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The new Baofeng UV-5r dual band 4 watt VHF/UHF handheld transceiver has arrived! When I saw that this radio was coming out, I knew that I wanted to get one for comparison to its little brother, the UV-3r. I ordered it from 409shop.com for $56 shipped and it arrived yesterday.

Here is a picture of the new UV-5r:



First, here are the key specs:

Frequency Range: 136-174.995 Mhz / 400-479.995 Mhz TX/RX
FM Broadcast (RX): 65-108 Mhz
Memory Channels: 128
Frequency Stability: 2.5ppm
Frequency Step: 2.5, 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5, 25 khz
Battery: 7.4V 1800 mAh Lithium Ion
RF Power: 4 watts High, 1 watt Low
Spurious emissions < -60db
No receiver specs listed.

The radio is a little larger than the UV-3r (pic coming later), but still fairly small. My initial impression is that it is also a much tougher radio and built very solid. While the UV-3r feels like a cheap little disposable radio, this UV-5r feels like something that will last much longer.

Here is a pic of (almost) everything in the package:



It has a auto desktop charger (which is the only way you can charge it), a headset, the radio and antenna, battery, belt clip, wrist lanyard, and CD with English manual and software. Also included is a wonderful Chinese printed manual

The left side has the typical PTT, "CALL", and "MONI" buttons:



The right side has the speaker and mic plugs, shown open here:



One noticeable difference with this radio is the cover for the speaker/mic is well designed to keep dust and moisture out. This is how it looks with the the cover closed:



This radio uses the same speaker/mic configuration found in the Wouxun and Kenwood radios, which also means that the programming cable supplied with the other radios will work, as well. I have tested and verified programming the UV-5r with a Wouxun cable.

The top of the radio is where you find the flashlight and On/Off/Volume knob:



Here is the display with the FM broadcast radio on:



You can tell from this pic that I've enabled the standby purple back light. The light turns off after a few minutes of inactivity.



The flashlight is pretty bright:



And of course, the radio wouldn't be complete without the included alarm, shown transmitting here:



Next up, I'll show some pictures with other radios for size comparison and discuss the functionality of the new radio.

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great! i really like the shape of the vfo knob. how long did it take to get shipped from A to B ?
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Nice!

Just checked Import Communications aka Wouxun US before coming here. He's going to have them "next week" for $65.

BTW can you name the channels in the display or is it strictly frequency display?

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I was looking at the sofware interface...

One of the columns says: Scrambler.

does it have this capability?

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great! i really like the shape of the vfo knob. how long did it take to get shipped from A to B ?
It took about 2 weeks to get, primarily because it was out of stock at first.

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BTW can you name the channels in the display or is it strictly frequency display?
Yes, but it can only be done in the software. You can choose to display either the name or frequency in the radio menu.

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I was looking at the sofware interface...

One of the columns says: Scrambler.

does it have this capability?
The software that came with my radio does not have this column. I can't find anything in the manual about it, either. I know that some of the Chinese radios have that capability, so I'm guessing the software is fairly generic.

While on the topic of the included software, here is a print screen of what the software looks like after you install it:



Note that all of the buttons and menus just show "?????" instead of actual text. That's because the software is looking for Chinese fonts, which of course, I don't have. Look at the print screen closely and you'll see that I've selected the menu item that allows you to change the language to English. You have to do this every time you start the software. The programming software does work easily enough, and I had no problems programming a few features and memory channels.
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