Baofeng UV-82 Two-Way Radio (Black)
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- High / Low Power Settings (5W/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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- Size (LWH): 2.36 inches, 2.05 inches, 11.26 inches
- Weight: 1.2 pounds
The latest radio to come from Pofung! This radio has upped the bar on ham radio technology! Compared to previous Pofung products (UV-5R and the UV-B Series) this radio comes with a much louder speaker (1 watt!), a more solid design with larger buttons, and a better antenna. This radio can be programmed with or without a PC to also work on private repeater systems. (Save thousands compared to a Motorola / Kenwood setup)Product Features:25KHz/12.5KHz SwitchableFM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)Large LCD DisplayLED FlashlightHight /Low RF Power SwitchableVoice companding50 CTCSS/ 104DCS coder & tone searchingdual standbyPC programmableWide/Narrow Band(25kHz/12.5kHz)Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)High/Low TX power selectableBusy channel lock-out(BCLO)Specification:GeneralFrequency Range: 65-108MHz(FM Receive only),136-174MHZ and 400-520MHZ (TX/RX)Channel No: 128Frequency Stability: ±2.5ppmAntenna: High gain DualBand antennaAntenna Impedance: 50ΩOperating Voltage: DC 7.4VMode of operation : Simple or semi-duplexAntenna: SMA -FemaleEarpiece / mic type: Kenwood Plug typeDimension(W x H x D): 132 x 60 x 35 mm (not included antenna)Weight: 238g(including battery, antenna)Power adapter: Input: AC100-240V, 50-60Hz;Output: DC10V/500mA;Plug Type: USTransmitter:Output power: 5W / 1W (Max 5W)Modulation Mode: 16kΦF3E / 11kΦF3EMaximum deviation: 5kHz(Wide) / 2.5kHz(Narrow)Spurious Radiation: 7μW Adjacent Ch. power: ≤-65dB(Wide) / ≤-60dB(Narrow)Pre-emphasis characteristics: 6dBCurrent: ≤1.6A(5W)CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) / 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)Intermediation sensitivity: 8-12mvIntermediation distortion: ≤10%Package included: POFUNG UV-82 Dual Band FM Transceiver7.4V/1800mAh BL-8 Battery Antenna Power Adapter Belt Clip Hand Strap Battery Charger User Manual.
Top Customer Reviews
As the other gentleman said, the radio fits better in your hand as is larger than the UV-5R and UV-B5/6 series. This radio is solid & well built - it's made for work and everyday use.
The squelch actually works on this model. Both of my radios are set to 5. The UV-82 doesn't pick up as much key check and static from guys hitting the repeaters, not so with the UV-5R.
The manual is 'now more better', but the Chinese would do well to hire an American or Brit to proofread the copy first. For first time radio operators, it actually explains what the radio functions in the menu do (ex. actual explains the BCL utility). This bit of detail was lacking in the UV-5R product line (though more support sites exist for that model.)
Also, this UV-82 series has two PTT buttons, so you can set it up to monitor two repeaters on A/B, selectively scan those stations and unlike the UV-5R, don't have to hit the A/B button switch between frequencies.
Moving on, there are some issues I have with the UV-82 radio;
As stated, the reception is very good, but it's super sensitive on some FM frequencies (especially on FM Radio RX, I live right down the mountain from a FM station and it picks up a frequency click, while the UV-5R does not). One reviewer rightly tagged it for having some harmonics issues.
1) You lose the VFO/M button. With this system, you have to hold the menu button and turn the unit on and off to switch between frequency and memory. While a bit annoying, it wasn't hard to get used to.
2) Unlike the UV-5R series, the UV-82 doesn't sit well on a flat surface. The radio's own base could be better.
3) The charging base is a bit lacking, you almost have to angle the radio right to fit it in the slot so that it starts to charge.
Han'sHam site has a fix here for the base: [...]
Product experts abound on the internet: but the UV-82 has a fairly small knowledge base compared to the tried and true UV-5R and it's steady cousin the B5. Before you buy, contact Martyn at Radio Mart to see if this is a good fit for you, he knows more about these radios than most and you can call him on the phone. He also sponsors the UV-82 Yahoo support group.
All and all - I wouldn't give up the UV-5R yet if you plan on switching it out for a UV-82, it's done right by me and it suits most of my needs. I do like this UV-82 though and most likely will get another antennae for it soon.
However: all and all, it's a performer, significantly more noticeable power than the previous series, very good sound and excellent reception.
You have a couple of options, the Nagoya NA-701, NA-771 are the two most popular over stock antenna. I've tried both. While 771 is definitely better, it's way too long for practical daily use. I settled with NA-701 which offers better performance over stock antenna, adding only 1 inch maybe in length. For easy and quick connect and disconnect, I bought 2 bnc adapters and bought the BNC version of 701 antenna. The adapters I bought on Amazon as well, $6 for 2.
Radio itself is excellent. I especially love the dual PTT function allowing me to talk to 2 different channels without having to press channel switch button first. Great great radio.
Dual Band Radio excellent for SatCom.
The newest version of this sub $50.00 radio is sure to be a huge hit for Baofeng. I wasn't much impressed with the UV-5r models. Sure they work good, but they kinda feel like you bought them from Toys R Us. The UV-82 has a much better "in the hand feel" then the 5R models, mainly due to its much higher capacity battery and upgraded case. The radio itself is about 1/3 larger than the 5R models, so it simply fits in your hand better. Gone is the toy walkie talkie feel. The key pad has been upgraded and the zero is at the bottom where it should be and lights up white (not off white or orange or green or some other weird hard to see color) and is very easy to see in low light situations. It has much better battery life then the 5R (1800 mA/h) and has a handy and easy removal system. The upgraded larger speaker is loud and clear. The unique dual PTT buttons are a nice add on. No longer do you have to toggle between A/B bands, just simply push the upper PTT for band A and the bottom PTT button for band B. I like this feature because we use the 440 side as around the house/yard communications and the 2 meter side for repeater use. No switching back and forth from A to B to transmit. It also has a very handy LED flash light accessible with its own dedicated on/off button. Programming the radio is just as easy as the 5R as it uses the same operating system. Once you learn what the menu item are, it’s a breeze. A couple of the button functions are a little different from the 5R but no big deal. The free downloadable software makes it “fall off a log” easy to program and store various frequency configurations (like SatCom or local repeater use) and allows you to customize some of the radio parameters that cannot be done using the key pad on the radio. Couple your new UV-82 with an upgraded antenna (I recommend the Diamond RH 771) which you can get right here at Amazon and the speaker mic, which is also available here, and you have a very capable radio at a very affordable price. Like I said in the subject line “Icom and Yeasu better pay attention”. I have several HTs, 2-UV-5Rs, 2-UV-5RAs, 2-Yaesu VX-6Rs and now the UV-82. I've only had it for a few days but it has become my go to HT. Very impressed with it so far and I highly recommend it. I’ll give it 30 days and post an update here.