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Reviews For: Baofeng/Pofung BF-F8+

Category: Transceivers: VHF/UHF+ Amateur Hand-held

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Review Summary For : Baofeng/Pofung BF-F8+
Reviews: 12MSRP: $38 - $55 depending on dealer
Not a UV-5R copy! Has upgraded chipset like the GT-3 and UV-82. Same case style as UV-5R so previous UV-5R accessories will fit. Better performance than UV-5R models.
Product is in production
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N7IBC Rating: 2014-10-01
Failure out of the box Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
I bought one of these based on comments from club members as well as local SAR members. When I received it, it looked good, had no visible defects, and seemed well put together. I have owned many handheld radios in 30 some years. I use one daily at work in my profession, so I have a tiny bit of experience with them. On power up, the screen stayed on for only a few seconds and then went black, and no setting change cured this issue, except to power it down and power it back up. I also received the programming cable with it as part of the deal. Once I had the CHIRP software downloaded, i hooked it to the computer to load my local frequencies. There was no indication the radio was even hooked to the computer. I surmised the cable was bad, so I borrowed one, and still nothing. I tried another cable on a different computer, and again, still nothing. I checked the software and all was well. The firmware on the radio showed as BSF297. Not even close to what it should have been, according to the Boefang website.
I returned the radio within 24 hours of purchase, deciding that I will stay with my Yaesu radios, as I should have in the first place. My initial reasons to purchase were it would make a decent radio for my wife, who is a tech class and an infrequent radio user.
But, as usual, spending a bit more for quality, (VX-6r), and eliminating the frustration is much better.
WH6L Rating: 2014-09-22
Wh6L Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Boafeng BF-F8+ Ham radio squelch is intermittent even when lowered/set to zero. Often no white noise heard no matter what squelch level chosen. Purchased this radio thru Amazon from A Plus of Calif. Also purchased a number of accessories. Radio missing a "band" button on the front face of radio that is pictured in the small hand book and labeled (13) and designated Band Switch. Only thing that works dependably are the flash light and the WB FM radio receiver covering commercial 65-108 MHz stations.