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PostSubject: Baofung Radios   2016-04-29, 8:03 pm

Well, I finally ordered a Baofung Ham handheld dual bander off Amazon.
I also ordered the speaker mike, programming cable, and programming disk.
 Looks to be a fairly good deal.
 
You need to use a computer to program it up. I will post when it arrives and I get it figured out.
Are any of you other folks out there using this radio?
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PostSubject: Re: Baofung Radios   2016-06-15, 6:00 pm

I understand that depending on the model, it might not have been certified by the F.C.C. I think it can be used in the business bands and exceed maximum band with and power.

But now you have it how is it working?

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PostSubject: Re: Baofung Radios   2016-06-15, 6:47 pm

OK I guess. Big PITA to get programmed. Had to have 2 other more computer savvy hams help me set it up. I don't talk on it. Mostly use it to monitor freq.
Had to download another program to be able to use the special disk that came with it for "programming" . MUST use disk that comes with radio also. Newer or older version of software won't work on radio. I'd give it 2 thumbs down. Way too complex for me to understand and use without assistance. Likely to become 100% monitor radio or hanger queen. Waste of money, IMHO, after dealing with it.
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PostSubject: Re: Baofung Radios   2016-06-17, 9:18 pm

Oh? Hmm. One of the experts YouTube on Electronic repair and testing didn't mention that.

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PostSubject: Re: Baofung Radios   2016-06-18, 2:17 pm

Oh, & the included antenna is marginal for communication, you really need an outside antenna in rural areas to get out, depending on your location. (I am in the middle of 2 tall hills). PLUS you need an SMA adaptor to either UHF or N to match "real world" antennas.
 Not going to waste any more money on this one.
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PostSubject: Re: Baofung Radios   2016-08-11, 11:54 am

Hard to tell with sets like these. I had a buddy that ordered what he thought was an Icom V-82 handheld. It was a decent price, but turned out to be a knock off radio with no place to add the digital card that he bought just before he got the radio.

He did manage to sell the radio to a chap that wasn't interested in the digital aspect though. He made sure his next purchase was not a knock off one too. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Baofung Radios   2016-10-22, 6:31 am

I have two radios model UV-5R and UV-5RA. Also have program cable. Range on mine is about 6 miles on flat ground. I can log in on three of the repeaters around here and have ease i programming. They are good for small low power hand held radios.
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