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Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band Transceiver (Black)

The Baofeng UV-5RA is a compact, economical HT covering 2 meters and 440 MHz. It has special VHF receive band from 65 - 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. You get up to 128 memories. Othe...

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Build
(25 reviews)
Ship
(24 reviews)
Battery life
(38 reviews)
Buy
(35 reviews)
Value
(62 reviews)
Quality
(73 reviews)
Product
(92 reviews)
Range
(49 reviews)
Radio work
(36 reviews)
Way
(46 reviews)
Ham
(53 reviews)
Adapter
(19 reviews)
Programming
(35 reviews)
Bag
(14 reviews)
Doe
(11 reviews)
Button
(8 reviews)

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build

Reviews around build (5.00 of 5)

  • If you are looking for a well built radio that will meet your needs on a fixed budget this radio is for you.
  • Great radio for the price use it alot love the built in flashlight
  • Nice well built radio if I could figure out how to use the features.
  • It seems to be well built and I am sure it will be great once I get it figured out.
  • It is a very well built radio and works fine for me in the Amateur Radio bands.
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ship

Reviews around ship (4.74 of 5)

  • product comes as described , fast shipping , good product
  • I have had no problems with it, got super fast shipping and great service from the seller, thank you!!!
  • First off these are great radios and shipping was quick
  • Excellent, without problems, all fine i like this item, thanks amazon!
  • Obviously this item was shipped from China, radio works fine but charger doesn't work, couldn't be bothered sending whole package back like
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battery life

Reviews around battery life (4.68 of 5)

  • The battery life and durability of this unit is fantastic
  • Battery life is excellent, and the radio seems to hold up well
  • The Positives: Great Audio, great on simplex, good battery life, comfortable to hold
  • does not work as it should.
  • The battery life is great and the fact that that not only do you have UHF and
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buy

Reviews around buy (4.65 of 5)

  • If you just want to listen or are licensed, you'll find it to be a great buy.
  • I'm not going to rehash any of the other reviews, this is a great buy.
  • This is the second one I bought - didn't really need it but couldn't pass it up at this price (just another impulsive buy).
  • This was packaged poorly and missing the strap and headset the radio itself is great and a great buy.
  • so I was concerned that it would be as equally cheap in quality but it has been a great buy and the fact that it came with the charger base and hands free
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value

Reviews around value (4.60 of 5)

  • It's a great value for someone just getting into ham radio, or for those with a tight budget.
  • Unbelievable value for the price
  • A little hard to program, but great value for the low price.
  • Awesome value, great little radio for the seasoned Ham or a beginner
  • This is a great value for a radio with this many features
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quality

Reviews around quality (4.43 of 5)

  • These radio's are loaded with any feature you would find in a good quality Ham radio at a fraction of the price
  • The sound quality on them is pretty good too no complaints expecially for the price
  • Better quality than I was expecting at such a cheap price.
  • The radio looks really good and feels better quality that one has any right to expect from such a low price
  • Secondly, it also means the E-Proms are of poor quality
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product

Reviews around product (4.41 of 5)

  • Very useful product and the ease of use over other product is great!
  • Thank you for taking the time to read my review.***Don’t rely on the Amazon star system alone, pay attention to WHY a person either liked or disliked a product
  • As a buyer of well-over 300 Baofeng radios (and counting) for the group I belong to (not all of which were purchased through Amazon but many were), I'm always amazed at the lengths some sellers go to to hype their products as being "newer" or "better" than other models, or perhaps (to give them the benefit of the doubt
  • i recommend this product for those baofeng radio users
  • with the radio being received out of the packaging I wonder if it may have been a defective product now
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range

Reviews around range (4.40 of 5)

  • Range is crap, battery is really bad
  • Cheap price for a ham radio, if considering purchasing I would highly recommend as it has good range, and great battery life
  • does not work as it should.
  • Great radio capability for the price is amazing range is great recommend to anybody, great to have around for emergencies
  • Range is good for a handheld, and the quality on this thing blows away $40 FRS/GMRS radios (which of course are in UHF band on this thing, letting me use it with non-licensed friends for local tom foolery).I really like this
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radio work

Reviews around radio work (4.39 of 5)

  • I love this radio works very good this radio can break frequencies and the range is
  • Radio works fine but it will take me a while to get all the manual programming procedures down.
  • does not work as it should.
  • Seriously shocked at how well this radio works for the price
  • Obviously this item was shipped from China, radio works fine but charger doesn't work, couldn't be bothered sending whole package back like
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way

Reviews around way (4.23 of 5)

  • I think it’s a cheap way to get into HAM radio to see if it’s something you enjoy.
  • I like the radio does a great job once you learn how to use it, no way you can rember all the functions
  • the ham two way radio it small and neat and work perfect,i love it
  • I have learned the hard way- don't scrimp on the programming cable
  • For the price its great, and a wonderful way to intrest my friends into the world of Ham Radio!
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ham

Reviews around ham (3.72 of 5)

  • Great ham radio this is the best thing I have bought in a long time
  • after my waxuon died got this because a friend had one not a bad ham for a great price
  • Great ham radio for begginers or as a bug out bag radio.
  • Did not understand these were mobile ham radios, my fault
  • Great ham radio i own several models and would buy many
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adapter

Reviews around adapter (2.94 of 5)

  • light weight,small and excellent range.we use it professionally as well as for enjoyment.licences are required tho in the radios literature it was not stated
  • Not as good as the higher dollar Dual band HT I have but it works as it should.
  • light weight,small and excellent range.we use it professionally as well as for enjoyment.licences are required tho in the radios literature it was not stated
  • Not as good as the higher dollar Dual band HT I have but it works as it should.
  • This radio doubles as a UHF/VHF Commercial Band radio and includes programming features specifically for that and can transmit as high as 520 MHz!The battery is a Li-ion which is a plus, but the wall adapter is pretty cheap (read this as cheesy and light weight in design and durability
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programming

Reviews around programming (2.48 of 5)

  • PC03 FTDI Genuine USB Programming Cable for BTECH, BaoFeng, Kenwood, and AnyTone Radio
  • Manual Programming really is easy as long as you have time to watch the videos.
  • Programming was easy, especially with the add on cable and the open source CHIRP software
  • Programming is tricky but there are many forums on the web to talk you through it.
  • Programming is a little more difficult but once you get the hang of
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bag

Reviews around bag (2.22 of 5)

  • Not as good as the higher dollar Dual band HT I have but it works as it should.
  • Great for stocking a cheap bug out bag, but if your looking for a durable item look elsewhere
  • Great ham radio for begginers or as a bug out bag radio.
  • Can be programmed with Weather, FRS, GMRS, Murs, Marine, Repeaters, and HAM to make a great little scanner and talkie for a bug out bag/emergencies.
  • This is a great radio to add to a bug out bag and for low budget licensed amateur radio operators to start with
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doe

Reviews around doe (1.86 of 5)

  • Still learning what it all does before the battery dies.
  • This is a great, compact, radio that does the job very well.
  • It seems to work but does have an issue pulling in a signal compared to my other radio
  • Every UV-5R series radio has the ability to transmit from 136-174 MHz on VHF and from 400-520 MHz on UHF in both narrow-band and wide-band modes (very useful for the occasional FRS or MURS use, which requires narrow-band mode to work correctly).Every model does "at least" 4W on VHF/UHF from the factory, but occasionally you'll get a batch that does 4.5W or even 5W out, but the difference between 4W and 5W is minimal at best.
  • Squelch doesn't work and neither does the signal meter but for this price i can live with it.
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button

Reviews around button (1.69 of 5)

  • I ordered 2 of these and on one, the button to turn the light on top on didnt work and also the audio/mic jack wouldnt work
  • Also, know that although this WILL tune through the frequencies, you're stepping rather slowly with a button and scanning is just as slow
  • The only thing that stinks is you have to buy a seperate accessory (sync wire) to disable the PTT button, if you're a non-licensed owner
  • Number 2 button didn't work but also when programmed the same as my other UV-5R (both running same firmware), I didn't receive much and barely held the weather stations locally wich are a very strong signal
  • You will carefully punch button after button only to find the radio decided it didn't like the
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