The Baofeng UV-5RA is a compact 2-way hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65-108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual frequency watch and dual reception is supported. You get up to 128 memories.. more than sufficient for most ham users.
Other key features include:
- Selectable wide/narrow FM
- A/B Band switch
- Battey save function
- DCS/CTCSS encode
Select able frequency steps include: 2.5, 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5 and 25 kHz. RF power may be selected at 4 or 1 watts.
So much for the techie talk. The best spec… the price. On Amazon, they’re selling these like hotcakes for a fantastic price of $30-$35. And, if you are a Amazon Prime member, shipping is free! Accessories like external speaker/mic or additional Li-Ion 7.4V 1800 mAh battery and the programming cable are all dirt cheap too.
* 1x UV-5RA (VHF136174 UHF 400-480Mhz)
* 1x 7.4V 1800mahLi-ion Battery Pack
* 1x Antenna 136-174/400-480Mhz
* 1x Belt Clip
* 1x Hand Strap
* 1x Earphone Mic/Headset
* 1x English Manual
* 1x Adapter
* 1x Desktop Charger ( 110V ~ 240V )
I ordered two of these on Saturday night and they were delivered on Monday. now, that’s fast. Thank you Amazon!
It takes a little bit to get the hang of entering frequencies, PL tones, etc. Once you figure out the process, the rest is pretty easy. Much better than my Icom or Kenwood.
So far, I really like the radios and the wide frequency range it can handle.