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Reviews Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Baofeng/Pofung UV-6R Help

Reviews Summary for Baofeng/Pofung UV-6R
Baofeng/Pofung UV-6R Reviews: 4 Average rating: 3.3/5 MSRP: $39.00
Description: Dual Band Handheld VHF/UHF Radio with FM Broadcast Band
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4X1ST Rating: 4/5 Apr 4, 2018 07:41 Send this review to a friend
Gets the job done  Time owned: 6 to 12 months
This was my first rig on returning to amateur radio after a break of a few decades.

The UV6R is not going to set the ham world ablaze. It's not a Yaesu FT60 or even 65, but it is a competent little transceiver, at a very affordable price.

It's strongly recommended to use CHIRP for programming the rig. You may need to splash out for a proper FTDI programming cable, as the cheap Prolific clones often have driver issues with Windows 7/10. The cable may well cost more than the rig itself!

Also, get another antenna if you want to get the best out of the UV6R. I bought a Nagoya 24J from BaofengTech, which makes a heck of a difference to performance.

If you're on a budget, or want to check out 2m/70cm FM without committing to a major outlay, this is the rig for you.

KI5VE Rating: 3/5 Jul 4, 2017 05:22 Send this review to a friend
must use CHIRP software  Time owned: 3 to 6 months
packaged software had Trojan Horse inbedded - discovered by Ccleaner & Malewarebytes. Horrible manual - great blog help on net. Radios (bought 2) did not allow 64 bit Windows to interface - had to use 32 bit. Chirp made these radios usable or I would have returned them. Audio very good - Tx & Rx. Dials clear and bright. Difficult to cycle through functions. Changing programing requires computer access. Nice locking feature to set on FRS to loan and let non-hams use. Useless software and inability to use 64 bit computer (only laptop available) prevented a "4" rating - Navigation prevented further raise to a "5" - unless frequency is already programmed, it is next to impossible to insert another one. Battery life is fairly good. Flashlight is bright. I chose for emergency kit and would be great except requires computer for programming.
N8EKT Rating: 2/5 Jul 3, 2017 07:38 Send this review to a friend
Improved UV5R  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
The UV6R has a decent size speaker so it produces much better sound than the UV5R

Unlike the UV5R, the narrow function seems to actually do something

Slightly faster scan rate than UV5R (4cps vs 3cps)

PTT button requires much greater effort to work
preventing unintentional key ups like the UV5R

Brighter flashlight than UV5R


Not yet part 90 approved

Doesn't use UV5R batteries

Still just as prone to desense and intermod as the UV5R

Noticeably larger than the UV5R

Radio battery terminals not as robust as the UV5R

Fewer battery and accessory choices as UV5R at this time

VE3FAL Rating: 4/5 Jun 27, 2015 05:31 Send this review to a friend
Great Little Radio, Great Performer  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
Brilliant Easy to read display

The first thing that impressed me aside from the size and quality was the brilliant and easy to read display of this radio. The two line display and the choice of display color make this radio easy to use and navigate through the menu system. The various option for screen color lighting also make the radio easy to read. The fact that the display lighting can be changed to suit the operator is a nice feature.

Superb audio quality

I have to say that after owning a few of the big 3 brand of radios I was thrown back by the outstanding and loud audio this radio has. I was not sure what to expect at first with such a small radio but the audio is outstanding, sounds great and no distortion even at full volume.

Features and Specifications:
∑ Dual Band Transceiver
∑ Brilliant L.C.D. Display
∑ D.C.S. and C.T.C.S.S. encoding
∑ VOX function
∑ Flashlight/Alarm feature
∑ FM radio band receive
∑ 128 memory channels
∑ Dual watch
∑ Menu driven programming
∑ Software available for programming (cable sold separately)
∑ Drop in Li-On charger
∑ 7.4v 1800mah Li-On battery
∑ High (5w) and Low (1w) power settings
∑ Accessory ports for adding speaker microphone (sold separately)
∑ Belt clip ( Soft case also sold separately)
∑ Selectable frequency steps
∑ Selectable repeater offsets
∑ Adjustable squelch via menu
∑ Adjustable TOT (Transmission Timer)
∑ Cross band receive/transmit
∑ Dual VFO
∑ Narrow and Wide FM selectable

And much more to even include in features.

The radio itself is great little performer. Battery life on receive is fantastic, battery life on transmit has yet to be determined. Looks rugged and fits nicely in the hand.

For the price of this radio (under $50.00 with free shipping to Canada and U.S.A.) you cannot go wrong for a radio to throw in your shirt pocket or your backpack as a take along radio to listen to N.O.A.A. weather stations, FM stations and monitor local repeaters. Accessories are all about one third each of the cost of the radio, which makes the low price of this radio even more impressive. The small antenna with SMA connector though lacks in receive performance of course, but other antennas can be purchased and used with this radio to get out of those fringe areas.

The Pofung UV-6R is a great introduction to the increasing line of radios on the market. It makes it affordable for the first time user and easy to operate; it also performs well and gets great audio reports into the repeaters. Itís light weight and long battery life make a great emergency radio for that go-kit or to have on hand when needed for that last minute hike.

Fred Lesnick

**** (4 out of 5)

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