|Item Weight||1.9 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||10.5 x 6.2 x 2.2 inches|
|Item model number||MINI UV-2501+220 (Gen. 3)|
BTECH MINI UV-2501+220 (Gen. 3) 25 Watt Tri-band Base, Mobile Radio: 136-174mhz (VHF), 210-230mhz (1.25M), 400-520mhz (UHF) Amateur (Ham)
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- 13.8V Operating Voltage Source Required, Built in Cooling Fan - Scrambler/Inversion Chipset, DTMF, 5Tone, 2Tone, CTCSS, and DCS Calling Modes Supported (Remote Kill/Stun Supported)
- High / Low Power Settings (Selectable after Programming and by Keypad): VHF Power is up to 25 watts 1.25M and UHF Power up to 20 watts. Frequency Range: 65-108 MHz(Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz, VHF 1.25M (210-230Mhz), and UHF 400-520 MHz; Wideband (Broad) / Narrowband (Narrow) Selectable
- Recommended Accessories: Pair UV-2501+220 with the Nagoya TB-320A Antenna (and RB-50 Magnetic Mount) for easy installation. The PC04 FTDI Cable is recommended for easy computer programming
- Dual Watch monitoring VHF/UHF and 220Mhz: The 220 MHz band antenna lowpass filter is switched with a relay and the 2 meter lowpass filter and 70 cm highpass filters are switched with PIN diodes - resulting in a audible relay switch noise when monitoring 220MHz with VHF/UHF simultaneously. A relay that completely isolated the 220 MHz RF filter won't impact the RF performance of the 2 meter/70 cm bands. If monitoring dual 220MHz or VHF/UHF simultaneously the relay is not heard or used.
- Tribander Mobile Radio Kit Includes: BTECH UV-2501+220, Speaker Mic, 6 foot DC Cable with Cigarette Plug Connector, Radio & Mic Brackets, Mounting Hardware, and User Guide
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Generation 3 Updates
The 3rd Gen. BTECH mobiles focus on significant hardware updates. The UV-2501+220 update has an updated board which provides unmatched performance compared to any transceiver in its class - focusing on refined audio clarity, selectivity, and filtering. The firmware has also been updated with user adjustable DTMF Gain and Mic Gain. Power toggling is now selectable right on the keypad.
Wide Frequency Coverage
The UV-2501+220 provides extended dual-band coverage of 136-174Mhz, 210-230, and 400-520Mhz - Narrowband (12.5kHz) and Wideband (25kHz) Support.
Dual Watch Receiver
The UV-2501+220 operates as two radios in one allowing you to simultaneously monitor two frequencies at once.
For those that want to have the most information at their fingertips - you can 'Sync' the dual displays to show both the name and frequency. This allows the displays to be synched to the same channel while browsing your channel memories
The UV-2501+220 puts out up to 25 Watts of power on VHF/220 and up to 20 Watts on UHF. You can toggle between high and low power right on the keypad.
Fully Customizable through the Free Software
You can program your radio exactly how you want it. There are 200 programmable memory channels. You can add or remove channels from scanning list. You can give channels alphanumeric names. The radio has an available low power setting of 7 watts, allowing you to choose how far you can communicate. You can easily program from a PC to set-up the radio to operate exactly as needed. (The PC04 FTDI Cable is recommended for easy programming)
13.8V (7 Amp) Operating Voltage Source Required
Audio Line-Out in Rear - Update from UV-2501
2M: 25W (Peak), 20W (AVG) / Low: 10W
1.25M: 20W (Peak) 15W (AVG) / Low: 7W
70CM: 20W (Peak) 15W (AVG) / Low: 7W
Top customer reviews
Just got back from a 750 mile road trip, I talked on it from start to finish. It worked great. I used CHIRP to program it, which was very easy IF you have the correct cable.
I just went through the Repeater Book and pulled down all the 2 M repeaters on my route, converted them from CSV format to IMG, uploaded them to my radio and I was all set. I also printed out a listing from the CSV file that had all the towns on my route so I would know which memory to switch to. CHIRP puts the Memory number into the radio so that along with my printed list made is simple to advance through my repeaters.
I also talked a long time on 146.520 simplex with a guy from Florida who was traveling in my direction. Also had a few simplex chats with base operators.
I put a ball cap over the radio to keep it from overheating on the dash board and it worked just great.
LOVE THIS LITTLE THING>
I've had a good number of radios, from handheld radios to mobile to old boat anchors. So when I had the opportunity to review the new BTech UV2501+220 I jumped on it. The BTech brand appears to be BaofengTech's private label but there is nothing to indicate it's not a Baofeng radio. Regardless the build quality is excellent, as is the quality control. Below are my notes on the radio.
The first thing you notice when you unbox the unit is that it's is small. It feels QRP small, but that's not a bad thing. I've had enough trouble hunting down the perfect location to mount bulky radios that this was a relief. I included pictures comparing it to my Yaesu FT-2600 for a visual comparison. It's about half the size. Surprisingly the buttons don't feel cramped at all. When you're driving down the road it's important to be able to reach up and hit a button without having to visually see which one you're touching. We've all done the mental count, there's nothing worse than powering off a unit trying to change a memory bank. The handheld mic fits comfortably in my hand and comes with a metal mounting bracket to keep it out the way. Keying the mic has that familiar click to let you know you're transmitting but if you weren't sure the LCD panel changes colors(you can set either Blue, Orange or Purple) to denote transmission and reception. It hooks in to the front of the unit with a standard RJ45 port. There's a small fan on the back of the unit that keeps it cool. I was surprised it got as warm as it did but we aren't talking toaster warm, just hand warmers warm. I had the third gen model which comes with an audio out jack on the back. I successfully hooked up a FM transmitter to place it over my speakers. There are times I like to just monitor or use it for NOAA weather updates so it was nice to play it over the cars audio system. For the knob lovers you're greeted by the standard volume on the right and multifunction selector on the left.
Using this isn't much different than any modern day transceiver. If you've used any of the Baofeng HT radios you'll be familiar with the menu system already. I'll talk about programming in a moment but there are a few features I wanted to mention right off the bat. There's a setting for auto power off(APO) that can be set between 30 and 300 minutes. I've walked back up to my car after a day at work to hear someone blaring through the window. APO will turn the radio off if you haven't received a signal in a set amount of time. It eliminates me having to remember to turn on that silent piece of equipment that hasn't made a peep my entire commute. A lot of people like to dual monitor but I found the Sync setting more useful. When you have it on the A and B display change with each other but can be set to display the channel name and frequency together. When switching bands there is an audible click of the internal relay. If you're scanning you'll hear it switching fairly quickly but it doesn't seem to affect performance at all. I used a Baiston frequency counter and power sensor on it. The frequency deviation was around a single Khz when transmitting though I can't say that it's properly calibrated. Still it's within the range I'm comfortable with. The power output was as advertised but more importantly I didn't see any drop in transmit power as I had seen noted elsewhere. So what about the audio? I had no problem with reception, the audio quality was great and if I could receive it I could understand it. I got good reports on transmit too. For repeaters that I didn't have anyone on air I had to rely on the courtesy tone from keying. I reached stations cross county without a problem. That's not bad for a 25 watt rig.
I couldn't leave a review without touching on the software. It hooks up using the Baofeng PC04 FTDI cable. I originally tried using a portable battery bank but had some trouble so I switched to one of my bench power supplies. The software seems to be specific to this model. In truth it reminds me of Windows 95 but it's not horrible. It's not CHIRP but it's not in Chinese either which is a big plus. In addition to programming the channels themselves all of the settings are programmable via the software from the display color to the power on message. I occasionally bring in my unit so it was nice to be able to program FM radio stations in using a special feature of the software that allowed FM listening.
I think for anyone that wants an inexpensive, reliable mobile radio this is the way to go. I'd highly recommend it. It's got all the functionality you'd need without spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars. I became a ham operator years ago and say what you will about the "Chinese" brands these are great radios. I did receive this product as a review unit but my reviews represent my opinion and are not influenced by the seller or manufacturer in anyway. As a personal note, the packaging for this unit has "John 3:16" subtly printed on the back. Regardless of your religious beliefs it's both inspiring and admirable to see a company living their faith through their profession. Thank you.