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Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band UHF/VHF Radio

Quick Overview

We have found that this radio does not meet FCC compliance requirements and is no longer available for purchase.

The Baofeng UV-5R is an economical Dual Band UHF/VHF Amateur Radio that's extremely compact. With 128 channel capacity and up to 12 hours of battery life, the UV-5R is a good choice for ham radio operators who need mobility at low cost.

Availability: Discontinued

$19.99
This product has been discontinued and is no longer available.

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We have found that this radio does not meet FCC compliance requirements and is no longer available for purchase.

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The Baofeng UV-5R is an economical Dual Band UHF/VHF Amateur Radio that's extremely compact. With 128 channel capacity and up to 12 hours of battery life, the UV-5R is a good choice for ham radio operators who need mobility at low cost.

The UV-5R features 128 programmable channels with priority channel scanning, dual watch and 1750 Hz call tone. Other features include UHF/VHF Dual Standby, 65-108Mhz FM radio, Ani code, DTMF code, Dual display switch and CTCSS manual input. The UV-5R also features built-in VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) for hands-free operation and a high illumination flashlight.

The Baofeng UV 5R has up to 4W of power and is powered by 1800mAh Li-Ion battery pack for up to 12 hours (approx.) of operation. A battery save feature helps conserve power until it is needed.

The Baofeng UV-5R comes with a rechargeable Li-Ion battery pack, belt clip, removable antenna, C-ring earpiece with in-line PTT microphone, drop-in batter charger, AC adapter, wrist strap, owner's manual and a one year manufacturer warranty from Baofeng.

Optional Programming Cable

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.

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Baofeng UV-5R Features

  • 128 Channels
  • Dual Band
  • 136-174MHz VHF Frequencies
  • 400-520MHz UHF Frequencies
  • Repeater Capable
  • 4W/1W Transmit Power
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • Rechargeable Battery Included
  • Battery Charger
  • FM Radio
  • Emergency Alarm
  • Channel Scan
  • Skip Channel
  • Dual Watch
  • Busy Channel Lockout
  • Call Tone
  • CTCSS Manual Input
  • Backlit LCD Display
  • Power-On Display Message
  • Battery Meter
  • Low Battery Alert
  • Power Saver
  • Timeout Timer
  • VOX
  • Keypad Lock
  • Audible Button Beeps
  • Voice Prompts
  • Drop-In Charge Capable
  • Audio Accessory Connector
  • PC Programmable (Requires Optional Cable)
  • Flashlight
  • DTMF Code
  • Reset
  • One Year Manufacturer Warranty

Included with the Baofeng UV-5R

  • Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band UHF/VHF Radio
  • Li-Ion Battery Pack
  • Removable Antenna
  • Belt Clip
  • Wrist Strap
  • C-Ring Headset
  • Charger Tray
  • AC Adapter
  • Owners Manual

Baofeng UV-5R Specifications

  • Dimensions: 109.5mm × 59.5mm × 34.3mm
  • Weight: 7.2 oz. (204.1g)
  • Antenna connector type: SMA Male (Standard)

Additional Information

Warranty1 Year
FCC IDZP5BF-5R
Channels128
Maximum Output Power4 Watts
Radio TypeHandheld
ServicesAmateur
Safety FeaturesFlashlight
Digital StandardAnalog Only
IntegrationRepeater Capable
Frequency Bands2 Meter (VHF), 70 cm (UHF)
  1. Great Radios review by Paul on 9/23/2018
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    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.

  2. These are Great review by Paul on 5/15/2018
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    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.

  3. Uv5R radio review by Lurch on 2/17/2018
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    I love the Uv5R radios!!

  4. UV5R review by Alan on 2/16/2018
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    Does good

  5. Good, plain radio review by Jerry on 2/16/2018
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    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!

  6. I BOUGHT 10 OF THESE RADIOS FOR A CERT TEAM. review by BILL W7YY on 5/3/2017
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    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

  7. Great little HT review by Rich on 4/27/2017
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    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

  8. Most cost-effective amateur radio available review by WV8DOC on 4/26/2017
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    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.

  9. GOOD LITTLE RADIOS FOR THE MONEY review by BUDDY on 4/19/2017
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    WE HAVE BOUGHT 11 OF THESE RADIO AND SO FAR THEY ARE DOING GOOD. THEY ARE DOING JUST WHAT WE WANTED.

  10. I would buy this radio again review by Wild Bill on 4/18/2017
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    I use mine @ home. There is no provision for charging from d.c.

  11. Works great. Awesome radio for the price! review by ThisIslandEarth on 12/6/2016
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    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.

  12. Great Low Cost Radios review by Gary on 9/27/2016
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    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.

  13. yes once i gtet it programed review by bill on 6/14/2016
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    cirp sucks cant set freq,s in mem. or tone

  14. it cool redio review by SPIKE27 on 5/8/2016
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    FRS/GMRS Radios is cool

  15. Great Start ! review by warthog on 5/5/2016
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    want to get a Ham license, and decided on this radio as a starter due to the great reviews from other users

  16. Economical radio review by bob on 4/3/2016
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    Should be a good throw in the car and no big loss if stolen radio. The 82, with the dual PTT button seems better

  17. A Great Two-Way Radio review by Moore Fun on 4/3/2016
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    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.

  18. I'd buy it again review by Dave on 2/9/2016
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    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.

  19. Great service and product. Thanks much. review by Vic on 1/29/2016
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    Great little radios for a great price.

  20. Never lets me down! review by Mark the ham radio man on 1/29/2016
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    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!

  21. i would buy this radio again for the same price review by James on 1/28/2016
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    it is a great radio

  22. Love the Radio small for out of the way review by Bob on 12/10/2015
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    Love the radio using for hunting and other things around the town

  23. This is a great entry level HAM radio. review by Tim (W0TES) on 12/8/2015
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    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.

  24. UV-5R failed 42 days after purchase review by Lamar on 8/18/2015
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    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.)

  25. 50% review by radioguy on 8/17/2015
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    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%

  26. For the money can't be beat. review by Mobman7326 on 5/4/2015
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    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.

  27. Great service! review by DanM on 2/13/2015
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    I was surprised by how small the radios are.

  28. Great Radio. Super Value. review by JDL on 1/13/2015
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    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.

  29. Best packaged product ever. review by Woo on 11/24/2014
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    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.

  30. Unable to program review by Doug on 11/24/2014
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    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.

  31. Awesome radio! review by Jim on 11/10/2014
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    Best radio you can buy for the money. Comes with an upgraded Antenna. No need to upgrade.

  32. great value review by Norda on 3/3/2014
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    Easy to program and navigate through menus. great value, handy all round radio

  33. Great Radio review by Buncoman on 10/20/2013
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    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.

  34. Baofeng UV-5R review by Captain on 8/2/2013
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    Great Radios, simple, inexpensive, reliable, battery lasts forever.

  35. basic cheap radio review by far rider on 6/24/2013
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    i am not happy with the way it programs not very user friendly

  36. Baofeng up date review by far rider on 5/17/2013
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    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..

  37. nothing better for the price review by Radio Guy 157 on 4/28/2013
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    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

  38. programing review by traveler on 4/14/2013
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    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.??

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