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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.


BaoFeng Radio Choosing between uv-5r vs. BaoFeng uv-82

If you’re looking for low-cost but high-quality two-way portable radio, which is suitable for both leisure and work, you can always count on BaoFeng radios. There are two great models from BaoFeng on the market today that you may want to look into: BaoFeng uv-5r and BaoFeng uv-82. Check out their most attractive features below.

BaoFeng uv-5r

First of all, uv-5r model has an excellent price for such high quality product and It’s FM receiver works better than any of the Sony’s radios in the same niche. BaoFeng radios are famous for being small in size which makes them comfortable to use, and this model is not an exception.

BaoFeng uv-5r

  • The simple and logical controllers help you tune in to any frequency in the range of 136-174 Mhz (VHF) and 400-480 Mhz (UHF)
  • While it has its own removable antenna it has been proved to work perfectly with Nagoya NA-771 antenna.
  • Default battery’s capacity is 1800 mA which allows the radio to work for up to 12 hours, and, of course, you could always get a bigger battery if needed.

BaoFeng uv-82

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One of its main advantages is the splash protection that could be useful for those working in an extreme terrain. And built-in flashlight of this model helps a lot, as well.

  • BaoFeng uv-82The uv-82 model has an exceptionally balanced case construction which makes it very comfortable to hold onto even with longer antennas.
  • Includes PTT button that allows receiving and switching between two different channels.
  • The UHF range is slightly wider than that of uv-5r model – 400-520 Mhz, VHF range is the same – 136-174 Mhz (VHF).

Both of these models are easily updated using firmware files. Both have slots for headset, programming cable, car charger and other accessories that can be easily added to the standard set.

BaoFeng for hunting, fishing and as a travel companion

Based on the comments of various users, one can say that BaoFeng brand have gained popularity mostly among hunters and fishermen. Although it can be very useful to buy one for each of your family members while traveling and keeping connection.

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Every radio expert will tell you that antenna is one of the most important features needed for quality receiving, but if you don’t want to buy uncomfortably long antennas then BaoFeng radios will be most suited with one of the Quansheng TG-UV2 radios’ compact antennas. Most reviewers say that the signal is just slightly worse than that of the original ones.

BaoFeng and Other Radio Brands

If you still haven’t figured out that BaoFeng radios suit you or not, you may take a look at other similar products from such brands as:

TYT TH-UV3R — Which is in the same niche of products and even slightly smaller in size, but a bit more expensive.
Zastone ZT-2R —  Another great choice with a striking amount of channels – 1300, in comparison to 128 channels in uv-5r model, but is twice as expensive.

In any case, before buying any kind of radio you should figure out what is it that you will need the most. For example, radios for professionals working in security or fire departments will need radios that are easy to use and have good mechanical protection, although may have limited technical features. On the other hand, amateur receivers may have more possibilities to play with.