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
- 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||✓||✓||✓|
- Size (LWH): 8 inches, 4 inches, 6 inches
- Weight: 1.1 pounds
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
How to program the Baofeng UV-5R manually:
In all cases, you must program the UV-5R while in VFO, or "Frequency Mode". And you must program from the upper line, that is, the A line, of the display. There will be a "cursor" present on the left side of the line that is active. This is chosen with the A/B button.
The programming sequence is, Menu (to enter Menu mode), then Up or Down button (or enter the menu number via keypad) to get to the Submenu you want to change. Once there, press Menu again, and use the keypad (such as setting tones) or Up or Dn buttons to make the changes you want. When you have it set the way you want, press Menu again, then press Exit. The radio will say "confirm".
Also, set the Band button for the band you wish to program, VHF or UHF. Now continue with the video.
at 01:26, do NOT enter tones in Submenu 11, R-CTCS. That is receive squelch tones. Not all repeaters retransmit the tone from the station talking on the repeater. If you enter a tone in Submenu 11 the radio will only un-squelch if it receives that tone. This can be handy if you live in an area halfway between two repeaters on the same frequency, but only want to listen to one or the other. Those repeaters will likely use different tones.
You COULD set up, in that case, one Channel with that frequency, and the tone for repeater A, and another Channel with the same frequency, but the tone for repeater B. But for the most part, do not activate Submenu 11. With this rare exception, you should leave it Off. Likewise, set Submenu 10, R-DCS, to Off.
At 01:55, Submenu 13, T-CTCS (transmit tone), this is the tone your radio must transmit, and the repeater must hear, in order to activate the repeater. This is not used on all repeaters. If you set a tone, and your repeater does not require a CTCS tone, your radio will still work the repeater. However, if your repeater requires a tone, and you do not set a tone, or set the wrong tone, the repeater will not work. Set Submenu, T-CTCS accordingly, Off for no tone, or to whatever tone required.
Before you start programming there are some settings I suggest.
This radio has "Dual Watch". That means you can have the upper, or A line set to one channel, and the lower, or B line to another channel, and the radio will switch back and forth to whichever is active. That is a pain in the drain. I suggest you set Submenu 7 to 0, which is Off.
Next, Submenu 1, tuning step... I suggest setting to 5 khz. The UV-5R can go down to 2.5 khz steps, but that is not needed. Yes it is, for FRS and many other frequencies, set it to 2.5 khz.
Submenu 2, power, set to High (appx 5 watts) or Low (appx 1 watt) as you wish. I have mine set to High, and can toggle it down or back up at any time, without going into the menu, with the # button, lower right on the keypad. There is an L (for Low) present on the screen when set to Low.
Submenu 3, Battery Save, set to Off.
Submenu 4, VOX. Voice Operated... this means it will transmit just from your voice, or other sounds, without using PTT button. Set this to Off.
Submenu 5, WN (Wide-Narrow bandwidth). For ham use, set this to W (Wide).
Submenu 6, ABR, display illumination timer. The number is the number of seconds the display stays lit. Normally set it to 5 (5 seconds).
Submenu 7, we set already to Off.
Submenu 8, Keypad Beep. If you want it to beep every time you press a button, set this on. If that constant beeping irritates you, as it does me, set to Off.
Submenu 9, TOT, Time Out Timer. This cuts off transmission after so many seconds. This is good, and will keep from hanging the repeater open if PTT gets stuck on, jams down between the seat and console resting on the PTT, etc. I set mine to 30 seconds.
Submenus 10, 11, 12, 13, discussed in the video and above.
Submenu 14, voice prompt. Choices are Chinese, English, or Off. I set to English.
Submenus 15, 16, 17, 18, ignore unless you have a use for these.
Submenu 19, PTT-ID, set to Off.
The following two Submenus determine how the A and B lines read in channel mode... Frequency, Channel Number, or Name. You can only put in an alpha-numeric name via software. With software you could name CH-003, which is the Smithtown Repeater, SMTHTN, and the Jonesville Repeater as JNSVIL. This requires software programming.
Submenu 21, MDF-A (In channel mode, how Line A reads, Freq, Ch, or Name)
Submenu 22, MDF-B (In channel mode, how Line B reads, Freq, Ch, or Name)
Submenu 29,30,31, leave as they are. These choose color of backlight for RX, TX, etc.
Submenu 32, set to 0 (Site) This setting prevents the radio from transmitting the alarm siren sound, it will only sound on the speaker, not on the air. There is no way to disable this completely.
Submenu 34, set to 0 (Off)
Tail tone stuff, set as follows:
Submenu 35, set to 0 (Off)
Submenu 36, set to 0 (Off)
Submenu 37, set to 0 (Off)
Submenu 39, set to 0 (Off) ("roger beep")
Make all of these settings FIRST. Then proceed to programming your Channel Memories as per the video.
When in Channel Mode, you may navigate to a channel via the Up and Dn buttons OR by pressing three digits for the channel number. That is, Channel 3 is entered as 003.
In Frequency Mode, if you are entering numbers and it keeps screwing up when you punch in the last digit, check that you have the Band toggled correctly. That is, if entering 146.520, as you hit the 0, it won't take it, you probably have the Band set for UHF instead of VHF.
You cannot easily edit a channel once it is entered into memory. The best thing to do is use Submenu 28 to delete that channel number you wish to change, then program that channel from scratch and enter it via Submenu 27 as per the video.
"Setting the Wide/Narrow (Submenu 5) to Narrow will give weak audio if everyone else is Wide band. For ham use, it should be set to Wide."
If you want to program in the FRS frequencies, google them first. There are 22 of them, each must be saved individually. To save you a lot of trouble programming them, first change the STEP (menu 1) to 2.5K. Again, this will save you a lot of trouble, and allows you to input channels 1-14 FRS.