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Categories | Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held | Baofeng/Pofung UV3R Help

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LNXAUTHOR  Rating: 4/5 Dec 6, 2011 13:41  Send this review to a friend!
Motorola-Vertex: BEWARE!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
looking at my new sub-$50 tinkertoy, the Baofeng UV-3R bears more than a little resemblance to my Yaesu VX3R, and the comparison is unavoidable:

1. same form factor, same VFO/vol knob, SMA connector, side buttons, similar front buttons (with the exception of the power button, vertical array and sub-Vol button); same recv LED

2. the included VHF stubby is indistinguishable from the VX3R's

3. need a cheap replacement battery for your VX3R? current online price is $39.95 - why not spend $10 more and get a radio? VX3R battery works in the UV3R

4. VX3R battery works with the UV3R and vice versa; VX3R AA battery pack works w/the UV3R with a horseshoe 'v' cut to accommodate the UV3R's belt clip

5. Fidelity is as good as if not better than the VX3R

6. the Premiere speaker mic works on both rigs

7. haven't found an SMA antenna that wouldn't fit on the UV3R

8. alas, no AM or internal bar antenna on the UV3R

9. UV3R vol adjustment is soft-louder-loud-really loud; not as a level increment as on UV3R

10. FM receive is quite good; alas, only 15 memories, but more than enough for the band in my area and easily programmed w/three key presses

11. open-source, cross-platform software available for rig programming (kudos to the programmers! thanks!); works great under my OS X and Linux systems

12. more than enough memories (100) for UHF/VHF ham freqs

13. NOAA WX receive available and easily programmed; this alone makes the rig valuable for me here in hurricane country

14. can lock rig to prevent accidental function changes

15. my Comet SMA-703 is a favorite fit, but the included antennas work fine for their purpose

16. includes a cute low-power LED flashlight where the VX3R has a mic/speaker connector

17. the UV3R box uses the same color scheme and labeling as the VX3R box - uh oh!

18. the UV3R includes a wrist strap and base charger unlike the VX3R

19. the UV3R includes a belt clip - no such beast for the VX3R

20. the UV3R includes a speaker and mic!!!

21. did i mention that the UV3R is less than $50?

i don't know why Motorola-Vertex isn't dropping fishcakes in their corporate pants as this unit, part of a creeping advance part of inexpensive ham gear comes to our shores, but it will have to step up its game

- yes, the UV3R is cheap

- yes, it feels like flimsy plastic - but does anyone remember the identical crappy battery latch on the VX2R?

- the included accessories are a very nice addition

- i would have preferred that no Li-Ion battery and charger was included, but instead, a nice AA battery pack was used - perhaps then the UV3R would have been $25??? 
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