Friday, March 22, 2013

Import Communications: Exclusive and New Baofeng Versions

I had not previously posted anything about the Baofeng F-11 from Import Communications. It is a custom version of the UV-5R specially made for Import Communications with an exclusive firmware (USA349). Some have been critical of the F-11 for being slightly more expensive and having no real difference from the UV-5R (see this thread). I've not got one in my hands, so I can't say it is any better, but I would also remind them that part of the price is the service you get with it. (For example, I have seen where Ed is updating the firmware on the Anytone AT-5888UV radios he sold.)

In any case, the reason for my post is that Ed says he is about to have a 2M/220 version of the F-11:
"I will have a 2m/220 version of my Baofeng F-11 in a couple weeks."
I know that will make some people very happy.

He goes on to say that he will have a new Baofeng HT to compete with Wouxun and TYT:
"I will also have a new dual band HT from Baofeng using the more expensive chip, which can provide more user features than the present Baofeng radios. This will put the radio more in line with the Wouxun and TYT models."
Did I mention it sounds like it will be a fun summer for radios?

1 comment:

  1. I would love to see a UV-5R clone that does 2m/1.25m and 70cm in one radio.
    I just can't bring myself to carry around two HTs.

    Again and again we see that Chinese manufacturers just want to make a quick and dirty fix, and just drop one band or the other to get the 220MHz in, I think it is about time we get a real tri band HTs, and I'm sure that a lot of amateur operators in the Americas (North America, South America etc) will buy them.