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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R Help

Reviews Summary for Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R
Baofeng/Pofung UV-5R Reviews: 275 Average rating: 3.9/5 MSRP: $60
Description: Micro sized dual band 2m/70cm radio.
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KC4UBC Rating: 4/5 Jun 6, 2019 19:10 Send this review to a friend
Works good for the money  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
I bought this rig abt 3mts ago. I only paid 18.00 for it new. Now the only thing I have found lacking is the receiver falls off pretty fast. I like the little ear mic it came with. It has good audio and the mic seems to work well as other hams have told me. Now being its only 5w I back it up with an old Radio Shack 2mtr amp. They work well together. Be sure to get the software for much faster programing.. Other than that I like the little feller.
kc4ubc bill
KN4DMM Rating: 4/5 Sep 24, 2018 14:52 Send this review to a friend
Perfect starter   Time owned: more than 12 months
Let me say this radio is what it is. It is a cheep starter radio. That being said for what it is the price and all it is the perfect radio for someone on a budget, just starting out, need an extra radio or anything of the sorts. No matter how many expensive radios you have your never complete without atleast one uv5r.
G3SEA Rating: 4/5 Sep 18, 2018 22:34 Send this review to a friend
Value for Money  Time owned: 6 to 12 months

For something so inexpensive it does what it does.

Easy to program. As always an after market antenna
will improve performance.

I find the audio as good as and often better than
some of the Big 3 HT's.

The 2800 mA hour batteries ( $7 each ! ) last for ever on low power and extended receive periods.

They even make a 3800 mA hour battery for a few dollars more !

The sales volume of many of the Chinese rigs speak for itself and like the early Japanese rigs they will improve.

K6CRC Rating: 4/5 May 20, 2018 02:05 Send this review to a friend
Cheap and works  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I do not use VHF on a regular basis. Not in ARES. I do have a HT in my car, and use occasionally with friends or at events. When the battery on my older HT died, I decided it was too expensive to replace.
Picked up a 5R on Amazon for about $24. Came with mic/earpiece and charger stand! Got car charger for $9 more.
Total price for everything was less than replacement battery for old HT.
Borrowed a cloning cable and downloaded 'Chirp' for my MacOS. Can create list of repeaters and emergency freq and download to HT easily.
So, for less than $35, a new ham can get on the air. Or, a current ham can have an additional HT in the car, work,etc.
Seems to work fine. Hits local repeaters, get good audio reports.
The only issue, and reason I gave it a 4 is the manual is awful. But, there are several people who created on-line manuals and cheat-sheets that you can read or download.
Bottom line... cheap, relatively well made, and completely usable.
HB9FIH Rating: 5/5 Feb 27, 2018 15:27 Send this review to a friend
Does what i expect  Time owned: more than 12 months
I bougth this small radio direct from China.
All was ok when arrived.
First used to learn to work with repeaters.
Handling is ok for me.
On my ship is vy practical i could prog. also some marina frequecies. So I am able to communicate witht the pilot when I navigate for myself.
(With the sea radio in cabin not possible).
And if this brokes no much money lost.
The quality sound reaching distances are also ok for me.
KF7WAG Rating: 3/5 Feb 4, 2018 04:25 Send this review to a friend
I Guess a fair deal  Time owned: more than 12 months
One Thing That I"ve read on here or heard on The amateur radio Is That so many amateur's think That This brand baofeng Is from china because of The name, It's not, And If you look on Their site you will find out That They say That They are based In arlington south dakota, Though They may be ran by Chinese. As for The microscopic radio It's alright, To small To hold, Sometime's won't Get Into repeater's no matter how much The setting's are set right, I have'nt had very local interference issue's like a few but on one repeater freq It pick's up some interference from somewhere and The squelch does'nt do a damned bit of Good, One Thing about It Though Is That It has a few time's reached a repeater 43 mile's away with The rubber duck Antenna In The upper level of our house, I really prefer The old brick ht's over This little odd Thing.
K9JCS Rating: 4/5 Oct 27, 2017 13:49 Send this review to a friend
I was Lucky. I got good ones  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
I have had good experience with other inexpensive radios so I thought I would give these UV 5R radios a try. The price was great and the customer service from the seller was even better.. When I unpacked the two radios everything was included that was mentioned in the product description. I quickly hooked up the two charging cradles to charge the batteries and found out that one of the wall warts that powered the charging cradles was dead. I contacted the seller and had a response the next day that they were sending a replacement and they even included a tracking number. What a pleasant surprise. After charging the two batteries with the one working charger it was time to program the radios. The radios came to life as expected. Chinese programming cables and associated software have always been a weakness in my experience. Knowing that, I connected the supplied USB programming cable to my laptop which was running Windows XP and the computer recognized the cable without needing to install the drivers on the included mini disk. I have used Chirp software for programming radios and I started out by programming frequency information only. Chirp worked fine to this point but I discovered a problem with the USB programming cable. Based on past experience, I routinely program frequency information only first, then program radio features one at a time, then test the radio after each change to see if the change works properly. I discovered that the cable would not work to program two consecutive changes in a row. The work around was to simply unplug the cable from the computer and plug it back in between each programming attempt. After I figured this out I began finding that the Chirp software was not able to correctly program radio features into the radio, such as turning off the beep, turning off the voice prompts, using names instead of frequency on the display, etc. I downloaded the English version of the Baofeng software from the Miklor web site (make sure you download the correct version) , then updated the programming cable driver from the included mini CD and was able to make radio feature changes easily, although I could not find a choice in the Baofeng program to silence the beep. Everything else I wanted to do was easily done through the Baofeng software. Fiddling with software and diddling with drivers do not intimidate me. It's kind of a fun challenge for me. For someone who is less comfortable it might be a daunting experience. The feature changes I made could have easily been done right on the radio without software at all, but I wanted to make the software work. Everything I did through software could have been accomplished by directly using the radio controls instead of software, so If you are not comfortable with the programming cable and software, just look for English UV5R manual on the internet, download it and you will be in good shape to program it manually. The radio worked great, Every frequency I programmed in worked as expected. The radio itself is a Five Star item. The programming didn't cause me any difficulty, but because it might be difficult for a first time purchaser I took off one star. My bottom line is that I would be very glad to purchase additional UV5R radios if I needed them. The radio is great, but the software/programming cable combination can only be classified as workable with a bit of fiddling.
G6IYD Rating: 5/5 Sep 25, 2017 07:28 Send this review to a friend
Nice Radio  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
It is not a Yeasu or Icom, but does what it says on the box. For a very little money you get a fairly robust dual band radio. I have owned several Chinese hand-held radios, and they have all performed reasonably well. The UV-5R is very good value, with decent reception and good TX reports. Small, with a sensible button layout and simple to program with Chirp. Not much else to say, but for a newcomer to VHF/UHF amateur radio, or as a back-up for your more expensive HT, this is well worth buying.
VE5EDE Rating: 5/5 Jun 5, 2017 18:44 Send this review to a friend
Changed Ham Radio History  Time owned: more than 12 months
I've had about 7 of these and have handed several on to new hams to celebrate after they passed their exams (In Canada new hams can secure a callsign and be on the air within 30 minutes). They make great gifts. I keep buying more at about $22 each Canadian shipped to my door. Two of mine are the triple power models. I have plenty of Icoms, Yaesus, Kenwoods and Alincos, but don't use them, because I want to see how long the Baofengs will last. Not one I've bought or any my friends' (dozens!) have failed after all these years. Some even spent the night out at -42c. OK, one volume knob fell off...

They do what they say they do, with not much pinache, but they work fine. The older ones aren't as good with desense and intermod, but the triple powers are quite a bit cleaner. The latest versions bring reports of "broadcast quality". Even the manuals are improving. The first manuals did not give adequate instructions how to manually program these radios. If you don't get it right (youtube can help) the radio simply won't work, and you'll be posting your 0 star review here.

More poor, handicapped, elderly and fixed-income hams are on the air than ever before because of this radio. And how happy they are to be participating.

4 stars for the technical, and 5 stars for their sociological contribution!
N8AUC Rating: 4/5 Jan 30, 2017 08:59 Send this review to a friend
Three Year Update  Time owned: more than 12 months
Well, at about the 2.5 year mark, the original UV-5R I got at Dayton finally ended up in the trash bin. The volume control failed. My initial thought was, "Oh no I have to get this fixed!" Then I remembered that I had spares, and this was only a cheap Chinese radio. So I kept the battery pack and accessories, tossed the failed radio in the trash, and pulled out a spare. Phew!

These radios are a little sketchy in the area of spectral purity on transmit. Mine meets FCC requirements, but just barely. The 2nd harmonic is -42db from the carrier. The FCC says it has to be -40dB or better. Yeah - it passed by the slimmest of margins.

Problem is, ALL the harmonics were at -42dB up through the frequency limit of the analyzer. Yes, we had the proper attenuators and test probes so we didn't overload the analyzer. The harmonic amplitude should roll off as you go higher in frequency, not stay constant. That's what you get with an SDR that has no appreciable transmitter output filtering. (Yeah, the UV-5 series IS an SDR. And based on what we saw, there isn't any transmitter output filtering. So I got lucky with this one.) A number of other UV-5R type radios tested that day did not meet the FCC requirement. I think the worst one we saw was -37db. Clearly not legal for use in the amateur service. Of all the radios we tested that day, probably 60% of them failed the spectral purity test, making them illegal for use on the Amateur Bands.

For comparison, I put my trusty crusty Icom T-8A on that same test setup. 2nd harmonic was around -60dB from the carrier (much better). And all the higher order harmonics rolled off like they should. By the time you got to the 5th harmonic, it was lower than the spectrum analyzer noise floor, which is -141dB. Now that is only a guess, because we couldn't see the 5th harmonic or anything higher than that, on the screen. The Icom cost 10x what a Baofeng costs when it was new. But the quality was MUCH better.

Although my UV-5R radios do work, and mine did pass the spectral purity test (just barely), I don't think I'll be buying any more of them in the future. You really do get what you pay for, at least in this instance.

73 de N8AUC

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