BaoFeng UV-5RE Plus
Do not be fooled by the price of the BaoFeng UV-5RE Plus. It may be cheap in price, but it is incredibly popular amongst Amateurs at the moment.
This unit is able to pack in a surprising amount of features for something quite cheap (we will cover those soon). However, you can do just about anything that you want with this model. Right out of the box you can look forward to high quality audio, both sent and received, and a fairly decent battery life. You should get a good few hours out of this before it needs to be charged. It is even a dual-band radio, something which I was very surprised to see on something that falls in this price range.
One of the most useful features of the BaoFeng UV-5RE Plus is that it is actually compatible with all of the Kenwood HT Accessories. This means that you can extend the functionality and the quality of the device even further.
The settings of the BaoFeng UV-5RE are quite easy to update. For a small unit, it is actually fairly easy to browse through the various menus on the device whilst ‘out in the field’. However, if you really want to make things easy for yourself, then you will be pleased to know that there is a special piece of software that you can download for your computer. All you need to do is grab a cable, slide it into your radio, and the other end into your computer. You will then be able to play with settings to your heart’s content.
In a stark contrast to other similarly priced units, no expense has been spared to ensure that the BaoFeng UV-5RE Plus is able to put up with the rigours of field work. Since the last incarnation of this unit, it has been given a bit of an update. The body is now crafted from a high quality plastics and metal facing. This means that it should last you many years to come. No wonder it is so popular.
Overall this is a company which truly listens to their customers. They have made massive changes to the design over the years (including an increase in the size of the antenna used). This means that you can be sure that you are getting a quality unit right out of the box.
- Output Power: 4 / 1 Watts
- FM Radio (Frequency between 65 MHz and 108 MHz)
- Various alerts including Emergency Alert and Low Battery Alert.
- 128 Channels. 104 DCS and 50 CTCSS.
- Battery Saving Mode to keep your device going for longer.
- Monitor Channel.
- High quality Dual-Band Display.
- Switchable between 25KHz and 12.5KHz.
- Switchable between High and Low RF Power
- 136-174 MHz (2 Meter)
- 400-479.995 MHz (70cm)