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For your convenience, an optional USB programming cable is available to program the Baofeng UV-5R from a computer.
NOTE: When you purchase this programming cable, we will include the FREE USB cable driver and programming software on CD.
|FCC ID||Current: 2AJGM-UV5R; Legacy: ZP5BF-5R|
|Maximum Output Power||4 Watts|
|Digital Standard||Analog Only|
|Frequency Bands||2 Meter (VHF), 70 cm (UHF)|
Needed these radios in 2 days for an airsoft event, Amazon was back ordered. Had pay a few dollars more here plus the shipping but got the radios in time. Great radios! We were inside building with thick concrete walls and metal bars...it was the Old Joliet Prison from the movie Blues Brothers and there were no dead areas...radios were solid. Suggest using YouTube to figure out how to program and setup, but the radios are great. If in a pinch I’d buy them again from here, but BaoFeng has a store directly on Amazon for less and free shipping.
Great radio, easy to set up, easy to use. Can’t beat the price. Haven’t had it to long, week or so, we’ll see how it holds up. But for right now, everything works great.
WE HAVE 19 OF THESE RADIOS IN SERVICE AND 4 IN RESERVE ALL BOUGHT FROM THESE PEOPLE AND WE WILL BUY MORE AS WE NEED THEM. THESE PEOPLE ARE GREAT TO DEAL WITH. FOR THE RADIO AND THE NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH AND THE WAY WE USE THESE , YOU CAN'T BEAT THEM.
I have set up a dozen or more of these for VHF-Marine and private frequencies; Only had one dud in the bunch, and 2-way Radios replaced it right away. They are loud, have great battery life, and work better than $200 radios.
I ordered four radios. They came in a reasonable time frame. One radio was not threaded to receive the antenna, one only had 1/4 watt output, and the other two worked good. Taking into consideration the low cost of the radio and the fact that BTWR offered to repair or replace the two faulty units, which is in the process at this time, I am still giving them a positive grade. After all you get what you pay for.
I'm a ham, so very useful for repeaters both bands. frs and murs frequencies do not require a license so very good for cruising and camping. receiver desensitizes when using another receiver for duplex, otherwise very good reception. dual watch very good. programming good with chirp. have 3 radios. dc adapter, so238 to antenna output , speaker mike all make a nice mobil unit.
I am a ham, can use for repeaters. variable offsets meaning more or less then conventional splits. can set separate transmit pl frequencies for more than 1 input to repeater. no receive pl though. use also for FRS- GMRS, and am trying the MURS vhf freq band. so far very pleased with both radios. will replace defective Cobra FRS GMRS radio. no digital call tone.
We use these radios mostly for VHF Marine and Weather, but also for private frequencies. They often outperform radios costing six times as much. They program well, and the battery life is terrific.
I love the Uv5R radios!!
Other than the menus and minimal instructions, and less-standard antenna connection, this is still a workable radio under most conditions. Buying it as part of Buy Two Way Radio's packaged set made even more sense as a particularly inexpensive entry into ham radio. New hams, in particular, should consider the package deal as it includes very useful stuff, especially the extra battery!
I SET THE RADIOS UP TO RECEIVE LOCAL POLICE AND FIRE FREQUENCIES.(receive only) I PUT IN A FEW FRS FREQUENCIES FOR THEM TO TRANSMIT ON, PLUS A TOWN VHF FREQUENCY. BEING A HAM RADIO OPERATOR (W7YY) I REMEMBER PAYING OVER $500.00 FOR A HT THAT ONLY COVERED THE VHF AND UHF HAM BANDS
I also bought the programing cable and the software to make my setup complete and fully operational at top performance, all at a very low total cost, all are top quality and well referred to in the literature, it is the best deal any amateur radio operator can find
I have purchased and programmed nearly a dozen of these radios so far. Many of my friends who are not licensed amateurs simply want to use them as emergency service scanners, so I program them with the transmit capability turned off. I have also purchased several of them for first responders who want an alternative to their agency-issued Motorolas. For the price, they are virtually "disposable" so if they get lost or damaged on an emergency call, who cares? Just buy another.
WE HAVE BOUGHT 11 OF THESE RADIO AND SO FAR THEY ARE DOING GOOD. THEY ARE DOING JUST WHAT WE WANTED.
I use mine @ home. There is no provision for charging from d.c.
I purchased the Baofeng UV-5R along with the latest firmware confirmation. The radio worker perfectly and handled the latest CHIRP software with no issues.
Their size, audio clarity and frequency versatility make these radios perfect for use in group activities where interoperability is required. A great improvement if they could be made "water resistant". I have a total of 4 of these now, with one being the 8 watt model.
cirp sucks cant set freq,s in mem. or tone
FRS/GMRS Radios is cool
want to get a Ham license, and decided on this radio as a starter due to the great reviews from other users
Should be a good throw in the car and no big loss if stolen radio. The 82, with the dual PTT button seems better
We first used these radios skiing and were impressed with the distances we could travel and still stay in touch. This is an impressive two-way radio for the price. I highly recommend it.
Radio goes a long time in between charges, has clear sound on both ends, but a little garbled using earphone microphone. I get some intermittent static some time and not sure why. I wish you could program more than two channels without the computer software, but those are easy to do and change.
Great little radios for a great price.
Great ham radio! This is my second UV-5R but this one has a different firmware in it, updating many things and making the radio even better, the only problem I had was with the drop-in charger, the little plastic part that held it in, one on each side, well, it broke but a little of glue later...it is holding the radio in place again!
it is a great radio
Love the radio using for hunting and other things around the town
I have purchased two Baofeng UV-5Rs. As an amateur radio operator, I use these radios with local 2-meter repeaters for emergency exercises. I love their ability to be programmed by computer (with CHIRP software) and quickly set all radios to the same settings. The UV-5R was my first radio, after getting my FCC license. This little handy-talky helped me get started in amateur radio (I built my first antennas, began participating in local 2-meter nets and talking on radio, and started learning about optimizing radio signal propagation). Finally, the price makes these little handy-talkies a great value, so that I can afford to put one in every bug-out-bag.
The UV-5R shipped promptly when ordered. Packaging was excellent. Unfortunately, the unit failed 42 days after purchase. 12 days beyond the allowed return period. I have 3 other UV-5Rs purchased just over a year ago. They work flawlessly. The current version do not seem as reliable. The unit purchased from this site was the 3rd attempt (1st here) to get a 4th radio. (The other 2 attempts arrived DOA.)
I recently ordered 4 radios, 1 and 2 were good, #3 had a defected LED screen so some of the characters were not visible, #4 was not able to be programmed. the programming was sucessful on #1,2,3, but not on the 4th. So out of the 4 radios only two of them came without problems - 50%
This little radio does all I expected and more. It came with everything I needed to get my "foot in the door". Had I known about this I would have bought it sooner. Now I need the USB cable and programming materials.
I was surprised by how small the radios are.
Unbelievable quality for the money. Great little radio. We all should know that you will not get any "usable" instructions with this radio. You can find really good instructions from a few dedicated people (on the web) that did the work to get the full potential from this radio. Mine also worked 100% with CHIRP software right out of the shoot. Use an original Baufeng cable...and save yourself the grief of trying to get things to work correctly. I also paid the extra $10 bucks to assure me a working radio with the latest firmware. The radio is so cheap...what's another ten bucks? Delivery was very prompt. Will probably buy another one of these from buytwowayradios.com. For the price.....why not? I gave it five stars because at this price we should just know that we may need to do a little "work" to learn the radio. I won't complain about the ridiculously worthless instructions, as some might.
Purchased two radios. One from this vendor. Both work, but the radio from this vendor is flakey in that it programed ok but in function - if you change channels or switch from a/b you must turn the radio off and then on to receive or transmit. Works OK other than that.
I gave the radio to a friend who programs radios for the local PD. He was unable to program it as a two way. I bought the program and the cable. I really wanted it for a scanner and a backup two way but now I just use it as a scanner. I could have sent it back but didn't want the hassle. It was a great price so I just use it as a scanner. I am satisfied.
Best radio you can buy for the money. Comes with an upgraded Antenna. No need to upgrade.
Easy to program and navigate through menus. great value, handy all round radio
I've only had the radio for about a week, and it's working as promised. It's a great little, lightweight radio for the price. After downloading some aftermarket instructions, the programming went much faster and easier. I'd recommend this radio to any HAM looking for a small compact radio.
Great Radios, simple, inexpensive, reliable, battery lasts forever.
i am not happy with the way it programs not very user friendly
The Baofeng portable is very a ruggedly built portable. it has great reception and seems to be able to handle what ever is thrown at it. I use one along with others and they keep on working well in all kind of conditions. I use them on the trail when i am out riding and that is dusty hot rainy conditions. the audio is very good to excellent. then range is surprising good from such a small package. I own several of them and they all are working just fine. I do find that the battery doesnt quite last as long as advertised but you can work around that. other wise it is a big bang for the buck..
Let's face it. A radio like this has never been available before for anything less than 100.00 and probably twice the price. It performs as good or better than specs and equal with some japanese radios Durability unknown at this time... time will tell cheap to replace or keep an extra programmed radio as backup
the instructions are vague and hard to understand. It lacks ease of being able to programmed with a simple stroke. It is confusing to have to go back and forth between channels and frequencies to program the radio. Also the antenna connector should be a bnc instead of the one that is on it. And it could do with out the gimmick like the flash light and siren. What does that have to do with a two way radio anyway.??