Showing posts with label UV-5R. Show all posts
Showing posts with label UV-5R. Show all posts

Monday, May 19, 2014

Baofeng UV-5R: Change Requests

Mike (W9MDB) is talking with the factory and asking for several changes on behalf of the user community. I always like to see how the manufacturers respond. I don't expect them to meet every demand, but when they do share the reasoning behind making the change or not, it helps me understand their technical abilities and business perspective better:
#1 Bug – The [Exit] key sends DTMF "0" instead of "D".
#2 Bug -- The mic jacks seem to be a very common problem.  The contacts will stay open preventing the internal mic from working.  Apparently due to some material around the jacks which melts in heat and will clog up the contacts.
#3 New -- Need to the ability to disable the VFO/MR button so the radio can be truly Part 90 compliant.
#4 New -- The ability to turn off the lower display (2nd VFO) completely -- and the A/B switch – for simple Part 90 operation scenarios
#5 New -- Get the “real” firmware revision level – maybe using the “9” key during power on?
#6 Bug – When scanning MR channels that have R-CTCS tones there is not enough time allotted to allow them to lock on the lower frequency R-CTCS tones
.#7 New – Allow the alarm to be completely disabled 
#8 Bug – When SAVE is not OFF and ABR > 8, the broadcast FM radio will have a pulsing noise after returning from being interrupted by a received signal.
#9 Bug – The enable/disable VHF TX and UHF TX features do not work#10 New – MDF-AB – OFF,FREQ,NAME – OFF means the display is left alone, FREQ means selecting a channel with [A/B] will force the selected channel to display FREQ and the other channel to display NAME.  NAME forces the selected channel to NAME and the other channel to FREQ.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wouxun KG-UV8D: Size Comparison

The first surprise I had was the size of the UV8D. From the pictures I had seen, I thought it was going to be a hefty radio. The reality is different. In the pictures you can see (from left to right) the Baofeng UV-3R, the Baofeng UV-5R, the Wouxun KG-UV8D, and the Wouxun KG-UV1DP.

(And, yes, I found my UV-5R.)

Another problem

I have too many radios. I can't find my Baofeng UV-5R.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Baofeng Comparison Chart

I can't recall if I've seen this before, but a pointer in the comments has it back to the top. The image is from the BaofengTech website.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Baofeng GT-3: Programming

There are always people having problems with programming their Baofeng radios. For those that prefer video tutorials, here is one featuring the GT-3, but might be helpful to UV-5R users.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Baofeng GT-3: UV-5R Comparison

A GT-3/UV-5R comparison video from Radioddity

He points out the different chips used in the GT-3 and UV-5R.

And has the following details on the site:

Radio Frequency IC

  • Upgrade SQ to enhance the anti-interference ability
  • RDA1846S add an new tail tone elimination function,when transmit and receive signal between 50Hz with 55H
  • Improve the receiver AGV switching noise when signal strength changes severe
Frequency-Modulated Receiver Chip
The RDA5802N has a powerful low-IF digital audio processor, this make it have optimum sound quality with varying reception conditions
Power Amplifier IC
  • Low crossover distortion
  • Low quiescent circuit current
LED Flashlight
High lumens degrees
Upgrade Dustproof, waterproof and drop resistance ability

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Baofeng GT-3: This is the one!

Okay, I don't actually know that this is THE ONE, but Hans points out some differences between the UV-5R and the pretty GT-3. John is taking one for the team and going to try a GT-3 out to see if it is just different or actually better.

And the Baofeng website says it is the one, so there is that.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Baofeng UV-5R: Amazon Lightning Deal

I'm not really sure how this works, but there is an Amazon Lightning Deal on the Baofeng UV-5R tomorrow at 11:50 Eastern (16:50 UTC). It is currently showing for $39.99 USD with free shipping. I'm assuming that the price drops to some impossible to resist number when the deal starts.

Deal seen first on AR-15 forum
About Amazon Lightning Deals

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Baofeng UV-5R:

John passes along the following:
"The (Chinese) Radio Documentation Project has just gotten its latest update by Jim KC9HI.
If you are the owner of a UV5R (or any of it's cousins) this IS the manual.
A copy is available at"
 It is a great resource (and in a convenient PDF file). If you have a UV-5R, you will want to snag a copy.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Baofeng UV-5R: $32

I've lost track, so is this the lowest it has been?

Baofeng UV-5R for only $32!!!

(Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or if you are willing to wait.)

Via Mark WB3CAI (@marksenk)

Monday, August 5, 2013

Baofeng UV-5R: Noise Canceling Feature

Hans has the details.

I say just move the slower processing unit a few inches closer to the source. That should take care of it and, if you position yourself correctly, you will have stereo sound!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Baofeng UV-B5: Miklor Reference

John (K3NXU) started with the UV-5R information. He added the UV-82. And now, you can get information on the UV-B5.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Best Chinese Dual-Band HT

Hans says with 100% absolute certainty that the answer to the question, "What's the best Chinese dual-band HT?" is:

It depends.