Pofung UV-82 Dual-Band 136-174/400-520 MHz FM Ham Two-way Radio
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- Frequency Ranges: 65-108 MHz (Commercial FM radio only). VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx). Broad (Wide) / Narrowband (Narrow). High / Low Power (5W/1W).
- Frequency Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25 kHz.
- Functions include "VOX" (Voice Operated Transmission) and "OFFSET" (frequency offset for repeater access).
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Please note Pofung is rebranding name of Baofeng for international markets.
The new name ‘Pofung’ is easier to pronounce and more friendly to our customers, while maintaining the phonetic symbolism of our brand.
Our new brand ‘Pofung’ will gradually replace the existing brand ‘BAOFENG’ in the global markets outside China.
The UV-82 has an expanded frequency range and stronger antenna than earlier models, and also comes with an improved speaker, case, and button interface. The special VHF receive band can tune to FM channels and the function menu display uses a bright LCD screen for easy reading. This radio can be programmed with or without a PC to work on private repeater systems.
- General Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive only),136-174MHZ and 400-520MHZ (TX/RX)
- Programmable Channels: 128 Antenna: High gain Dual Band Antenna
- Operating Voltage: DC 7.4V
- Modes: Simple or Semi-duplex
- Antenna: SMA -Female
- Power adapter: Input: AC100-240V, 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)
- Pofung UV-82 Radio
- 7.4V/1800mAh BL-8 Battery
- Battery Charger and Power Adapter
- Belt Clip
- Hand Strap
- User Manual
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Now I have this UV-82 with the earpiece and life is a lot better. I've been using this every day at work for a few months now with zero issues and I love it. We use 2 channels, and now instead of having to flip back and forth I can monitor and talk on both simultaneously. I can also listen to fm radio stations and when someone transmits on my 2 channels I am monitoring, it will cut to that instantly, and in 15 seconds return to the music automatically. If I push the talk button, it does the same way. There's a lot of issues with people sitting on or pressing their mic's accidentally and transmitting but as long as the music is playing, I know that is not happening on my radio. Also found another trick; get one of those small fm transmitters and plug it into your ipod/phone android etc... and listen to your music. Not aloud to wear headphones at work, but are made to wear a 2 way radio all day? no problem. The battery lasts me through my 12 hour shift easily as long as I start with a fresh one at the beginning. It is currently outperforming the Kenwood 2200mAh that everyone else uses. They are all a couple years old though and I know mine will fall off the more times it is cycled, but so far experiencing awesome performance out of these small batteries.
If you use this for work, you will have to figure out what frequency your radios transmit and receive on. These I looked up on the FCC web site, by county I believe. There were more frequencies licensed than the ones I needed because we have paging systems on all of our machines, so it took some narrowing down to get the right ones. Next you will have to figure out the DCS codes. With just the frequencies I was able to receive, but I couldn't unlock the speakers on the other radios without the right code. Well just so happens there is an option on this radio that finds this for you. Then you can hold in the transmit button on the coded radio and the UV-82 goes through all the codes until it stops on the one the other radio is transmitting. Then just program this radio to transmit the dcs code.
Programming on the radio itself is no fun and sometimes it does not take anyway. I recommend getting the CHIRP software and the programming cable like others have suggested, it really makes it a breeze. I had zero experience with radio programming and was able to figure it out fairly easily. So now I have my work freq's programmed along with all the surrounding counties EMS,police, the FRS, MURS and a couple ham bands and NOAA. So this would work for a prepper radio also. Just be careful because you can transmit on bands that are illegal for you to transmit on.
When being used as a scanner, it works great also. But if you have NOAA set on there and you have it set to stop at that channel until it quits receiving it will not move on because they never quit talking. That's okay because you can tell the radio not to scan that frequency. So it won't come up while scanning, but you can still flip to it manually as one of your channels. They have just about covered all the bases with this radio. And I still have like 20 channels open to program, just ran out of freq's I want to monitor. Oh you can also scan on one band and monitor your work channel etc... on the other and have that one take priority over the one that's being scanned. I have done this at work before and was able to hear about all the personal crisis/ burglaries etc... without missing a call to a machine or any of the work chatter.
The radio seemed pretty light and cheap, but mostly due to it having an aluminum frame instead of steel frame(which I think is a great idea). It has held up pretty well in an environment that's pretty hostile to radios. I've knocked it around a lot and it keeps on ticking. I haven't fully immersed it in hydraulic oil yet but I'll update when I do.
Also be careful. if you hold the "F" key in too long instead of pressing it(switches back and forth to fm) it is set to activate an audible alarm. if that goes off for too long it will begin to transmit on band 1. Scared the crap out of my coworkers with that one and they said I gave a former cop a flashback. oops....
UPDATE: I finally broke the cheap dual ptt mic. that I bought with the radio.(probably yanked the wires loose on the inside) Guess I snagged it too many times on machinery. I am now using one of the Kenwood mics. Works fine, I can still monitor both channels, but without the dual ptt buttons I can only transmit on band 1 and have to change channels on that to talk on "work channel 2".
The radio itself is holding up great and still functions as it did on day one, with the exception of some cosmetic dings from constantly knocking it around and I've dropped it on concrete quite a few times now. Amazes me how well the belt clip is holding up as well. As I said, my work environment is hostile to radios, so at almost 6 months of service I am pretty happy with the durability of this cheap little radio. It seems like the microphone jacks are built better and more sturdy than the ones on the Kenwoods as they are surrounded by metal instead of plastic. I still recommend this radio, although it still has yet to survive its first oil bath.
A lot of people are stating that they are having issues with the charger not mating right with the battery to make it charge. I must have got a good one because I haven't had any issues. I still look at it suspiciously until the red light comes on because of what I have read and it does appear to be cheaply made. One of the reasons I think I don't have any issues is because I charge the battery separately from the radio?, as you could do it either way. I bought a spare battery when I purchased the radio so I always keep one fully charged and ready to go. You CAN NOT be without a radio where I work, so I always have a contingency. Maybe the radio doesn't fit as well as it should? I bought one of these radios for my dad and he charges it with the battery attached to the radio with no issues, so maybe they had a bad batch or have poor q.c. on their chargers?
So far mine always works as it should.
I noticed review by another purchaser with same problem
[2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars, February 24, 20 By PANAYOTIS XOURIS - See all my reviews
This review is from: BaoFeng UV82 Two Way Radio (Electronics)
The connection to charge it does not work well.Pain in the butt to charge it.]
After emailing back and forth with Baofeng Tech it was obvious they knew they replaced the charge stand with a lesser model. The better stands are available on Amazon @ $14.29. [Notice they have Baofeng logo on front]
It was easier to return the defective radios to Amazon.
You get what you pay for ! Stay away from this one!