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Reviews Summary for Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R
Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R Reviews: 271 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $60
Description: Micro sized dual band 2m/70cm radio.
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KD0DUJ Rating: 5/5 Jul 9, 2016 00:27 Send this review to a friend
better internal mic  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought my UV-5r from a friend of mine yesterday and this radio works with the speaker mic and with out it and there is no problem with field programming and is a great beginner radio for new hams
KU4UV Rating: 4/5 Jul 4, 2016 20:32 Send this review to a friend
Not bad as long as you have reasonable expectations.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I recently picked one of these radios up at R and L Electronics for around $40. I went ahead and purchased the matching SMA to BNC connector for the radio as well, as I am not a big fan of SMA connectors. The radio that I purchased apparently had a bad solder connection or loose connection somewhere in the microphone. I kept wondering why no one was coming back to me on the repeaters, even though I was hitting the repeaters just fine. I finally realized that I had no audio output from the transceiver, once I monitored myself on my scanner. Slightly tapping the front of the radio near the microphone seemed to fix the problem, at least for now. R and L told me to bring the radio back in next time I was in town, and they would replace it, but for now, I will hold off on that as long as the radio is working o.k.
These radio seems to be fine, as long as you have reasonable quality expectations out of them. You can't really compare a $40 dual-band radio to a $300 radio from the 3 major manufacturers. I should add that I also work for, and we sell quite a few of these radio. I should know, as I have picked the orders for customers who bought them. I have already ordered another UV-5R from Amazon, as I can pick the 4 Watt version up from Amazon for around $20 with my employee discount. The radio does have a bit of a learning curve to it in terms of programming, especially if you are used to programming a Kenwood, Icom, or Yaesu. The radio isn't difficult to program if you follow the steps in some of the online Youtube videos.
I like the fact that the radio includes a flashlight/strobe feature. I plan on keeping on of these radios in my glove compartment for when I travel, as the strobe light is nice to have to alert other drivers in case you need assistance or have a roadside emergency. The stock antenna is a joke, as are a lot of stock handheld antennas. I highly recommend a different antenna if you purchase this radio. I have already made some satellite contacts through SO-50 using this radio along with a tape measure yagi beam. All-in-all, a nice radio with a lot of good features. For $40, I won't lose too much sleep if the thing craps out on me in a year or two.
K7VNE Rating: 5/5 Jun 13, 2016 12:58 Send this review to a friend
No complaints  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Have had 4 of these for about 2 months now, 2 - 5r's, and 2 of the 8 watt 5rTP units. These have been error free and the battery life with the standard battery has been outstanding. Highly recommended as a first radio for anyone who has just entered the world of Ham. In fact, I have spoken with several long time hammers who also own them. In order to join in on our local net from my "easy chair", I use an old Diamond D-130 to transmit on. While doing so, I have been told several times that my signal is the best on our net. Only reason I am upgrading to a Yaesu is to experience some HF.
VK2NN Rating: 5/5 May 24, 2016 03:02 Send this review to a friend
Great for the money  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Only for the dual watch it has and the easy free software programming worth every cent spent.
The microphone on the unit is low needs a mod connecting though the Baofeng Speaker Mic
works ok.
K2PHD Rating: 5/5 May 23, 2016 20:23 Send this review to a friend
Great radio for the price  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Now that I have replaced the radio's stock antenna with one from eBay for $2 this radio performs as well as my Yeasu and Kenwood handi-talkies. The price is cheap, the functionality is broad, and with a cheat sheet I have found the radio to be easy to manually program.
M6RIK Rating: 5/5 May 23, 2016 14:17 Send this review to a friend
Exellent performer for the price!  Time owned: more than 12 months
For the price this radio is hard to beat. It's not a sensitive as some of my other radios but it costs 1/5 of what they do.

It can be a little hard to program but it works really well - for the money.
W8QZ Rating: 1/5 May 16, 2016 07:24 Send this review to a friend
Ok while it worked, but . . ..  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
I must have happened on a bad one - after owning the radio a couple of months, it has developed a habit of shutting down in a hard lock-up during transmissions. The only fix is to remove the battery, wait at least 10 minutes, and then reconnect. This problem is NOT caused by battery charge level, as far as I can tell. The radio will receive all day, just fine. Oh well, for $30, I can't complain too much - maybe just use the thing for a trap-shoot target?
Programming it is a royal pain, but with the help of it CAN be done from the keyboard. As frequently noted, the stock antenna is pretty close to a dummy load -
I'm now planning to buy something better.
"Buy cheap, buy twice!"
KD8RNO Rating: 3/5 Mar 24, 2016 05:32 Send this review to a friend
You get what you pay for.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I bought the radio because it was cheap, small, and I was curious. The transmit power is not as strong as my Yaesu handheld, especially on simplex.

The user manual is difficult to understand in places, and other times totally useless. NOT A BEGINNERS FIRST RADIO. Manual programming is extremely difficult. It took me three days of off and on frustration, watching YouTube and trail and error to program two frequencies for repeater use. You have to program every little bit of info that most other handhelds just assume. Lots of profanity was said in the process of programming this little __________.
KB8BLZ Rating: 5/5 Mar 18, 2016 23:49 Send this review to a friend
Not The Best But It is Good  Time owned: more than 12 months
I have owned a uv-5r for a couple years now and while this radio is not up to the same standards as the big 3 or 4 name brand radios, you can't really beat them for a knock around radio. They work and they are cheap. They aren't the easiest radios to program and they aren't going to make your friends envy your radio but again it works.

One thing I have noticed with mine is that if you take it outside in cold weather, the screen will go blank. The radio still works but you can't see anything on the screen. Once it warms back up everything is fine. So again, no, not a perfect radio but it does the job and if you lose it in a dinosaur or alien attack, you won't cry. Well, you may cry if being attacked by a dinosaur or alien but not over losing the radio... I would certainly recommend one if someone asked...
KG9H Rating: 5/5 Jan 28, 2016 13:47 Send this review to a friend
Good knock around radio  Time owned: more than 12 months
Great radios, I have three of them. Like G4XTA said, there is something weird about the charger. I have one like the picture above and two new (ok, I have 4 actually...) with the silver plate on the front. I needed to mark the chargers so I did not mix them up. Otherwise it seems that I mix them up and then cannot charge the battery on the alternate charge. Who knows but as long as I keep mine straight, I have chargers. I love the FM broadcast capability. I boat a lot and it is nice to listen to FM when the band is quiet. No drama with the priority, when the channel comes alive, it reverts to the station I want to listen to and FM goes away. Downside it is a real pain to program - had to use software to do this.
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