I have a few of the UV5Rs, they will NOT pick up AM, CB, OR SW
Originally Posted by Alredneck
The BF9 is just a UV5R with a more powerful transmitter, it's 8 watts vs. 4 watts.
The Frequency Range of a UV5R is 65-108 MHz (Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx) all the other dual band Baofengs and similar chinese import radios are similar in frequency range
You're correct, the stock baofeng antennas are crap, I always replace my stock HT antennas with a Diamond SRH77CA/SRJ77CA http://www.universal-radio.com/catal...ntht/2368.html you need the Reverse SMA antenna for the UV5R. It's not going to perform like a vehicle mounted antenna, but it's way better than the stock antenna
As far as a recommendation it depends on what your must have requirements are.
If you want a radio that can transmit on 2M/70CM and have the ability to listen to FM and CB the options are quite a few. A lot of the Yaesu radios have wideband receive
Do you need IP67 waterproofing?
Do you need any of the digital modes?
Do you need APRS?
Do you need encryption?
If you want to transmit on VHF/UHF/HF there are only a few options and they are all expensive, all over $300 AFAIK
Last edited by Tdale; 07-28-2016 at 10:11 AM.
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