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The BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio (Amazon link) is a two-way radio that has proven very popular. The voice transmission is loud and clear despite of bad weather conditions. The speaker is loud enough to hear in a crowd or while driving with the window open. With moderate usage, the battery can last up to two days and will take only an hour or two to fully charge. The maximum talk range is 5 to 10 kilometers – depending on the frequency – and some reviewers have claimed up to 15 miles range with the addition of a compatible Nagoya NA-771 15.6-inch whip antenna.
The display is easy to read and for their size, the keys are easy to press. This product can receive FM radio waves and can play local radio stations. It can also pickup local weather channels and alerts.
The product is very popular in the amateur radio community because of its price. It costs around $30 to $60 and most competing handheld radios are priced at around $129 to as much as $600 and that is without accessories. The great thing about this radio is the price already includes the accessories. However, it is not as durable as the more expensive brands. Its case is made of plastic and the ring for the lanyard is also plastic – so don’t drop it on the concrete. It is also not waterproof or weather resistant. The upside to this is it’s inexpensive to replace.
Another great feature of the product is it has a LED flashlight on top of the radio (and a bright one too). A single press of the button on the left side will activate it with the light being on solid, another press will make the light flash and a third press will turn it off.
The radio does have a bit of a learning curve to it in terms of programming. If you are a newbie to using ham radios, programming this device can be intimidating. for a great tutorial including a video, see our post How To Program The BaoFeng UV-5R.
Overall this radio is an excellent product for its price. The compatibility with third party software makes this device even more exceptional.
Note – depending on your location, some frequencies may be legally restricted. Be sure to know the laws and use two-way radio correctly.
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