Thursday, February 23, 2012

Baofeng UV-5R: Specs and Pictures

First, I would like thank Chris (NH7QH) at Hawaii Radio Sales for sending me the heads up about the UV-5R. Be sure to support Chris by visiting his website for your Baofeng and other radio needs. (And no, Chris is not paying me to say this.) He's at IWCE now and I hope he comes up with some new toys for us there.

I found out about the UV-5R being "in the wild" while I was at the UT basketball game last night. As I mentioned, PA2OLD sent me this link first. I was very excited to get confirmation that UV-5R was available so soon. No KG-UV920R here. Unfortunately, trying to decipher a Chinese web site on an Android Phone while at a college basketball game with congestion on the mobile network is not fun.

Not too long after that, someone posted anonymously in the comments with the link to the 409Shop listing for UV-5R. And then in quick succession, Nate sent me the link and Carol from the 409Shop responded to an e-mail to inform me that it was available. I felt like Will Bailey in this episode of the West Wing.

On top of all of this, Knology was having major problems in my area, so I had no cable internet at my house. I used the mobile hot spot on my Android phone, but the 3G was painful. It was all I could do to get this simple post up last night.

So here is my more formal post about the UV-5R. I looked on the Baofeng website, but did not see the radio listed yet, so here are the specs from the 409Shop page.


BAOFENG UV-5R The transcevier is a micro-miniature multiband FM transceiver with extensive receive frequency coverage,providing local-area two-way amateur communications along with unmatched monitoring capability


Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz
Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby
Output Power: 4 /1Watts
128 Channels
50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS
Built-in VOX Function
1750Hz Brust Tone
FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)
LED Flashlight
Large LCD Display
Hight /Low RF Power Switchable
25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable
Emergency Alert
Low Battery Alert
Battery Saver
Time-out Timer
Keypad Lock
Monitor Channel
Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
Roger Set

■  Dual band, dual display, dual standby
■  A/B band independent operation
■  128 groups channels storage
■  Shortcut menu operation mode
■  VFO & Memory channels scan
■  Emergency Alarm
■  Tri-color background light selectable
■  0~9 grades VOX selectable
■  FM radio and 25 stations storage
■  Voice companding
■  CTCSS/DCS coder & tone searching
■  PC programmable
■  Wide/Narrow Band(25kHz/12.5kHz)
■  Transmitter time-out timer(TOT)
■  High/Low TX power selectable
■  Busy channel lock-out(BCLO)


Frequency Range 65-108MHz(FM Receive only)
        136-174MHZ and 400-480HZ (TX/RX)        
Channel No. 128
Frequency Stability ±2.5ppm
Antenna High gain DualBand Antenna
Antenna SMA - Female
Antenna Impedance 50Ω
Operating Voltage DC 7.4V
Mode of operation Simple or semi-duplex
Dimension(W x H x D)100 x 52 x 32 mm
Weight 250g (including battery, antenna)
Output power 4W / 1W (Max 5W)
Modulation Mode 16kΦF3E / 11kΦF3E
Maximum deviation <5kHz(Wide) / <2.5kHz(Narrow)
Spurious Radiation <7μW
Adjacent Ch. power  ≤-65dB(Wide) / ≤-60dB(Narrow)
Pre-emphasis characteristics 6dB
Current ≤1.6A(5W)
CTCSS/DCS deviation 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) / 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)
Intermediation sensitivity 8-12mv
Intermediation distortion <10%
Earpiece / mic type   Kenwood Plug type

The package contents are listed as:

1 x UV-5R (VHF136-174Mhz UHF 400-480Mhz)

1 x 7.4V 1800mah Li-ion Battery Pack
1 x Antenna 400-480Mhz
1 x Belt Clip
1 x ENG Manual
1 x Desktop Charger ( 100V ~ 240V )+(2pin USA or 3pin UK or 2pin EURO or 2pin Australia)
1 x PTT Earpiece for free

The 409Shop has the UV-5R for $56 USD. Hopefully the description is correct (High gain dual-band antenna) and the package contents (Antenna 400-480MHz) is incorrect. Baofeng should have learned that lesson with the UV-3R when it provided the two band specific antennas originally.

Nate hopes, based on the description, that we can get U/U and V/V. I can't wait for somone to get their hands on one.


  1. In your next-to-last paragraph, I suspect you meant that Baofeng should have learned a lesson, not less about antennas?

    Also, call me naive, but what is a "semi-duplex" mode of operation?

    Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ

    1. You are, of course, correct. I have fixed it.


  2. Hi all,
    I see that they kept the price for this new Baofeng low with: USD 56.00 * Shipping Cost Included
    Very nice!!
    That's less the 43 Euro.
    No info on the programming cable yet.

    73e Ben - PA2OLD

    1. I wonder if the Wouxun cable would work since I have seen people talk about using it with the UV-3R + Plus and its Kenwood style jack. I also wonder how much info we can learn by looking at the TYT TH-F8. I've not had time to do much looking there.

  3. UV-3r software work or do we await a uv-5r version

    73, Steve

  4. Replies
    1. I would think they would mention it as a feature if they had it. Time will tell.

  5. How sad, i ordered a uv-3r+plus and still waiting on it from the via eBay. Almost the same price as this but this has
    a keypad. =(. oh well, if the specs are right at least the uv-3r
    is lighter and not too far off on capabilities from the uv-5r.

  6. I ordered a UV5r 10 days ago.Should be getting it real soon. I bought mine from 409 shop. $62 shipped.

  7. No alphanumeric display, no channel names.

    1. That is incorrect. I just changed mine (via software) and have a couple of memories showing up as "A" and "B".

  8. It says DTMF decode Optional, Does anyone know how to turn it on? it would be great to figure out how to be able to decode the ANI info and be displayed.. Bradley

  9. Has anyone measured the spectrum ?

  10. always somewhere to store the frequency into memory?

    1. Here is how to add a repeater into memory.

      Or you can use the software:

  11. i am looking for same reason ,please tell me if you know how put frequency in memory! thank's 73

  12. There is a wealth of information on the UV5R at as well as the Yahoo forum UV5R

    John K3NXU

  13. What is the output transmitter power for the UV-3R+ vhf band? While the output transmitter power of UHF band is 2 watts...