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Baofeng changes name to Pofung

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  1. KK2DOG

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    Radio supplier Baofeng has changed its product distribution
    name to Pofung for all sales outside China. In an
    announcement on its website the company says that it feels
    it's time to adapt its brand to the global stage. It notes
    that the current name Baofeng is a literal translation of
    it's Chinese character name, and as such it may be difficult
    for a hobbyist elsewhere in the world to pronounce. The
    company say that its new product name of Pofung is easier to
    pronounce and more friendly to its customers, while
    maintaining the phonetic symbolism of its brand. The
    company's official web domain will
    remain unchanged.

    Shamelessly pilfered from Amateur Radio Newsline (June 13, 2014)
  2. K7FD

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    "Rig hr is a Pofung...BTU" de K7FD
  3. W1YW

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    They just dont get this marketing thing, do they?Shudda called GRC-- great radio, cheap

    Chip W1YW
  4. W4YBB

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    A different interpretation

    Hmmm, I think I get it. "Po" as in "Poor" or inexpensive. "Fun" as in "Enjoyable to use." And the "G" stands for "Gadget".
    So, It is an, "Inexpensive Enjoyable Gadget." (c) 2014 W4YBB.
    Can someone post the Chinese character representing the name?
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2014
  5. N4ADK

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    Yeah, I heard this a while ago. Very interesting. And it seems like they've got a new line of radios too. Not sure. All I know is that I love my UV-B5. I think it's Wouxun's turn now. Unless they're too old and submit to Pofung.
  6. KC9UDX

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    Per Google Translate (take it for what it's worth), "Baofeng" is "宝丰". (Simplified Chinese)
  7. K4YZ

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    Reminds me of the 1980's TV commercials for Isuzu automobiles...Some nerdy white guy keeps trying to pronounce it correctly and makes a mess of it everytime. His Japanese colleague then hangs his head in resignation saying "...that's OK, I can't say "Cheb-ro-ray" (Chevrolet).

    For me, I'll stick with my Yaesu gear. (properly pronounced YEAH-soo, not YAZZ-zoo, like most fellows call it.)


    Steve, K4YZ
  8. AF7M

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    Chinese has many characters which have the same pronunciation but different meanings.

    Google Translate can only guess at which characters baofeng might be.

    In this case, Google Translate picked the wrong character for feng.

    The correct characters for the company Baofeng are 宝锋 as can be seen at the Chinese version of its website.

    Gary AF7M
  9. KC0W

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    "Why you no good son of a ^%$#%"............."Pofung you".

    Tom KCØW
  10. KC7NOA

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    Id like to see them make an all band - all mode - radio thats the size of a regular deck of cards .... 2 steps up better than the X1M and 1/10th the cost !!!!
  11. K1FBI

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    Maybe it's backwards: GNUFOP ..G-NUF-OP (good enough for most operators).
  12. AB8MA

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    Reminds me of the movie "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight".
  13. AJ4XM

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    They obviously need some help in marketing. It can not be any better as Pofung than it was as Baofeng in any language except maybe Chinese! With all the words in all the languages of the world, including those that don't use Roman letters, this is the best they could come up with? Now we know where all the profit from their overpriced radios goes!

  14. WG7X

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    Still won't be able to pronounce it, so what's the diff?
  15. KC9UDX

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    They should have changed their name to "The radio formerly known as Baofeng."

    They could have this logo:

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