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

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Review Summary For : Baofeng UV-5RTP
Reviews: 2MSRP: $42.99
Baofeng UV-5RTP Tri-Power 8/4/1W Two-Way Radio Transceiver
(Upgraded Version of UV-5R with Tri-Power), Dual Band 136-
174/400-520MHz True 8W High Power Two-Way Radio
Product is in production
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N4OI Rating: 2019-05-23
TX Grossly Out of Spec Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
HF guy, but succumbed to this Baofeng UV-5R $40 HT at Hamvention... Then happened by the ARRL HT test bench and found it did not transmit... OK, no problem... returned to vendor booth and swapped it out for one that transmits... ARRL then tested and found XMIT signal was grossly out of FCC specs (and only 7 watts BTW). Returned to vendor booth to try yet again, but they refused another swap because "It will be just as bad." Vendor did do the right thing by providing a full refund, but have to wonder how many of these out-of-spec HTs are still out there polluting the spectrum?

And thanks to the ARRL for providing this service to help weed out inferior gear...

KU2S Rating: 2019-03-01
Good product for the price Time Owned: 0 to 3 months.
Giving 5 stars for the radio when purchased with the USB programming cable. Without the cable, I'd give it four stars.

Dual band HT, FCC part 90 certified, covers all the ham bands, as well as FRS, GMRS, MURS, and NOAA weather. Also covers some business bands. As we all know, transmitting on these bands is NOT allowed with an Amateur Radio license, transmitting on these bands may NOT be allowed because of equipment not being in compliance with FCC rules in these bands. These radios ARE legal for use in the Amateur Radio bands and on FCC Part 90 bands ONLY>

Features of the radio are identical to the Baofeng/Pofung BF-F8HP. Those features are:
*Selectable 8-Watt Output
*Narrow and Wide Band Coverage
*VFO and Channel Modes
* CTCSS / DCS Tone Codes
* DTMF Encoder
* FM Radio and Built-in Flashlight
* ANI Code
* Emergency Tone Burst

There are three power settings, those being Low at 1 to 1.5 watts, Medium at about 4 to 5 watts and High at about 8 watts.

127 memories, programmable for input/output freqencies, offset, offset direction, squelch level, PL tone, and more.

Other features are available via programming software including channel names, scanning skip, and display background LED color.

While these may not match up to the features and specifications of higher end HT's for the price point and feature sets they DO include, this makes a good radio for anyone, beginner or experienced operator to own.

Highly recommended that you purchase the USB interface cable and download the CHIRP (free) software for programming this radio. This software allows you to configure some important features and all 128 memory positions. Trying to do this from the radio panel is a frustrating exercise, and some features, like channel names, can only be configured via computer. Oh... don't waste your time with the software that comes with the interface cable - unless you can actually read Chinese.