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Need comms? Baofeng six-pack on sale.

Discussion in 'HOT Deals - Links to what we can't live without' started by JT, Mar 25, 2020.

  1. JT

    JT If you can't say something nice ... Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    Pink_Vapor I din’t spell Thummer Wrong Supporting Member

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    Are these the newly .gov restricted frequency radios?
     
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  3. JT

    JT If you can't say something nice ... Benefactor Life Member Supporting Member

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    No idea ... sorry. I just saw the ad.
     
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    REELDOC EYES OPEN, NO FEAR Benefactor Supporting Member

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    dave421 Active Member Charter Life Member

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    What’s realistic range on one of these in the foothills? It seems like most of the reviews mentioning it are using open frequencies and I have no idea how that actually effects it. This is assuming using it with the unit as is.


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    Simplex comms (handheld to handheld)? Rule of thumb will be mostly line of sight, that could be only 100 yards or a few miles. You will be limited by any topographical changes/buildings or other obstructions between you and the person your trying to reach.

    They are good little radios but certainly not icom/kenwood/yaesu quality.
     
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    georgel Behind Every Blade of Grass Supporting Member

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    These are not the radios you think they are...


    Specifications


    • Frequency Range: UHF 400-470MHz.
    • RF Rated Power: ≤ 5W.
    • Channel Spacing: 25KHz.
    • Operated Voltage: 3.7V.
    • Battery: 1500MAh Li-ion.
    • Battery Life: About 8 hours.
    • Frequency Stability: ±2.5ppm.
    • Operated Temperature: -30°c-+60°c.
    • Antenna Impedance: 50Ω.

    Functions


    • 16 Channel.
    • 1500mAh Li-ion battery.
    • 50 CTCSS/105 CDCSS.
    • VOX Function.
    • PC Programming.
    • Emergency Alarm.
    • Battery Save.
    • Low Voltage Alert
    • Time-out Timer.
    • FlashLight
     
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    Meh, just found the 888s on Amazon. In the main product description it says output power is < or = 5W, but in the details it lists the transmitter section as being 3W. A typical UV5R is 5W..

    I have two of these $20 ones:
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Baofeng-UV-5R-Two-Way-Ham-Radio-V-UHF-Dual-Band-Walkie-Talkie-Earphone/352507841903?_trkparms=aid=1110006&algo=HOMESPLICE.SIM&ao=1&asc=226053&meid=ae7d430ecfa842e595ee299ac5b3f44c&pid=100005&rk=1&rkt=12&mehot=sb&sd=202429357103&itm=352507841903&pmt=1&noa=0&pg=2047675&algv=SimplAMLv5PairwiseWebWithBBEV1Filter&brand=Baofeng&_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851

    And two of these 8W versions:
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07P81GV3X/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    The 8W ones came with larger and extra batteries, otherwise they are very similar in form and function. The biggest complaint I have re both of them is that they don't display the channel names you give them in the CHIRP software, so you have to keep the frequencies cross referenced on paper to refer to.
     
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    Sure they are, they are wonderful little disposable radios that don't hurt your feelings when you drop them off a tower. :D

    UV5R is a more versatile radio for sure but these are good little UHF toss around rigs provided you don't need a digital display.
     
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    georgel Behind Every Blade of Grass Supporting Member

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    Just noting that some people might mistake these for UV5R dual-band equivalents, which they are not. These are mono-band UHF radios.
    I don't know if they offer repeater offsets or tones. They cover the FRS/GMRS bands, but are they likely not certified for that. Too much power for the FRS channels for sure. They cover the amateur UHF bands, so to use, a license is required. But, you're still restricted to UHF only. For me they are very niche and not useful to my applications. They may work for some. But, was just wanting people to note the limitatoins these radios have, especially newbies.
     
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    They have programmable tones and will work with repeaters.

    I believe they are part 90 certified as well now, for what that's worth. I admittedly don't know the legalities of using these for GMRS/FRS/etc. I've never dabbled in those.
     
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    Hopefully not to derail this thread, as I have one of the UV-5Rs, but is there a NOT-made-in-china radio that is comparable to these?
     
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    RFMan Member Benefactor Life Member

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    Comparable in what way(s)? Certainly not in price. And even the big names are making everything over there now. So, pretty much, no. Unless you found a used HT that was made in the 80s, maybe.
     
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    Yeah, but they're made in Japan. :D

    Actually, even those are getting outsourced to China. There are some great older radios on the used market, but you really have to know what you're looking for and where to look. I'm running a HT from circa 2006 that I managed to find an upgraded battery for and it's great. Some limitations, yes. But, it's quality and durable.
     
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    I have a few of these BF888s radios and have donated a few to my kids school. I am also a radio tech by trade. 2 watts max out if these. Can be programmed with Chirp software. Will do UHF business channels, FRS, GMRS and ham repeaters. Of course you need a license for ham, GMRS and most business channels. They cover the campus at their school and seem to hold a charge for a while. I have some of these that I have not used in months and they still have a a day or two of power to use them. On the road car to car, about a mile. At Disney, they worked all over. Hard to beat for under $10 a radio. The UV5R is better. Not saying these are the best thing ever but for infrequent use on non-life saving missions, they are good. My preference for a radio is a Motorola.
    These come preprogrammed and some of those frequencies are not even close to be legal to use without a license. I have seen so many contractors using these right out of the box. I doubt they programmed them.
     
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