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The Radio Better Than a Baofeng

Discussion in 'Amateur Radio News' started by VK7HH, Apr 8, 2023.

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  1. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    I've been playing with this nice little unit over the past few days. Pretty impressed!

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  2. W4LLZ

    W4LLZ Ham Member QRZ Page

    I appreciate the testing and review of the radio.
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  3. KR3DX

    KR3DX Ham Member QRZ Page

    This is a great review by Hayden, he's concise and to the point, and he does actual testing with a spectrum analyzer. He also has responded to viewers questions and has done additional testing with more in-depth information here:
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  4. VK7HH

    VK7HH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Thanks! I appreciate the kind comments
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  5. AC0GT

    AC0GT Ham Member QRZ Page

    I like that USB-C charging is catching on. I find it exceedingly annoying that anyone would use anything but USB-C for charging when it is such an inexpensive option to add. I've seen products that violate the USB-C charging spec so I'd be reluctant to use cheap random brands but if tested for compliance in some kind of moderately thorough review then I'd be more confident in the product safety and durability. It would seem equally trivial to me for manufacturers to put in wide coverage receive on Amateur radios. Perhaps they don't have to go as wide as 50 to 600 MHz but covering some common bands adds considerable value for entertainment, getting news/weather/other info, and tracking down interference.
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  6. MW7ARE

    MW7ARE Ham Member QRZ Page

    It really has some useful features, impressed with mine :)
  7. N1RND

    N1RND Ham Member QRZ Page

    Does it have a real S meter unlike the Boafungs?
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  8. W2TH

    W2TH XML Subscriber QRZ Page

    Pretty much any radio is better than a baoturd!
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  9. KB6ZOP

    KB6ZOP Ham Member QRZ Page

    I just can't understand why it would have a completely foreign DTMF pad. The universal standard for over 40 years would have 16, not 12, and the # and * would be on the bottom row with the zero. It doesn't have the A, B, C or D keys.
    Very poor design in that aspect. It's like one of those disposable Retevis HTs.
    To me a functional interface is as important as meeting all other standards.
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  10. KQ1V

    KQ1V Premium Subscriber QRZ Page

    ...when all else fails, there's Motorola!
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  11. AA7BQ

    AA7BQ QRZ Founder QRZ HQ Staff QRZ Page

    I’ve been a ham for 35 years and I’ve never used the A, B, C, or D keys. I suspect that I’m not the only one.
  12. KB6ZOP

    KB6ZOP Ham Member QRZ Page

    And that's OK. I too have been a HAM for 35 years, but I use the extra keys frequently, as do a lot of other HAMS who use certain features, such as remote control of repeater controllers, IRLP, AllStarLink, Remote Bases, Home IOT, X-10 (not many of those anymore, but you get the drift.)
    Regardless, the keypad is a poor design that doesn't meet the norm.
    You have to admit, we've seen a lot of changes over those 35 years, not all of them have been good.

    To the OP, I too appreciate the article and your review, I just don't like the aesthetics of the rig and would not be comfortable operating such a foreign DTMF pad, nor could I use it to enable/disable my IRLP node without changing my codes first.
  13. K6PPT

    K6PPT Ham Member QRZ Page

    What a piece of junk.
    Space patrol walkie-talkie from RadioShack
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  14. N7JI

    N7JI Ham Member QRZ Page

    The article's title is misleading.
    "The Radio Better than a Baofeng" could refer to literally any radio that's not a Baofeng.
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  15. W9EBE

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    Youngster. hi hi
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