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of the Baofeng UV-5R.
Sep 20, 2013 22:14
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Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I decided to buy one of these after reading the many reviews on them. Mine is a UV-5RA with a firmware code of #297
I purchased mine from HamRadioMall.com selling through Amazon.com. Shipping was very quick and I like the protection Amazon.com offers on purchased items.
When doing research on this before purchasing, I decided the two needed items I would require to purchase are the programming cable and the Nagoya external antenna.
I admit, I was skeptical at first. I mean how good can a $27 dual band HT be exactly anyways? I ordered it thinking if anything I wasted a few bucks so I could find out.
I was kind of expecting the typical cheap quality Walmart grade stuff, but to my surprise this dual bander is actually constructed quite well. It seems the radio has evolved from earlier versions, and there has been a focus on making several improvements from earlier versions.
It's apparent the UV-5RA has been through several refinements when compared to earlier models.
The radio has a solid feel. It actually looks good too. It's not as small as my Icom T90A, despite the "ultra compact" description on the box though. I guess when compared to a Motorola Saber, it's ultra compact. This is just fine with me. The radio is actually just the right size, and the buttons are not too small, or cluttered too close together.
The "ear" for attaching the lanyard is actually made of metal and it seems there is actually some quality that went into this thing.
The supplied antenna seems to work ok, but like any other HT, an aftermarket one is always better.
I guess I don't really understand how they can offer such a radio, packed with so many features at the same price as a typical replacement battery. That is to say, the Li-ion battery must be worth the purchase price by itself without any radio attached.
But then, they also throw in a drop in charger in the deal on top of that. This feature is usually optional with many other radios on the market. I think I paid $60 for an optional drop in charger for my IC T90a.
The quality of the drop in charger reminds me of Motorola chargers I have in the shack. Simple design, but sturdy construction sort of thing.
Programming with the optional cable is about as easy as it gets when used with free CHIRP software. I ordered the cable and it comes with a CD but I ignored it in favor of CHIRP.
I heard programming these were difficult, but that was not the case at all when using free CHIRP software. I programmed the UV-5RA in less than 10 minutes using a Windows 8 PC without any glitch at all.
I can't imagine a better value for the money. Better hurry because I can't see these dual band HT's staying at these ridiculously low prices.
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