Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by KD5PCK, Apr 17, 2012.
i have one. very nice ht
I also have a UV 5R and it's a great little radio. Mine measures out 5 watts VHF 4 watts UHF on a Bird Watt meter.. Some say it's a 4 watt radio, but I'm seeing 5 watts hi 1 watt low on the VHF side. The battery lasts a long time and the radio has a very good receiver on it also. For $52.90 delivered to my door it's a steal... You can also toggle between lo and hi power if you're in the memory channel mode on the fly by pressing the # key at bottom right on the key pad. So if you have a memory channel programmed in at High power and find that you can get in nicely on Low power just press the # key and a small " L " will show up on your display. It is only valid until you change frequency's then it goes back to whatever your memory is set at. There are a few web pages that show some tips and tricks for the UV 5R that can be helpful as well as a lot of Youtube videos on this radio now.
I bought one from 409 radio shop a few months ago. I've used it a lot. Pretty impressive for $50bucks!
3.fm radio built in
4. spare batteries are dirt cheap
5. TX audio is pretty good.
6.Open for "emergency" FRS, GMRS and MURS use.
7. Battery life is pretty good.
1. stock antenna is junk or at least mine is.
2.Fm radio stopped working after a couple weeks
3. Screen contrast increases when radio gets hot. To the point where you can't read it.
4. RX quality is not that great. Especially with FM broadcast radio. Puxing 777/888's are way better in the RX department. But they cost a lot more too!
5. Kind of a pain to program.
Overall it's a neat little toy for thous close to repeaters or looking for a expendable rig. It's a good kick around radio/backup. However it dose not hold a candle to my Icom V82 that I use for events. Turning my v82 down to 4w with the stock antenna it outperforms the 5r on TX and RX by miles. Still I must admit I usually just pack around my little 5r wile in the outdoors and around town. At $50 bucks it's not a big loss if it gets lost or broken.
Is there any difference in size between the uv3r and uv5r..??
Don't know where they measure, but manuals say 3R 81mm, 5R 110mm. Need room for the keypad.
Measured my 3R, seems to measure the main case not including the knob.
My 3R gets lost in my shirt pocket, think the 5R would also.
TOM K8ERV Montrose Colo
the uv 5r is slightly smaller than an wouxun radio.