight; Built-in key lock
- Tri-color background light selectable; 0~9 grades VOX selectable
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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-5RA 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.
A Separate (Not Included) Programming Cable is Required for PC Programming (PC03 FTDI Recommended)
Memory Channel: Up to 128 channels
Frequency Stability: 2.5ppm
Frequency Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/20/25kHz
Antenna Impedance: 50 Ohm
Supply Voltage: Rechargeable Lithium-Ion 7.4V/3000mAh
Consumption in Standby: 380mA
Consumption in Transmission: <=1.4A
Mode of Operation： Simple or semi-duplex
Duty cycle: 03/03/54 min (Rx/Tx Standby)
RF power: 5W / 1W
Type of Modulation: FM
Modulation Mode: 16kF3E / 11kF3E(W/N)
Maximum Deviation: <=5kHz / <=2.5kHz(W/N)
Spurious emissions: <-60dB.
Receiver Sensitivity: 0.2uV(at 12dB SINAD)
Audio Output: 1W
Maximum Deviation: <=5kHz / <=2.5kHz(W/N)
Spurious emissions: <-60dB.
What's in the Box?:
1x Baofeng UV-82 Two way Radio
1x 7.4V 1800mAh Li-ion Battery
1x 18cm Dual Band Antenna
1x Power Adapter
1x Belt Clip
1x Hand Strap
1x Battery Charger
1x User Manual
Other UV-82 Radios may Claim Higher Battery Capacity (UV-82L); but they all are the same capacity of 1800mAh
Legal DisclaimerStatement: 1. Because of natural disasters, man-made damage to be outside the scope of free warranty. 2.1 months after the warranty of one-way freight paid by the buyer.
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So you've got to figure there's a catch, right? And there is: Programming this radio from the front panel is a royal pain in the caboose. After studying helpful web pages- not the manufacturer's manual- I'm now comfortable programming single frequencies and repeater offsets in, but I still don't seem to be able to put the in memory properly. The manufacturer supplies a program that's supposed to make programming easier, but the word is that it's as confusing as the front panel controls.
Luckily there's a fix. A group of dedicated hams have created a program called CHIRP that's available for Windows, OSX, and Linux that's as easy to use as a spreadsheet. Just type in the frequencies, offsets, CTSS, comments, etc., and hit upload. Unfortunately Amazon doesn't allow web links in reviews but you can find it by googling CHIPS and UV-5R. You'll also need the USB Programming Cable for BAOFENG UV-5R UV-3R+ Two way Radio With Driver CD to connect the radio to your computer, too. If you're interested in learning more about this radio before your order one, a good place to start is the user reference at miklor dot com slash uv-5r.
Best antenna for this: The Diamond SRJ77CA. Alternately, the Nagoya NA-771 SF if you are on a budget.
I was trying to figure out which version to get on here, frustrated by the reviews, so I decided to buy them all and report. I had read that the various versions are all the same radio, just the style and color vary: UV-5R, 5RA, 5RC, 5RE, 5R+, 5R Mk II, UV-E5, UV-5R Plus. This is true, so it comes down to which one is going to ship with the most recent firmware.
The firmware varies, but there does not seem to be much of a difference in performance. Holding "3" while you turn the radio on gets you the firmware version. I bought this mid-December, 2012 and got firmware version BFB295. I thought BFB293 was the latest but this is even more recent. The "UV-5R Plus" that I bought from Amazon for more money was BFB293, but I don't notice any difference at all in the functionality of the two.
For programming channels, don't bother trying to program directly to the radio - get the programming cable. You can buy the cheap connector, search for CHIRP software, and navigate that with some frustration. If you would rather spend a bit more and skip the frustration, look into the RT Systems connector and software which works perfectly without any frustration.
This can transmit on Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) with no license required. It also transmits on General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) which technically requires a license. However, "bubble-pack pirates" persons who use GMRS without a license are common. It also transmits on the HAM bands and even some commercial and emergency frequencies, so be careful what frequencies you transmit on according to your licensing.
Construction? Much better than you're expecting. I have a $450 Yaesu VX-8DR, and this does 99% of what I used the Yaesu for day to day. It's not submersible, so don't take it into the bath tub with you, but at $44 it's practically disposable. The accessories are dirt cheap too. The volume can get much louder on a 5R than any other HT that I've used.
Update 12/28/12: I bought a second one, received on Dec-21-2012, this time it was the BFB293 firmware rather than the BFB295 that I received two weeks prior.
Update 1/4/13: I bought a different, earlier UV-5R variant that came with BFB297 firmware. These radios are all the same, it seems to be a crap shoot what firmware you'll get.
The reason why I purchased this radio is to have a means of communication to the outside world if there is ever any kind of major disaster. Our world is a scary place right now and you never know when we will lose satellites and cell phone towers. That's when you resort to Old Fashioned Ham radios.
PROGRAMMING: Let's face it, I am by no means an expert when it comes down to programming or using these radios. But baofeng makes it very easy for me to figure out how to be able to communicate to others using this radio.
It comes with everything you need in order to get started. You could easily program all of the NOAA frequencies and all of your local emergency frequencies as well.
It's very time-consuming and tedious to hand punch all of the frequencies into your baofeng radio therefore I purchased the programming cable so that I could hook up the radio to my computer using a software program.
Unfortunately you have to purchase the baofeng programming Cable in order to easily program all of your frequencies. I highly suggest purchasing the more expensive authentic cable because all of the other cables that are not authentic will not work.
RANGE: The two way radio does come with an antenna but I do recommend purchasing a longer antenna if you need to have a longer range. Again, I suggest purchasing authentic items when dealing with baofeng products. It is worth the extra few dollars you need to spend if you ever do need to use this in an emergency. With all that being said I was able to communicate with my son on his radio about two and a half miles away with the original antenna. We were on flat cleared land. When we were in the woods I was able to reach him approximately one mile away. I was not able to test these radios in the city but I would assume that the range would probably be cut in half.
LEGALITY: in order to communicate with others on designated radio frequencies, most frequencies require you to have a license. Check your local laws and use common sense. Some frequencies do not require you to have a license. But if the STHF, I don't think they're going to be coming into your house looking for your license.
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