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This is a Ham Radio, You will need a FCC Technician license ( There free, But you have to take a test )
Sometimes the testers charge up to $15 for the test, But some do not.
http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=service_home&id=a...

Ham Radio License Manual with CD (Arrl Ham Radio License Manual)
http://www.amazon.com/Ham-Radio-License-Manual-Arrl/dp/087259097...

Find an Amateur Radio License Exam in Your Area
http://www.arrl.org/exam_sessions/search

Product Description
Features


* Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby
* Output Power: 4 /1Watts
* 128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 DCS
* 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

General Specifications

·Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive only); 136-174 MHz and 400-479.995 MHz(TX/RX)
·Channel No.: 128
·Frequency Stability: ±2.5ppm
·Antenna: High gain Dual-Band Antenna
·Antenna Impedance: 50 ohm
·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)

Transmitter Specifications

·Output power: 4W / 1W (Max 5W)
·Modulation Mode: 16kWbF3E / 11kWbF3E
·Maximum deviation: <5kHz(Wide) / <2.5kHz(Narrow)
·Spurious Radiation: <7 microW
·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

Package Including

· 1 x UV-5R (VHF136-174MHz / UHF 400-479.995MHz)
· 1 x 7.4V 1800mAh Li-ion Battery Pack
· 1 x Antenna 136-174/400-479.995Mhz
· 1 x Earphone Mic/Headset
· 1 x Belt Clip
· 1 x Hand Strap
· 1 x ENG / GER / FRA Manual
· 1 x adapter
· 1 x Desktop Charger (100V ~ 240V)

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True, but just like illegal immigration it isn't enforced.

Lvscott (May. 10, 2013 @ 6:48p) |

Ya right----until you get caught. People have been prosecuted.

jeffc (May. 10, 2013 @ 6:58p) |

Hello,
I have a UV-5RC and I like it. I don't have to worry about dropping it and breaking a expensive radio. The handhel... (more)

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These are great, work just like FRS radios (though tuning them to the same channel is a bit of a PITA). The range is AWESOME. You DO NOT NEED A LICENSE KEY, they work as is! Every once in a while like old crabby guy will jump on and yell about something regarding unlicensed transmissions, etc, but you can just tell him to piss off and he goes away. Battery life is great too.

yakky said:   These are great, work just like FRS radios (though tuning them to the same channel is a bit of a PITA). The range is AWESOME. You DO NOT NEED A LICENSE KEY, they work as is! Every once in a while like old crabby guy will jump on and yell about something regarding unlicensed transmissions, etc, but you can just tell him to piss off and he goes away. Battery life is great too.

Against federal law


73s

enforcement action

Fines normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.

great find---in for 1

great find---in for 1

The price is outrageously cheap. Anyone have any experience with them? Are they at least decent and not complete crap? I'm not by any means Kenwood, Yaesu, or Icom quality, just wanna know if it's worth the $50. The drop-in charger is a nice touch.

Hope so... got the last one (for now).

You can do whatever speed you like on the highway. Every once in a while some crabby guy will flash some red lights at you. Just tell him to piss off and he should go away.

miqie said:   You can do whatever speed you like on the highway. Every once in a while some crabby guy will flash some red lights at you. Just tell him to piss off and he should go away.

Yeah... lol.

What is the difference between this and the Baofeng UV 5RA for $44.80?

henare said:   enforcement action

Fines normally range from $7,500 to $10,000.


Come on, you pull yakky's leg. You have people drive 200mph like Kozaks all over and I get in trouble for playing with kids radio, pfft. Besides, the letter shown was just a friendly warning, they will send 2-3 of those before anyone shows up, me and my cousins will keep playing till we get a warning just like from the guy with red lights gives us. \

snake253 said:   Anyone what is the difference between this and the Baofeng UV 5RA for $45.50 ?

The differences appear to be mostly cosmetic. The newer models should have newer firmware (which reportedly is not field upgradeable), however my original model UV 5R that I purchased a few months ago also had the latest version firmware. So far, I have been pleased with the one I purchased. These radios are insanely cheap to buy, and I like the simplicity compared to my Yaesu VX-5R, where each tiny button has 3 different functions...

Be sure to order a programing cable as it makes things much easier. You can download the programing software from Baofeng's website: http://www.powerphone.com.cn/en/khfw.asp?1

There is also an open source program called Chirp that works with the Baofeng radios: http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download

Much more very helpful information on the UV 5R can be found here: http://miklor-uv5r.99k.org/

73

Cornelius said:   snake253 said:   Anyone what is the difference between this and the Baofeng UV 5RA for $45.50 ?

The differences appear to be mostly cosmetic. The newer models should have newer firmware (which reportedly is not field upgradeable), however my original model UV 5R that I purchased a few months ago also had the latest version firmware. So far, I have been pleased with the one I purchased. These radios are insanely cheap to buy, and I like the simplicity compared to my Yaesu VX-5R, where each tiny button has 3 different functions...

Be sure to order a programing cable as it makes things much easier. You can download the programing software from Baofeng's website: http://www.powerphone.com.cn/en/khfw.asp?1

There is also an open source program called Chirp that works with the Baofeng radios: http://chirp.danplanet.com/projects/chirp/wiki/Download

Much more very helpful information on the UV 5R can be found here: http://miklor-uv5r.99k.org/

73


Thank you for the info and the links....

Cornelius said:   Be sure to order a programing cable as it makes things much easier.Be sure to order a programming cable as it makes it possible for someone with large fingers to program this radio.

There, fixed that for you...

There is also a good, active yahoo group for the UV-5R!

where to get the cable???

cyberpitstop said:   where to get the cable???

I think this is it ?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Programming-Cable-Kit-for-New-2013-B...

Wads said:   
Against federal law

73s


piss off!

(did it work?)

Butcherboy said:   cyberpitstop said:   where to get the cable???

I think this is it ?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-Programming-Cable-Kit-for-New-2013-B...
Thanks I found it on Aliexpress for $5 might be worth the xtra $$ and not wait 3 wks for it too. thanks again!!

Cable:

two comments on this product claim success getting UV=5r+ PLUS working for $9.99

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Cable-BAOFENG-UV-5R-Driver/dp/...

one commenter couldn't make it work however...

Many of the programing cables use a Chinese copy of the Prolific USB chip. They work fine, but the newest official Prolific driver may not work with them. The easy solution is to use an older version Prolific driver. Details here: http://miklor-uv5r.99k.org/UV5R-Drivers.html

Yahoo UV 5R Group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/baofeng_uv5r/

Here's a good YouTube video on the UV 5R: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56PvtAqacz8

this is a nice find i also loved these radios growing up, i would steal them from cars and then transmit three stooges broadcasts and jerky boys and other silliness after connecting these units to a large 30 foot cb radio antenna.
they are $44 on eBay where you get 2% CashBack, as an alternative if that interests anyone.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Protable-Two-Way-Radio-BAOFENG-UV-5R-Pro...

yakky said:   These are great, work just like FRS radios (though tuning them to the same channel is a bit of a PITA). The range is AWESOME. You DO NOT NEED A LICENSE KEY, they work as is! Every once in a while like old crabby guy will jump on and yell about something regarding unlicensed transmissions, etc, but you can just tell him to piss off and he goes away. Battery life is great too.

The uninformed speaks dribble.

OliverQuackenbush said:   
they are $44 on eBay where you get 2% CashBack, as an alternative if that interests anyone.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Protable-Two-Way-Radio-BAOFENG-UV-5R-Pro...


old model on your eBay link fyi

and here is another cable for $8.95 http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Cable-Baofeng-UV-5R-Radio/dp/B...

another two claims that it worked with the new UV-5R+PLUS

It's your own head. but in the US 5th circuit the courts have ruled against the FCC on this point. The courts here find a hole which the FCC cannot fill. They say Congress has to fix this not the FCC. See following:

"The minimum power for a standard FM broadcast station which a construction permit applicant may request is 100 watts (0.100 kilowatts). Alternatively, if an effective radiated power of less than 100 watts is sought, the combination of the proposed effective radiated power and antenna height above average terrain must cause the distance to the predicted 1 millivolt per meter (mV/m) contour (or 60 dBu contour) to be greater than 6 k." 5th circuit says if you are under 100 watts no license needed. No one at the FCC has been able to point to a section of the FCC act that gives the FCC authority to require a license in that case. The FCC has tried to broaden the statute(because they said so) when the constitutional standard is to have a narrow interpretation. Witness the Obamacare decision. Unconstitutional under the commerce clause but constitutional under the 16th amendment as a tax. So whether the courts will back up the FCC is very much YMMV. And very risky for the FCC attorney under FRCP 11 as a frivolous claim.

But dealing with this is very expensive even if the FCC loses. Take the free test it's cheaper in the long run.

If I just wanna listen to ham broadcasts, do I need the license? I would hope not. But do I need the cable to program the frequencies, or will my skinny fingers work fine?

Would this be good to listen to whats going on in an emergency situation, such as
when other lines of information go down?

Thanks. I have been debating on taking the HAM test. This may just push me into it.

Be cautious if you're looking at a radio like this as a scanner. Usually these radios are able to transmit on any of the frequencies they receive, which is not just the amateur bands but many of the public safety frequencies. You do NOT want to screw up and transmit on say your local police channel and interfere with them. You transmit illegally, they can triangulate the signal. Some hams make a hobby of helping track people down.

For people who just want to listen and aren't interested in learning how to use a radio properly (i.e. ham license) an actual handheld scanner would probably be a safer choice, and often are capable of receiving a wider range of frequencies too.

For those who want to use them as a scanner, be careful
In many locations it is illegal to transport "Equipment or a combination of equipment that can monitor police broadcasts in a vehicle"
In Minnesota, those with a Ham license are exempted from this las (sect 299.5.37)
I used to carry a copy of the statute in my car as when I got pulled over and they saw a radio they assumed I was listening to them
and attempted to prove it or use it as an excuse to search my car
(I have more interesting things to do with my time)
and it is hard to explain to an idiot that there are other types of radios that exist
(Note that it may still be illegal to listen to them in a car, this statute just allows you to posses that equipment)
(not to nitpick but it is 73 not 73s)

73

N41. Thanks OP! Good Timing. I just am just finishing my classes and have the test in 2 weeks.

kboran said:   For people who just want to listen and aren't interested in learning how to use a radio properly (i.e. ham license) an actual handheld scanner would probably be a safer choice, and often are capable of receiving a wider range of frequencies too.For people who just want to listen there are many apps for your various devices. Example

Husband, son, and I have Ham Tech Licenses and use these radios (UV-5R) regularly and love them. These were given away as door prices at a local Ham in a Day event sponsored by our emergency preparedness agency. The links listed about are really necessary to program these radios as the manual that comes with them is garbage.

Would this model be a good addition for an emergency go/ g.o.o.d bag ?

Thanks OP! Need to renew my license.

osuuma said:   If I just wanna listen to ham broadcasts, do I need the license? I would hope not. But do I need the cable to program the frequencies, or will my skinny fingers work fine?

No. The airwaves are free. The license is only to transmit.

A couple of trolls in the forum... I say ignore them, just like on the air. They're getting off on the negatives.

I have this device (UV-5RA) and use it quite a bit. Just some points:

1) Check out the Yahoo Group for information, support and software which will open the frequency range a bit and enable extra's like dual channel monitoring.
2) You can disable the transmit button by removing the transmit frequency once you save a frequency to a channel. (On the UV-5RA the transmit button is very light and easily depressed by accident.)
3) It has a horrible time with reception of weak radio signals. I've had others that had no problems picking the NOAA frequency, this one is a chore just to get any type of garble of that station to come through it's speakers. Even tried some recommended antennas for it and it didn't help (much).
4) Decent battery life, Overall build quality 'feels' great. The rubber keypads are starting to show early wear with some of the ink starting to come off.
5) Be careful with these USB programming cables. Even though they are advertised to work with this unit, if they contain Chinese clones of the Prolific USB-to-serial chip they will not work with the latest drivers. Prolific has "responded" with a poison pill driver that will FAIL to work with a non-genuine chip. Windows 7 will rush out and load this new driver by default. Even if you deliberately install an older driver, Windows 7 will try to use the more modern (higher version number) driver.

Overall, its a good bang for the buck when you factor in the price and what it's capable of. Great for those times (like Hurricane Sandy) when the power is out and you want to know whats going on in the real world using both your local emergency frequencies ans using the FM band to listen to local radio. It even has an LED light at the top so you can use as a flashlight. Just don't have expectations that this will perform like a Yaesu or something similar at 4x the price..

kboran, I've only heard of one amateur radio sold in the US that could transmit outside of amateur frequencies without intentional modification. The one exception was a Yaesu/Vertex radio that was intended to work as both an aviation radio and an amateur radio. Yaesu discontinued it because of legal concerns.

As for ndsp's statement, although I'm not sure I'm looking at the right thing, I believe that ruling specifically was referring to broadcasting. It is illegal to broadcast on amateur radio with certain limited exceptions (the most notable is retransmitting NASA Shuttle transmissions with permission of NASA and communicating telemetry) -- so basically, the decision is absolutely irrelevant to anything other than low power wide-band FM radio on the 88-108 MHz band.

QST you need a license. QSN yakky? So QRT and ZBM2. QSL?

Not a Ham, just old military, that used radios...

73 (or 3s and 8s, the to CBers hanging out in the real radio thread)!

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Hello,
I have a UV-5RC and I like it. I don't have to worry about dropping it and breaking a expensive radio. The handheld mike and a little better antenna are cheap as well. I haven't had any problems with mine except for leaning how to load the driver for the usb cable. I use CHIRP to program because somthing in the Baofeng software sets off my antivirus software. The only drawbacks are you can't do WIRES or D-Star and softimes scanning can feel clunky but you aren't paying $150-$500 for a HT unit.



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