got Baofeng?

HAM radio is one of those mysterious phenomenon that most people ignore because they just don’t understand it. I totally identify with that as I was in that same boat for years. Reality smacked me in the face when my efforts with line-of-sight communications just failed to fulfill my requirements. I am still learning and would barely consider myself knowledgeable. What I do know is I am able to communicate with most every member of my preparedness group within a 25 mile radius – which was my initial goal.

The equipment I use is not fancy and is NOT the best out there. Make no mistake the Baofeng radios – which have gained incredible popularity with preppers – are cheap and made with decent manufacturing quality. Other brands such as Kenwood, Icom, Yaesu, and TYT are built better, are easier to program, and cost up from 5- 10 times more.

Thus far I have been very happy with my Baofeng radios which I have several and members of my group have several as well. Problems really have been non-existent.

If you are wanting to get into HAM and improve your survival communications I highly recommend Baofeng handheld radio’s. Great entry-level radio’s with a low cost of around $35. Another positive thing with the Baofeng is the enormous number of accessories such as batteries and antenna’s. From comments left here and from people I have heard from the main issues with Baofeng’s are speaker failure and external speaker and mic adapter port quality issues. Thus far I have not met anyone with these issues – they are just reported.

Just a few quick spec’s for the popular Baofeng UV-5R:

  • Dual Band – 136-174/400-480
  • 128 programmable channels
  • FM radio built-in
  • LED flashlight built-in
  • Back-lit display programmable to different colors
  • Duel power – 4 watt/1 watt
  • Includes charging stand, VOX mic and earpiece, battery, belt clip and antenna

I have put together a “Baofeng Showcase” below so you can see a variety of choices. Remember, any purchase made help support ModernSurvivalOnline with no additional cost to you.

– – Rourke

 


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5 Comments

  1. They are pretty good radios, I refer to them as the BIC lighter of radios. I have two UV82s and they work well. I also have a Kenwood THF6A as my main handheld radio, as well as a 2 meter kenwood set up as a base at home. A dual band Yaesu in my truck and a 10 meter base at home.

    There are quite a few videos on you tube of showing how to set up the Baofeng radios as a repeater system, you should check them out if you have not already.

  2. A quick note on Yaesu, I just got back from a local “Hamfest” I saw that Yaesu has reduced the price of the FT-60r dual band HT down to under $150 to compete with the China brands. I got mine with the RT systems software and cable for right at $200. VERY happy with that. The only problem is that it’s not like the VX series in that it’s not water resistant. It is very well built with a die cast metal case and a 1400mah battery with drop in charger. As a bonus my old speaker mic from my VX-5 works with it!

    Tex
    AD5TD

    • Appreciate it TexasScout. Amazon has it for around $165 – not bad and I would consider it. I am looking to get a Yaesu mobile station eventually that runs at 75W. That FT-60R on Amazon is HERE. Thanks

  3. The Only thing i can add to this is do your research before buying the radio!!! the UV-5R, BF-8F, and BF-8FHP share the same case which works with the 3800mAH Extended battery with modification the other UV-5R variants will require modification that void any warranty and if too much “Mod” is done may not stay attached to your radio. Antennas, head sets, speaker mics,usb programming cables are pretty much fully interchangeable. and as a licensed HAM please get at least your “Tech” license so you operate legally and learn good practices so you don’t stand out(grey man).

  4. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN AN EMERGENCY THE FCC REGULATION ALLOW YOU TO USE ANY RADIO AND OR FREQUENCY TO COMMUNICATE IF A LIFE IS IN DANGER. THE BAOFENG UV5R TWO WAY RADIO CAN BE PROGRAMMED USING THE FREE PROGRAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE ON THE NET. I AM REFERRING TO HAM FREQS., MARINE RADIO, MURES, GMRS, AND FRS ETC. HAVING THESE FREQS PREPROGRAMMED IN YOUR BAOFENG RADIOS CAN BE A LIFE SAVER IN AN EMERGENCY!!! I OWN 6 OF THESE RADIOS AND I FIND THEM TO BE A SUPER RADIO WITH MANY EXTRA FEATURES THAT YOU WILL NOT FIND IN THE MORE EXPENSIVE JAPANESE RADIOS.

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