Baofeng UV-5R, UV-5RA and BF-888s Differences

When it comes to ham radio receivers, Chinese radios are rapidly gaining popularity due to their cost effective devices. Of the various brands from China, Baofeng is among the top names used by radio amateurs. In addition to being used as a hobby, ham radio transceivers can also be used for emergency situations. Below are Baofeng reviews for their best ham radio transceivers.

Baofeng UV-5R

Baofeng UV-5RThis is a dual-band, hand-held ham radio transceiver that operates on both UHF and VHF frequencies. On the Baofeng UV-5R, the VHF rates between 136 and 174 MHz at 4 watts, while the UHF rates between 400 and 480MHz at 1 watt.

This Baofeng radio is 2013 FCC and Part 90 certified. It also serves as an FM radio, a LED flashlight, and is also equipped with an emergency alter.

The radio features 128 memories, a SMA connector, and an 1800-mAh high-capacity Li-ion battery.

Baofeng UV-3R

This is a cost-effective ham radio for users on a tighter budget or new hobbyists. It is a dual display, dual band and dual band radio with a frequency range of between 136 and 174 MHz and also between 400 and 470 MHZ. the Baofeng UV-3R has FM radio capabilities, an emergency alert, and a 10-hour battery life on average.

The device is convenient to have in locations such as a glove box, and is available in various different colors such as red, yellow and camouflage patterns.

Baofeng UV-5RA

Baofeng UV-5RAThis is a studier version of the UV-5R given that it has a rounded chassis. The difference occurs in that the Baofeng UV-5RA is equipped with a different programming and firmware. It features dual display, dual band, as well as dual watch capabilities.

The device has a frequency range of between 136 and 174 MHz, and between 400 and 480 MHZ. it is Part 90 FCC certified and is capable of receiving FM broadcast band at a range of between 68 and 108 MHz. The radio has auto backlight, 128 memories, an emergency alert and battery saving.

Baofeng BF-888s

This radio has a simple design and only has a few buttons. Given that the Baofeng BF-888s is lightweight, it can be used mainly as a walkie talkie. Its frequency ranges between 400 and 470 MHz, a LED light flashlight and an emergency alert.

Despite its sturdiness not being on a par with some of its high-end counterparts, it still offers good quality for its price. However, the user has to buy a USB programming cable to be used to program the radio using software gotten from the internet.

Baofeng UV-100

This is a dual display and dual band ham radio transceiver featuring an emergency channel and 99 ordinary channels.

Baofeng UV-100

It has a frequency range of between 136 and 174 MHz and also between 400 and 470 MHz. the Baofeng UV-100 has an FM radio functioning at a frequency range of between 87 and 108 MHz. the radio has a large LCD display, a low battery alert and an emergency alert.

It is also equipped with a handy LED flashlight, just like other Baofeng radios. Its 1200-mAh Li-ion battery can last up to 10 hours as it is a battery saver. Any inexperienced user will not have a hard time using it.