New to this and looking for beginner recommendations. What’s a good starter radio with some dos and don’ts for a beginner? Please contribute.

  1. That’s a fine starter radio to dip your toe into the hobby, just don’t transmit with it. It’s not the best radio in the world, but it’s fine if you just want to listen in to local ham radio repeaters and maybe some local utilities.

  2. What an embarrassing conversation. Assuming anyone that asks a question is unlicensed is asinine. How about, "only licensed hams can legally transmit with this radio".

  3. That's okay, but people will give you for using a baofeng. They are notorious for poor filtering which means they transmit on multiple harmonics (multiples of the frequency you're trying to transmit on) and they can deafen of there happens to be a powerful enough transmitter nearby such as someone with a mobile (car) transceiver.

  4. I tested 4 baofengs I own with a dummy load and a scope and harmonics were within spec.

  5. Like other comments... The emissions problems have been mostly solved. Have a Big-ol-bunch of the befwings. love every one of them.

  6. I started out with a Baofeng UV5R and it didn’t work well in my environment. From my experience, they get desensed where my Icoms don’t.

  7. You have to ask yourself, WHY are they that much cheaper than everything else? Are Icom, Yaesu, Kenwood, and Alinco all overcharging by double and triple… or is Baofeng cutting corners somewhere? I see post after post where someone bought the cheapest Chinese radio they could find then end up having to replace it with something that actually works well- spending more than if they’d just gotten something reputable in the first place. My advice with any purchase- Always buy the best you can afford and you won’t be let down by it.

  8. I have half a dozen Baofengs at this point, and haven't had to replace any. I also have a Kenwood HT for APRS/D-STAR and a Kenwood mobile rig, but my default handheld is the UV-82.

  9. Same reason everything is cheaper when you buy it directly from China. You aren’t paying wholesalers, import brokers, “OEMs” to slap their label on it, and retailers.

  10. First off, you really shouldn't transmit with it or any other radio unless you have a license to do so. That's the legal part.

  11. Tbf as a licensed ham in the US your transceiver doesn’t have to be approved by the FCC. (For use on the ham bands, that is. Obviously its not legal to use a uv5r on non ham bands etcetc)

  12. I started out with the UV5R. I’m not going to say they are a bad starter, however, they don’t end up lasting a long time if your constantly using it. I went through a few of these radios and spending more on them in the long run.

  13. Fine radio to start with, I did. You may quickly outgrow it. It has poor filtering on rx. If there are nearby FM towers it will get easily swamped (poor out of band rejection). Other hams will hear you tx, but you won't be able to hear them.

  14. Buy a yaesu ft60 or ft60dr, both great handhelds and far better receivers than the baofeng. Baofeng get overloaded from nearby out of band transmissions that will not affect a better radio.

  15. Before I got my license, I bought the BF-F8HP for listening in on my local nets. You'll quickly want to spend a few extra bucks for an aftermarket antenna because the rubber duck that comes with it isn't really all that good, and the money spent is well worth it.

  16. it's not legal to transmit on FRS/GMRS with these radios regardless of the license you hold.

  17. I love mine and it convinced me to pursue amateur radio as a hobby. Taking my general next week and ordering a transceiver so I can reach folks worldwide!

  18. Get the GT-5R - Spurious emissions are solved. Several YT videos show it tested, and I've tested it myself. It's been greatly improved.

  19. Honestly, spend a bit more and buy a Yeasu FT-60. It has one of the best receivers of any HT ever for dual band use.

  20. As a baofeng user, I find that the UV-82 is an all around better alternative to the UV-5R if you can spend the extra dosh on it

  21. hams talk all kinds of crap about Baofeng but I haven't met one yet who doesn't own at least one

  22. Get the GT-5R. It doesn’t have the transmitting issues the prior model had. Same price. I just got one and I’m hitting local repeaters and hanging a blast. If I stick with it, I’ll upgrade. I think $25 is a no brained to find out if it’s something you want to invest money in down the road.

  23. Yeah, it's a good starter radio, but only get a better antenna, the little one isn't the best, even the little bigger one is better

  24. If you can get to the $200 range, I've been extremely happy with the Ailunce HD1. Up to 10W power, much more memory, DMR, waterproof, and as rugged as they come. I've loved using mine for years and it's always performed awesomely.

  25. I started out in the 90s with a Kenwood TH-21. The Baofeng has a zillion more features, and it costs about a quarter as much.

  26. Baofeng may or may not have sorted out a lot of the problems that gave them such a bad rep over the years, but the fact remains that they're not intuitive to use at all. I've never personally spoken to anyone who owns one and has bothered with learning to program one without hooking it up to their computer and using a computer program like CHIRP to do it. Even when you figure out how to program the information for a local repeater on the radio, I've seen it done, and it's a pretty cumbersome process. Maybe they've improved that, too, I don't know. I've avoided them for years.

  27. I haven’t read the other posts, so forgive me if this is repetition. To me the UV82HP looks more like a serious radio. It too has the later generation software/hardware and arguably better audio As far as tips go, I’m sure others have said it’s illegal to transmit without the correct licence. In the real world, depending on your country, I’d you’re sensible and stick to UHF CB or PM446 etc, you’re most unlikely to have problems. Tip 2. Order the programming cable! Trust me on this point. And use Chirp (free) to program it. Programming from the keypad is the worst experience. Programming from a PC/Linux is easy

  28. I would suggest you to get RETEVIS RT85 or TYT TH-UV88 (they are the same radio, but are better from any Baofeng for almost the same price).

  29. Embrace your inner giga chad. Get a Baofeng and transmit without a license. When people ask for your call sign, just say “no.” When they report you to the FCC rest easy knowing that the FCC doesn’t give a crap about you transmitting without a license. Sad hams everywhere will cry themselves to sleep knowing some random dude is out there doing what took them hundreds of dollars, hours of studying, and multiple exams to do. Sow chaos across the radio waves. Strike fear into the hearts of your enemies. Embrace your legacy.

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