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New Ronson UV-8r: same as Baofeng UV-5r?

Discussion in 'Ham Equipment' started by Moleculo, May 1, 2012.

  1. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator Staff Member

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    I noticed that 409shop has new HT that looks identical to the Baofeng UV-5r, but is branded as a Ronson UV-7r. The box of the Ronson says that it is a 7 watt radio, but all of the specs on 409shop are the same as the UV-5r. I'm guessing that these are identical radios and the box is a misprint. Does anyone have any different info?


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  2. Robb

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    Sure they the got the name right?
    Maybe someone told them to call it a 'Johnson' - lol.

    Didn't read where they said it did 7 watts. Wouldn't make much difference anyway if it did. If it is just the same radio that has been re-branded - like the TYT is - then what they hey? Y'know?

    Since the battery is the real limiting factor in the radio's output and the largest LiOn battery available is 1800mah@7.4v; then providing a step down power supply using an 13.8 source would make it more stable in an automotive environment than it already is. I have zero problems hooking up with most repeaters in the Bay Area (including the N Bay Area) with just 1 1/2 watts and a mobile antenna. But if that could be made to do a solid 5 watts or more continuously (with a better power supply); then that may prove to make this radio unstoppable. That - and re-flashing the firmware/bios to something better too.
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  3. Moleculo

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    That is the biggest thing that would improve this radio. If they would get rid of some of the quirks in the firmware, it would be a winner.
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  4. Zaper

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    The Baofeng UV-5R is down a couple of bucks and half in 409shop...

    - to get rid of overstock due to no debbuging on the way
    - new revised version to be released
    - other cheap 5W brand competitor soon
    - none of above

    Regards!

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  5. Mudfoot

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    It would be nice.

    I have owned countless HT's over the years. I don't know why I do because I seem to never use them, so I end up selling or trading them off.

    For some reason, I really like this little HT and have been using it more than any other. I think the MIL-SPEC look turns me on.
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  6. BrickOLore

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    Hans (PD0AC) figured it out... he did the math - see link below. I also noted in the 409Shop listing I saw, it stated that it was a UV-5R in the description. Oops.

    Brick O'Lore: Baofeng UV-5R: Ronson UV-8R
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  7. Moleculo

    Moleculo Administrator Staff Member

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    Hahaha. That's it for sure...clever marketing.
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  8. Mudfoot

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    At least most HAMS won't butcher the name "Ronson".

    I like hearing all the different pronunciations of the current lot of Chinese HT's.

    A cute little Chinese girl that works in a local restaurant that I frequent, says the "W" in Wouxun should not be there. She still pronounced it as "O shin".
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  9. Robb

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    That is cool to know.
    Sure glad the name of the radio isn't 'Wouxit' . . .
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  10. NorthStar

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    More garbage!
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  11. Robb

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    Actually, they work quite well.
    Really like my Baofeng.
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  12. BrickOLore

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    Check out Ed's site - you can listen to Wouxun being pronounced.

    Wouxun - Correct Pronunciation in English

    Brick
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  13. Mudfoot

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    What about Baofeng's pronunciation? I need to take mine to her, lol.
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  14. NorthStar

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    Let's see they have very poor adjacent channel rejection for starters most are off frequency out of the box..... You get what you pay for.....
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    New Ronson UV-8r: same as Baofeng UV-5r?

    I bought a Baofeng UV-r5 a month or so ago and am very pleased with it. I got the programming cable a use Chirp programming software with it ans my Yaesu 857d. My opinion on the UV-5r is it is an excellent radio, I use it by itself with rubber ducky antenna or connected to a magnet roof mount 144 and 440 antenna or connected to my beam when I am hooked to my dialysis machine. I don't have any complaints works fine for 60 bucks to me..
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