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of the Baofeng UV3R.
Jan 3, 2013 10:46
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If you can get it for $30 Used....
Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Baofeng UV3R Mark One
I got this used on Ebay for $29 plus shipping. This came with 2 separate antennas, one for two meters and another the 440 band. In addition it came with the charger, and a charger base and manual.
1.It is small and cheap.
2.Not too difficult to program manually.
3.Good sensitive receiver.
4.Accessories (if you want them) are inexpensive.
5.It has 2 meter and 440 in addition to NWS radio and the FM broadcast band ( as well as a flashlight).
6.You can get these in different colors.
1. Volume needs modification because the lowest volume is not low enough. (There is a video called "UV-3R volume modification" on Youtube that explains how to fix it by soldering in a resistor).
2.This radio lacks alkaline battery capability for 'bug out bags' or 'just in case' emergencies. Radios that have dead rechargeable batteries are useless unless you have a spare charged battery or a cigarette lighter adapter/charger. Baofeng could have made the radio a bit bigger to accommodate three AAA alkaline batteries.
3.This version, UV3R Mark 1 came with a VHF and a UHF antenna. A dual band antenna would have been better. Maybe they went to a dual band antenna in the Mark 2.
If you can get a used one for $30 then go for it. You do get a lot of features for the money.
There are two different UV3R models that I am aware of. Mark 1 and a Mark 2. I am reviewing the Mark 1. Hopefully they fixed the volume control issue in the Mark 2 or with the UV5.
Overall It is an OK rig to for the money just to mess around with. Just make sure you have a cigarette lighter or charger with you if you plan to use it for an emergency.
If you are planning on getting a radio for a 'bug out bag' or to throw in the glove compartment 'just in case'. Look on Ebay for a good used single or dual band that runs on alkaline batteries for $50 to $125.
I would have rated it a 5 if it didn't have the volume control issue. But it gets a 4 for the amount of features it has for the money.
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