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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW - BaoFeng Dual band UV-5R VHF/UHF Dual Band Radio 136-174 400-480Mhz Transceiver

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* Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz 
* Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby 
* Output Power: 4 /1Watts 
* 128 Channels 
* 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS 
* Built-in VOX Function 
* 1750Hz Brust Tone 
* FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz) 
* LED Flashlight 
* Large LCD Display 
* Hight /Low RF Power Switchable 
* 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable 
* Emergency Alert 
* Low Battery Alert 
* Battery Saver 
* Time-out Timer 
* Keypad Lock 
* Monitor Channel 
* Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz 

1 x UV-5R (VHF136-174 UHF 400-480Mhz) 
1 x 7.4V 1800mah Li-ion Battery Pack 
1 x Antenna 400-480Mhz 
1 x Belt Clip 
1 x ENG Manual 
1 x Desktop Charger ( 100V ~ 240V ) 
1 x Earpiece 

Price, price, price!
Very good audio on TX and RX.
Great battery life.
Good sensitivity and selectivity.
Great features.
Expanded TX without modification.
Did I mention price?

Somewhat Mediocre build quality.(but fine for the price)
Programming cable not included.
Very quirky programming without the cable.
Almost Completely useless manual.
Channel skip and alpha tags only available using the programming software.
SMA Female antenna instead of standard SMA Male antenna.
Slow scan speed.

4 star rating.  Works great for in town and backup.  For the price can not be beat.

This is one of those things that you have to try to belive.  Although it will never be confused with Icom or any of the other major brands it works almost as well at a cost so far less that it is the Bic pen of radios.  I got one as a spare.  I am tempted to get a 2nd one as a 2nd spare at this price.  For less than a good pair of walking shoes this HT will give you countless hours of air time and fun.

Make sure you get a programming cable and save yourself some pain.

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