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Author Topic: Extra low power setting on Baofeng UV-3R or others?  (Read 2781 times)
W4JST
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« on: February 14, 2013, 06:34:44 PM »

There's a high and low power setting on the UV-3R. I want to know if with the software or a menu or something if there's a way to reduce the low power setting even more such as to 15 milliwatts or something less than the 1 watt?

Some say there's some sort of a service menu on the Yaesu VX-3R I believe it is that lets you set the power setting at whatever level you want.

I wasn't sure what all HT's you could do this with and how it was done. Or what HT's out there already have this low power setting?

Preferably something small like the UV-3R etc.
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WB0UPD
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2013, 06:46:57 AM »

My Alinco DJ-V57 has low power at 1/2 watt, the Mid range power is adjustable from 1 - 3 and the high power is 5 watts.

Why would you want less than 1/2 watt output?
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W4JST
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2013, 10:38:02 AM »

I'm looking for as low as possible when high power is not needed (close range, crossband repeat etc.) to minimize radiation and maximize battery life.

I know some HT's have a 15 or 20mW setting but I don't know of any very compact or any currently made.

I heard you can program the VX-3R through a special menu to be whatever power level you want. I didn't know if anyone knew of a way to do it with the Baofeng UV-3R or any others?
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« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2013, 04:43:13 PM »

Sounds like an interesting project. If you are concerned about RF to your head there is always the hand mike option. Good luck.
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W4JST
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« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2013, 05:12:56 PM »

Thank you.

I had heard of that service menu I think it was called on the VX-3R just wasn't sure what all radios let you do that.
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