Discussion in 'Amateur Radio Equipment Reviews' started by N1NQC, May 22, 2012.
They're cheap. That's all I will say.
I have a wouxun up 1p,
a baofeng uv 3mark II,
and now a baofeng uv5r.
the wouxun was my first radio i bought as a new ham.
the radio is good. ive had the antenna connector come loose 2 times (open the case retightne screws) in a lil over a year, already had to replace the 17oomah battery and an antenna, but for awhile this was the only radio i had and it gets used ALOT!!!
ive bought a few mobiles and then got the uv3r. its ok for what it is.
it seems to eat batteries as after about 3 - 4 hours the bateries die. but will receive for a few more hours afterwards.
my 5r i havent done alot of transmitting on but the standby by time is quite impressive. the instructions say to completely drain the battery the first 3 times. i bought my radio a month ago and 2 days ago drained the battery for the 3rd time.
signal reports on local repeater are good. i just need to get the software to upload the freqs from my wouxun to it. it has some unneeded menu options (some that are only good for baofeng to baofeng transmiisons [secret chineeses plot to take over the world])
they're good for what they are but as a previous person said "they're chineese"
I have several of the Chinese radios, Bayofeng UV-3R+, the UV-3R+ Plus and the Puxing PX-777 Plus and a couple others. All are reliable units and cheap to purchase and get the job done. Spare parts are available for the 777 as well. I'm a Military member, and use the PX-777 for field deployments and find it to be very rugged and have never had any problems with it, and chose to use it because of the 5 watt power, keypad programming, analog volume pot and ruggedized construction and available accessories. I like the look of the UV-5R however, especially since the recent availability of the 3600 MaH batteries and am placing an order for one as soon as my retailer of choice (409Shop) gets them in stock.
No, they are not equal in fit, finish and and ease of programming as an HT from one of the Big Guys, BUT, it will receive a signal and transmit when you depress the PTT---and, at a lot cheaper price.
I hear the gripes about these radios, but the difference between the economic impact of $50 versus $300 on my checking account is not to be ignored.
All I can say is, it's the best $50 2m/440 rig on the market right now, hands down! I've had mine 6 months now, no issues. I did buy the programming cable, so much easier to program it with.
I've got a 2m/440 and a 2m/ 220 Wouxun transceiver(s). For around $100.00 shipped on average they are a great deal. Included a Li-on battery with a drop in charger and a programming cable with the software. Solid build quality with above average fit and finish. I've sold off all my other H-T's by Yaesu and Icom. Kenwood accessories work with the Wouxun's. All in all they are a great value and come with an 18 month warranty and north American support through many US dealers. That said, mine are 2 plus years old and have always worked 100%. I would recommend these H-T's.
I recommend the Baofeng UV-5R. Easy to program by computer, pretty, has touch tones, real Volume control and on/off switch (unlike the UV-3R) and enough power to get out. A new battery is out for it that is 3600mAH. That should give INCREDIBLE battery life! Drop in charger, works great! I am tickled with mine. My UV-3R has display issues, but works otherwise. A little QRP.
I've been in ham radio since 1977 and have spent a bundle on the big 3 radios over the years. Having said that, I recently bought a Baofeng UV 5R, and a Wouxun KG-UV6X which is the commercial version, same as the KG UV6D with a few extras. The UV 5R was $54 shipped to my door , included drop in charger, and all the other basic goodies but they also added the programming cable so I couldn't resist. The Wouxun was $180 shipped to my door but in my opinion it's a whole lot better. Not that the Baofeng isn't good, it is, it works well but the Wouxun works better in my tests. Both have an aftermarket antenna to give them a little more punch. I was totally shocked one day when I read that you could buy a dual band HT will all these features for about $60, this is unheard of because for so many years if you wanted a good working dual band HT you had to spend $300 or more. These radios work, and they work well, they may not have bluetooth, and some of the other features of the big 4, but they suit my needs just fine.
Here's the Baofeng UV-3R Mk II (2M/440) and the Wouxun KG-UV3D (2M/220) side-by-side. The Baofeng has gone everywhere with me (kayaking, snowmobiling, business travel, etc) and has been very solid. I just picked up the Wouxun and so far, I really like it.
I bought couple FDC HTs about 2-3 years ago. Very basic HT but has everything to work any repeater. Pretty easy to set up and program. I bought one each 2M and 70cm at about $30 each new, looks like the price went up. They still work ok.
Add me to the Wouxon bandwagon. I love my KG-UVD1P HT. I agree on the need for a better antenna than the rubber ducky that came with it.
I also have the Yeasu FT-8900R; but I'm working on making it backpack portable so I haven't played with it at all yet. I've heard really good things about it though.