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Baofeng UV-5R
« on: September 15, 2013, 12:57:40 PM »
Ok I must admit I am mildly excited. I had read a lot about the Baofeng UV-5R hand held transceiver. I know some of you have them and the price being right I thought I would pick one up. I settled on a UV-5R II which came with the larger 3600mah Li-ion battery, programming cable, software and a few more accessories. The source was Hong Kong and although it estimated three weeks for shipping it arrived in less than two weeks. This in my view is pretty impressive. Now I can’t wait to play with it, hence my excitement.

It is a very capable radio pretty unbelievable for something under $60. The manufacturer’s manual has very small print so I downloaded an “enhanced” version from the net.   Over the next few weeks I will put it through its paces and post what I find. If anyone else has one it might be helpful to post your impressions here.
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2013, 01:59:57 PM »
got one of these last yr.. so far, about all i figgered what to do, is , turn it on.. dont know the lingo to figger it out
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 04:38:29 PM »
A good link Primus. That site also links to http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/ which has great information specific to the UV-5R. It is where I picked up my easy to read manual.

However at Miklor it is almost necessary to have the background knowledge required. Perhaps what we need are some simple step by step instructions for simple operations that a prepper might want to perform.
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 04:45:09 PM »
I hear you.  Been futzing around trying to program a scanner lately. :(   
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2013, 06:42:59 PM »
Scanners can be REALLY hard to program. People keep bringing their scanners to me because they can't program them. I hate that I have to read the manual every single time because they are all different. There is a lot of features on the UV-5R but thankfully they are all relatively easy to program. The problem is that you need the background to understand what the features does and many people don't have that level of expertise. However the good news is that if they take it a step at a time and use only those functions that they really need it will become not a difficult process.
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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2013, 10:18:22 PM »
It's an older Netset two hundred channel scanner.  Got it new in the box free.  Just need to decide what I want to scan for. 
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #7 on: September 29, 2013, 02:28:58 PM »
Just thought I would throw this in here in case anyone was unaware of these features.

 If you turn on the unit while holding down the “3 Save” key on the radio provides you with the firmware version. You need to know the firmware version if you plan on programming your radio.

If you turn on the unit while holding down the “6 ABR” key on the radio provides you with what is (according to  the much improved manual made by  http://radiodoc.github.com/ ) most likely a control or manufacturing date and a hardware revision number.

Two little features that you might find useful.
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2013, 07:59:03 PM »
Just picked up the 2014 GT-3 radio by Baofeng so I am reading up on repeaters and frequencies, antennas,  I have an electronics background so hopefully it will be easier on me. :)

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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2013, 08:01:35 PM »
Nice Christmas present. It seems to be a good radio and has good reviews on eham.net

http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/11453
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #10 on: January 01, 2015, 06:17:00 PM »
I use this radio quite often and used to sell them in my old store. They are great radio's and can handle the ruff stuff without fail. Once you learn how to program the radio and get the proper upgrades *cheap for under 40 dollars* you will have a radio that will last you a very very long time and perform top notch.

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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #11 on: March 02, 2016, 10:39:03 PM »
Amazon.ca currently has Baofeng UV-5R for $37.99. With the smaller 1800mAH battery.

These radios are a good start. Now or after the SHTF.

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http://www.amazon.ca/Baofeng-UV-Walkie-Talkie-Frequency/dp/B013YL7VA8/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1457068149&sr=1-1&keywords=baofeng+uv-5r

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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2016, 12:55:44 AM »
Baofeng UV5R is a great radio. An indispensable upgrade for them are a Nagoya 711 antenna. You can also make a very inexpensive J Pole antenna for base station work. I have one only 5' above ground level and I can hit repeaters 30 KM distance with it. Plans are on the internet. For programming you can use CHIRP. It is free and updated daily. It is also available for download from the internet. Finally an excellent resource for information is the meklor site
http://www.miklor.com/uv5r/
 
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2016, 01:13:38 PM »
Great info Jab thanks for giving us the link.
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2016, 04:34:41 PM »
Can anybody recommend me good ,reliable  AM/FM/SW  full size radio? My is slowly  fading .
It does not have to be cheep but good quality. 
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2016, 12:07:20 AM »
Henry,

Eton Radios are pretty good. Available from many sources. Is this sort of what you are looking for??

http://www.etoncorp.com/en/productdisplay/field-0



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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2016, 12:07:54 AM »
JAB,

Thanks for the link.

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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #17 on: March 04, 2016, 01:46:09 AM »
Hey Guys, Glad you found the info helpful. Here is a link for the plans for the J POLE
 
http://lh6.ggpht.com/_IO6H5riFKbs/TVvwUDOiEUI/AAAAAAAAAL0/Aju4VIgW2ig/s1600-h/2jpole6.gif
 
and here is how I set up the coax connector so I could easily connect the cable.
 
http://www.kf4eok.com/images/2m_bottom_half2.JPG
 
It uses a PL 239 chassis mount
 
Here are 2 links to good sources for coax and parts.
 
http://www.mapleleafcom.com/
 
http://www.megabytehitech.com/index.html
 
The second one is a small store with a great guy who runs it. He has lots of vintage equipment as well as coax, antennas and a TON of one of a kind items. He is great to deal with and is willing to dicker prices. He really knows his stuff.
 
Enjoy.
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #18 on: March 04, 2016, 03:19:20 PM »
Here is an excellent US site with more resources for communications. Their rules may be different than ours so exercise due diligence before you apply any of the information.
 
https://radiofreeq.wordpress.com/
 
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Re: Baofeng UV-5R
« Reply #19 on: March 04, 2016, 03:28:39 PM »
Henry. The qualities I would want in a radio would be am, fm, short wave, long wave, capability for an external antenna and if possible to run on batteries as well as line power.
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