A fellow group member just became the owner of a Baofeng UV-5R. I told him that he should read this post and I figured many may not have seen it the first time around.
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