Baofeng Ham Radios - Pros & Cons

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  1. W5KV

    W5KV Ham Member QRZ Page

    Comparing pros & cons of the infamous Baofeng Ham Radios from a practical standpoint.

    (just my .02!)

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  2. AB5CA

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    Thanks for the tips. I’m not a fan of that radio but I have one. That being said I will be looking for a better HT in the future. Thanks for another great video K5ACL..

    Fred Wilson/KG5PWA
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  3. KK4NAW

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    Many good points here but 'your mileage may vary' as they say. I purchased a UV-5R+ in 2012, still have it and it gets used a lot. Yes, one battery died (after three years) but I got a high capacity replacement for $17. Several of these have been tested by a local shop and have been found in compliance with part 97 so who knows it may depend on the production run. Power, you won't get much of anywhere with 4, 6, or 8 watt in the VHF or UHF range in general. My UV-5R+ goes about as far as my Yaesu VX-6 does and it cost over $200 (and went back for repairs after six months) but both put out about the same power.

    Is it in the same class as Yaesu, Kenwood, ICOM or Motorola? Definitely not, but if you are new to the hobby and aren't sure if it is for you long term this is a cheap way to find out for yourself.

    One of the local clubs where I used to live would hold a VE test session for new hams and give you one of these, pre-programmed for the local repeaters, if you passed. It got you on the air RIGHT NOW and in general most of the new hams were very happy but eventually went on to better equipment.

    K5ACL, good video, keep them coming!!! Just another point of view here.

    Brent Seale
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  4. KO6KL

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    the main thing i want in a HT is for it not to fall over when I set it on the coffee table...
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  5. KK4NAW

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    Me too!!!!
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  6. AI6IG

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    I agree on the quality of the radio.Although cheap, in the long run they are very expensive. For example, years ago (maybe 20 years?) I purchased a dualband IcomW2A hand-held and it's still running as well today as it did the day I bought it. My cost has been less than $15/yr, so in the long run it has been much cheaper than the Baofeng and a much, much better radio.

    With that said, I do happen to have a Baofeng 888S, a $10.00 door prize I use as a monitor of 2 local repeaters. For that, it is A-OK.
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  7. K9PLG

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    Got a Uv5R when they were new to the market back in 2012 at a local hamfest - a gentleman had 5 of them on a table in the flea market with no price so I asked 'how much are these ?' , he said $55. I asked if he would take a local check and he said sure after he looked over one of my checks.. It has worked great for me so far and was my first VHF/UHF HT (my only one so far)...Have used it for quite a few public service events and never a problem. Also acquired a better after market antenna, larger capacity battery, cigarette lighter power cord, and a speaker-mic for it and all work FB.. If they meet your needs, I see nothing wrong with them.. Even picked up a Leixen 25w dual band mobile @ Hamvention last year for my car and it works FB so far :) The big 3 need the competition although the Chinese radios are really not in the same class IMHO. Nice video !
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  8. UT7UX

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    I've tried one of these, UV-B5 with rotary encoder. Everything was good or at least acceptable for the price but the receiver was absolutely useless. Unlike "normal" superheterodyne, you'll never hear any mirrors or intermods, it'll be silent. And this is very bad: it meanly becomes deaf! It becomes deaf any time a strong signal is present anywhere - paging, trunking, TV/FM broadcast, neighbor HAM, whatever. And you'll stay with a silent radio showing no signs of a signal you're expecting for regardless actual presence of that signal. I mostly tried my one to use it with a Bluetooth TNC and a phone to operate portable APRS. Useless. Where my old TH-F7E (Euro version of TH-F6A) receives w/o any problem, Baofeng stays silent, muted with RFI. Meanwhile theoretically Baofeng has very high sensitivity itself so if you're going to use it in a desert where absence of selectivity is not an issue, you'll find it quite acceptable to receive weak FM SATs or something like this. :)

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  9. NZ5F

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    They work and I have three of them for less than $100. I hardly ever use them but they seem to be pretty effective for what they are. The one newer one holds a charge for a long time with little or no use. I imagine for emcomm they are probably a good thing to have and I have one in each of our vehicles tuned to local repeater if something unexpected happened.
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  10. K8ERV

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    Same for many other devices. Designers seem to like round bottoms. So do I, make that "round bases".

    TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo

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