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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Baofeng BF-A5 Help


Reviews Summary for Baofeng BF-A5
Baofeng BF-A5 Reviews: 1 Average rating: 4.0/5 MSRP: $26.00
Description: Updated version of the BF-888S
Product is in production.
More info: http://baofengradio.com
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G6IYD Rating: 4/5 Dec 31, 2015 11:02 Send this review to a friend
Great little HT  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I purchased one of these from a ham-radio event. Already having a Baofeng BF-888S, I had just expected another facelift. The layout and controls are the same as the BF-888S. The shape and casing front are an improvement in my opinion. The battery voltage is now an 1800mAh 7.4V type. The supplied charger is specific to the BF-A5.

I was unable to programme the radio with CHIRP, but had no problems using the software download from the Baofeng website. Transmit power is about the same as the BF-888S and is more than adequate for nearby repeaters and local contacts. From my QTH I can work through a repeater over 17 miles away with the supplied antenna, which is slightly longer than the one supplied with the BF-888S

If all you want is a simple to use 16ch cheap HT, it does what it says on the box. It isn't a Yaesu or Icom, but for the price it is a real bargain. These radios are being heavily discounted, so you may get one for much less than the indicated price. If you and your partner are licensed hams, buy two!

 


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