Sunday, October 27, 2013

Two-Way Radio, Again

     Headed for lunch Saturday, friends noticed my Baofeng UV-5R handheld HT and asked about it.  "There's an article on my blog," I told 'em, promising to put up a link.

     So far, so good with mine, though I have worn the print off the button that switches between preset tuning and continuously-variable mode.  Still works, and the little magic person inside announces the new mode when you push it.  For what amounts to a disposable radio, that's pretty good.


B said...


Anonymous said...

I bought one after reading your post. Except for the non-adjustable squelch, I've been extremely happy with it, and the guys in my club ( are all jealous.

I did get the extended battery for it, and now I can go days without charging it, all for about $60 bucks total.

Ed in MD

Anonymous said...


There's a site on the web, found by searching Baofeng hacks, that has a method of hacking the bios to allow use on 220 as well. I haven't tried it, but by all reports, it does work.


Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

I like mine. But I haven't been on the radio much lately.

Fuzzy Curmudgeon said...

BTW, the guys at ( say there's no working hack to make the UV-5R into a 220 transceiver. See .

wrm said...

Based on your recommendation I did some research and got the UV-B5 instead. I'm still figuring out the features. Nice little toy.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Fuzzy.

I thought it might be too good to be true. Now I won't bother trying it and stick to 2M & 70CM.


ZerCool said...

They're down to $30ish if you shop the sellers on Amazon with a bit of care. I've picked up two along with a roll-up SlimJim from N9TAX and am getting great reception; haven't made any contacts out with it yet. Haven't tried real hard either.