A 10W Baofeng? Reviewing the UV-S9 Plus + REAL POWER Test

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, May 4, 2021.

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  1. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    The Baofeng UV-S9 Plus is a 10W (also 8W depending on what website you read) handheld dual band radio that transmits on the 2m and 70cm ham radio bands as well as FM receive functionality.

    In this video I do a review and show what you get for your money plus a REAL power output test to see if the claimed 10W is true, or more Baofeng seller hype!

    What do you think of these radios? Do you own one (or more)?

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  2. AA5BK

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  3. KA9JLM

    KA9JLM Ham Member QRZ Page

    They claim "10 Watts", Not 10 Watts Output.

    10 Watt battery drain sounds about right.
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  4. KF5RRF

    KF5RRF Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    As @KF5FEI would most likely say, "Those would be 10 Chinese watts." But, you're probably correct...

    "Hey! Why is the radio getting so hot?"
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  5. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I had to expect at least one of these lol
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  6. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Yes. I suspect they are quoting the "input power" i.e. Specs are 7.4V at <1.4A (Transmit) current draw is around 10W... it outputs 5W so it's around 50% efficient
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  7. W1YW

    W1YW Ham Member QRZ Page

    Even at 5 watts 'to the antenna' you still are far from RF exposure compliance (Part 97 hams) for a hand held situation. Check it out yourself.
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  8. K9GLS

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    5w on 2m. 5w on 440. total 10w. Chinese math.
    K5JKR, KN0A, W7XLR and 8 others like this.
  9. NU4R

    NU4R Ham Member QRZ Page

    I'd rather be entertained by more political rhetoric than more dribble about the latest and greatest scam from Baofeng.
    Last edited: May 5, 2021
    W7XLR, KD9HIG, KD9FEK and 5 others like this.
  10. W8IXI

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    What do you want for 25 bucks?

    This is the kind of HT I buy as I am known to leave one out on the deck overnight, followed by a thunderstorm.

    I bought one of these a few months ago in a moment of pandemic boredom. Of course I never expected ten watts (or eight as mine says) but attaching a Nagoya antenna and a speaker wire counterpoise, I got some very impressive results.

    In recent "breakout" mode, where we traveled by air from Ohio to Arizona, this was the radio to put in the carryon.

    It worked as well there as it did in Ohio- maybe better, as the repeater network out there is just made for this radio. And very simple to load up your new repeaters via Chirp. And of course it tunes FM radio, and Weather Radio wherever you might be in the US.

    Probably worth the 25 bucks just for that. ;)
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