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BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio + Free Shipping
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H4VT7A 

New Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio + Free Shipping
http://www.amazon.com/Baofeng-136-174-400-480-Dual-Band-Transcei... 

New EtekcityŽ UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00AW244O4/ref= 

Low price point over at camelcamel, For the UV 5RA
http://camelcamelcamel.com/Baofeng-136-174-400-480-Dual-Band-Tra... 
UV-5R
http://camelcamelcamel.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-136-174-400-480-Dual-Ba... 


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

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Great! I bought the last one a few days ago but wanted to buy a set. I'm glad it's back in stock for under $30.

momoman (Aug. 10, 2013 @ 2:54p) |

mine came in yesterday, green LED burned out in in one charger but i think it is still working fine, the cheap programmi... (more)

skh12 (Aug. 10, 2013 @ 4:51p) |

this is the cable i got

it worked fine (win7 64bit) the driver windows selected worked fine, but after i was done using i... (more)

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Prices like these scare me a little. HAMs tend to be down right anal about rules and regulations (and rightfully so). Prices this low make such equipment an impulse purchase within easy reach of the sort of people who made the CB bands so much fun in the seventies and eighties.

Never had a ham radio. Might give it try on an impulse buy. Thanks OP.

Butcherboy said:   

Low price point over at camelcamel, For the UV 5RA
http://camelcamelcamel.com/Baofeng-136-174-400-480-Dual-Band-Tra...
UV-5R
http://camelcamelcamel.com/BaoFeng-UV-5R-136-174-400-480-Dual-Ba...


What is the difference between the UV-5R and the UV-5RA ?
Is the 5RA just a newer version?

For more info, here's a link to a previous FW thread about these radios. Very small and nice but apparently programming is a nightmare and firmware issues.

FYI Link

themew said:   Link to a previous FW thread about these radios. Very small and nice but apparently programming is a nightmare.

Link


From reviews I have read, not so with the CHIRP software.

I don't know why, but green.

DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

A license is required to transmit with this radio! If you don't have a federally-issued amateur radio license, you are risking a heavy fine!

Angryblues said:   
What is the difference between the UV-5R and the UV-5RA ?
Is the 5RA just a newer version?


This reminds me of HTC. They have had phones out for years called the HTC One S, HTC One X, HTC One V, and even the HTC One Plus.

So what do the geniuses there decide to call their latest and greatest best phone ever? They call it the HTC One. Really? Wouldn't you think the HTC One Plus is a newer and better version? It just amazes me the stupidity of big corporations.

This is in no way a dig against the poster I replied to, but instead is to show the real life situation where people are trying to figure out what model is newer, better, or has more features, and how stupidity in naming a product can result in lost sales.

Well, we'll see. In for two of the "A" models.

Here's some good reviews.
http://www.eham.net/reviews/detail/10349

Personally, I'd stay away from these Chinese radios. QC is always a problem. Amateur radio gear is always very sensitive to interference and modulation issues caused by bad soldering and quality issues. I prefer an entry level, single band (2m) Yaesu or ICOM over these. If you have an interference/modulation problem, you can spend hours to troubleshoot and never know it's your gear that's bad, not the repeater or problem with your antenna.

With mine, build quality was excellent. To get a dual band HT with lithium ion battery at this price is amazing.

Programming was equally difficult compared to my Yaesu and Icom. Use Chirp and a cable to save the headache.

PL tone squelch is foobar but the signal level squelch uses DSP to make it really effective so I don't miss the pl tone squelch. (It only works on higher freq PL tones).

bocaboy said:   DANGER WILL ROBINSON!

A license is required to transmit with this radio! If you don't have a federally-issued amateur radio license, you are risking a heavy fine!


In the OP

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

I took the test as part of Emergency Response planning at my office. There are considerable rules about transmission, and the test wasn't that easy (technician test, I believe)

Though I give the OP green, I'm not sure I remember enough of the rules/guidelines to keep myself out of trouble with these. What I do remember, however, is that someone was in the class was issued a KFCxx call-sign, and we call him Kentucky Fried Chicken for the remainder of the training.

does it come with hamfest sugar donuts?


Logan71 said:   I took the test as part of Emergency Response planning at my office. There are considerable rules about transmission, and the test wasn't that easy (technician test, I believe)

Though I give the OP green, I'm not sure I remember enough of the rules/guidelines to keep myself out of trouble with these. What I do remember, however, is that someone was in the class was issued a KFCxx call-sign, and we call him Kentucky Fried Chicken for the remainder of the training.


I am sure I could pass the test with a little effort. But I am not sure I would immediately grasp the ham radio world. I guess the best thing would be to join a club and learn directly from one the geeks that own this space.

Great deal. The perfect "just in case" radio to have...just in case the unthinkable comes to pass. Of course in the meantime you'll have to get a ham license to use it legally.

The ham licensing test requirements have become easier I believe, and unless the system has changed, the questions and answers are available before you take the test. And I believe the morse code requirement has been lifted for the higher level ham licenses.

When I took the tests (a long time ago), there were morse code tests that had to be passed in order to qualify for the higher license classifications...the 20 words per minutes test for the highest "extra" class license was tough. I barely made it through, if memory serves.

But today the tests necessary to transmit on the radios listed in this deal are easy. Without the morse code requirement it really doesn't take much to pass the tests nowadays. Just a good memory.

I just cannot get used to "Butcherboy" with the cow icon posting a "ham" thread.

What I'd like is a link to a programming cable with a genuine Prolific chip. That's the proverbial needle in the haystack.

Surely they will work with or without a license.

yesidonoitall said:   Surely they will work with or without a license.
Everyone can drive a car without a license, too, under your logic.

miqie said:   yesidonoitall said:   Surely they will work with or without a license.
Everyone can drive a car without a license, too, under your logic.



Not the same, and cb radios required a license, I knew of noone who had such.

miqie said:   yesidonoitall said:   Surely they will work with or without a license.
Everyone can drive a car without a license, too, under your logic.


Sure, a license is not needed to just drive.

Okay,

UV-5R

or

UV-5RB

does it really matter?

hpm.

These are really great radios! I bought 3 of them recently recently. I also own a couple of Yaesu portable radios that cost $200+ each, so as someone on Amazon mentioned precisely (can't really say better!) "with Baofeng you get escort for the price of hookers". Absolutely agree, for $40 there's nothing that can beat those small devices.

I read numerous reports on different forums about rescue teams / firefighters and even law enforcement buying those as backup radios lately especially to be used in rough / wet / dangerous conditions when there's a huge chance to lose / destroy the device. (Not sure though if it is true, but if it is, I won't be surprised) No regret to lose a radio that costs less than a dinner for 2 in almost any place.

Talking about programming - YES, it is a nightmare if you don't have a cable. Just consider $10 cable not as an optional, but simply as a required item and life would become much easier. Actually, this is what I don't really understand about Baofeng - they could have just included this cable with EVERY radio rising its price for another $5-6 (I don't really think cable costs more wholesale) and it could've still been one of the best deals in the market, but it could've saved trouble and frustration for many people.
So, buying a cable is A MUST! No excuse for not doing it Believe me

Talking about difference between different models - in fact there's almost no difference.
I have 2 UV-5RA and one UV-5R Plus (all from Sain Store) and all with Firmware version 297. I observed absolutely no difference between those units. 5R Plus looks much more professional and sturdy, while 5RA looks more like a toy / cheap Chinese unit. In fact, I see it only as an advantage (especially if you operate it without a license).

Cutting short - those radios are one of the best pieces of electronics I had a chance to buy over last years. I personally see it as a required item in any household (who knows when you might need it). Even if you don't need it you can use it as a scanned to listen to your local PD / FD that might just be fun

I got a Uniden Home Patrol 1 so my funds are gone.

I would suggest looking at the new UV-B5. This is a new model with many of the short comings of the previous models fixed. review Yahoo group Unfortunately it is so new that the best deal on this seems to be on fleabay.

plenty on amazon

snake253 said:   I would suggest looking at the new UV-B5. This is a new model with many of the short comings of the previous models fixed. review Yahoo group Unfortunately it is so new that the best deal on this seems to be on fleabay.

I bought one of these a few months ago. They are a great little radio that are practically as capable as far more expensive HT's other than a few gimmicky features. Personally I own a VX8R and one of these. As for licensing, there is no reason not to study and take the test. It's easy today and you'll be legitimate. It's not like the old days when you had to learn morse code at a insane speed in order to use popular bands, today you can get your technician and general licenses pretty easily if you just study a bit on the rules and radio theory. There are free sites with practice tests, take it a few times and you could even memorize the question pool (not that I endorse that technique).

Welcome to the world of ham radio...

The UV-B5 looked good enough in the reviews that I ordered one of them. Thanks for the info!

Just found the UV-B6 on Amazon for under $40 and according to the reviews, all the flaws with the original have been eliminated.

Hmm.. So tempted to grab one of these...

I have been having fun using my UV-5R to listen to the Near earth Satellites and the ISS. You don't need license if you are not going to transmit. There is a pretty good UV-5R Yahoo group can help with any questions.

can you text and drive with those ?

sumduude said:   can you text and drive with those ?


In Oregon yes, because the no texting or cell phone use law is on cell phones only....
I am also legally free to use the SiriusXM remote to my hearts content while driving if I want to.
It has a screen and must be read, same as a cell phone.

If I understand things correctly, you can listen without a license. You cannot transmit without a license.

This is because spectrum is a publicly shared resource, and you have to learn to share it appropriately. For instance, you might end up accidentally holding down the 'transmit' button. But perhaps you're 10 years old and don't know why that's a bad thing - it prevents other people from transmitting. Thus, the importance of getting licensed.

If you choose to buy this just for listening purposes, it should be fine and legal. Just stay away from the transmit buttons.

ilya2012, I'm about to order, but what is the "cable" are you referring to? a link would be fantastic as a reference.

throwawaytion said:   If I understand things correctly, you can listen without a license. You cannot transmit without a license.

This is because spectrum is a publicly shared resource, and you have to learn to share it appropriately. For instance, you might end up accidentally holding down the 'transmit' button. But perhaps you're 10 years old and don't know why that's a bad thing - it prevents other people from transmitting. Thus, the importance of getting licensed.

If you choose to buy this just for listening purposes, it should be fine and legal. Just stay away from the transmit buttons.


There are other important issues such as not holding onto the antenna while transmitting at 4 watts without understanding you are essentially microwaving yourself on low. These are not walky-talkies, they are a reasonable output power radio.

You are correct in that it's perfectly legal to receive without a license. It's just a temptation...

The cable being referred to is:

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Cable-Baofeng-UV-5R-Wouxun/dp/...

There are many other links, search around for the cheapest. Or if you have connectors and a bus pirate you can rig it up!

freebeeme, I ordered a cable using this link - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RZJHJU
I think foglem's link will perfectly work as well.
It might not be easy at first to make it work (it might require Conexant driver that might be hard (but still possible) to find) and ideally some third party software to manage channels and settings (I use freeware CHIRP). Once you figure out how to set it up for the first time, I doubt you'll have any issues later on.

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this is the cable i got

it worked fine (win7 64bit) the driver windows selected worked fine, but after i was done using it, it would crash windows, i found an updated driver but didn't test it yet



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