Baofeng Radio is a relatively
new manufacturer from China, but their little
walkie-talkie / handie-talkie radios are a real
winner. I bought one a few months ago and
state it's a fantastic value. I know there is a
stigma about Chinese radios but I decided to take a
38 bucks... how could I go wrong. Well, this radio
is a very good value for very little money.
The Baofeng UV5B not
only has GMRS and other UHF frequencies, but can
be used on VHF MURS channels as well. This little
radio has a lot of features found on the much more
expensive Japanese radios. And, it is repeater
capable if you have a GMRS repeater locally!
Click on the radio for more info!
As an Amateur radio op, it's a great backup to my Icom
IC-T81A (no longer manufactured and a LOT more expensive
when it was sold) and for all intents and purposes, works
just as well on the two bands. The software to
program the Baofeng is just about as spartan as the old
Icom software, but unlike the Icom, it's EASY to program
the radio from the buttons on the face of the
handie! You really don't even need the
software and cable, if you want to save a few bucks.
I bought an extra battery for my UV5B and keep them charged up (and
YES, the charger IS a smart charger that will quit
charging when the battery if fully charged... unlike
cheaper radios that will just keep charging forever).
This radio even has a switchable "Roger Beep" that sounds
similar to Midland/Uniden GMRS radios Roger
Beeps. I chose to leave it off since I use the radio
on amateur frequencies.
The radio works from 137 - 174 Mhz and 400 - 520 Mhz.
There are OTHER Baofeng radios as well! Check them
out and choose!