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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Baofeng/Pofung UV-B6 Help

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VE5EDE  Rating: 5/5 Apr 20, 2013 12:18  Send this review to a friend!
UV-B5....Just Getting Better & Better  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This is a review for new the dual-band Baofeng UV-B5 handheld transceiver only in production for a few weeks. (This site did not allow me to start a new category.) It cost me $42.87 from on e-Bay and included the USB programming cable and a 110v adapter. This would be a pretty darn good price if it was a mediocre radio, but it is anything but mediocre. It scans, searches, has 99 memories and dual-priority watch.

The audio is the most notable improvement. The receiver audio is much louder, more substantial, noise-free and realistic than its predecessors. The receiver has much greater intermod resistance than my Alinco DJ-G5, RS HTX-202, IC-2AT and IC-2000.

There is one mile I travel every day where I pass by a Canadian National Railroad telemetry station I call "Intermod Alley". There are two full-time transmitters and two part-time transmitters on one tower (along with local public service) in the 152mHz to 169 mHz range that will keep just about any radio crackling the whole mile of that road. The Baofeng just kerchunked once very briefly. Urban hams will appreciate this!

The appearance of the radio is much more bulbous (Japanese) than the earlier boxy radios. It is also a bit heavier and is well-built. There is nothing cheap-feeling about this radio. It has, without doubt, the sturdiest belt-clip of any radio I've ever seen. You're not going to lose this radio! There is also a COM (compander) setting with allows the option of a little more punch to the modulation. This radio has full alpha-numeric capabilities. It will not function as a cross-band repeater.

One option will appeal to visually impaired hams (or old guys like me)...every button pressed is announced through the loudspeaker. Alas, while the user manual is conjugated correctly, the sentences are still translated syntactically. Nevertheless, the average ham will figure it out. After all, "Real Hams don't need instruction manuals...."

Signal reports from other hams say this radio sounds just as good or better than any other out there. Each step forward Baofeng takes seems to be a large improvement. This radio makes them a first-rate contender in Amateur Radio. To be completely outfitted for $42.87 is a dream come true. Retired, handicapped or fixed-income hams cannot go wrong with this radio. Everyone gets more than their money's worth on the UV-B5. 
Product is in production.
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