|Better than a UV-5R
||Time Owned: more than 12 months.
|I have been playing with the BAOFENG UV-6R for the last couple of weeks after having it for over a year.I really like the radio.I love the back lit buttons & the transmitted & received audio is much better than any of the UV-5R models that I own.It has a much better feel in my hand & I much prefer the rubber buttons over the buttons on the UV-5R as well.It is a backup to my ICOM T90A but I think it's a very reliable backup.It is harder to find extra batteries for the UV-6R than the UV-5R but I did locate some & I purchased an extra one just in case it's needed.Also the belt clip is attached to the original battery so I may purchase another one for the extra battery.It was programmed with CHIRP because it's like most BAOFENG radios & it's a very slow process being done by hand one frequency at the time.I would buy another over a UV-5R & maybe even over my UV-82 which I really like as well.The ICOM T90A is still my Favorite Analog HT & the Ailunce HD1 is my DMR HT of choice. |
|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.
|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. |
||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
|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. It’s 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.
**** (4 out of 5)