Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio Review

Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio Review, 3.5 out of 5 based on 2 ratings
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Rating: 3.5/5 (2 votes cast)

Love them or hate them, most people agree on one thing about the Baofeng UV 5RA two way radios.

This is a great ham radios for the price. Emphasis on price. This is a relatively inexpensive had two way radio that is readily available for purchase at Amazon with a significant discount to retail price when I last checked.

If you are looking for a quality two way ham radio at a decent price, then consider what the Baofeng UV 5RA has to offer. Word of warning, this radio isn't for the faint of heart. By that I mean, don't use the handheld keypad for programming. Instead, spring for the inexpensive 5R USB programming cable and skip the hassle. Reports are once you have the programming cable then actual programming is a snap.

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Lets start with the features and give you a run down on what you get. There are 128 channels that operate in three different frequency ranges; 65 to 108 MHz, 126 to 174 MHz, and 400 to 480 MHz. The first is for FM receive only, the last two are for both transmitting and receiving. This weighs 250 grams (a little over half a pound) and measures 100 mm wide, 52 mm high, and 32 mm deep. This pushes out 4 watts / 1 watt with a 5W maximum.

Overall, this radio receives high marks for the features and capabilities at the price point. If this was priced much higher, it is unlikely the ratings and reviews would be positive as the obvious foreign manufacturing and subsequent "weak" translation of documentation would be a serious drawback. We can confidently recommend this two way radio as a great backup radio to have.

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