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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:51:18 AM EST
Lots of people, including me, have found the Baofeng UV-5R to be a good value in a radio. Baofeng has also put out the UV-B5 which is fairly similar to the UV-5R, but with performance equivalent to the more expensive Wouxun KG-UVD1P.

The UV-B5 is a dual band (136 - 174 MHz and 400 - 470 MHz) HT and is available for about $53 (409Shop.com). Instead of the usual flashlight common in many Chinese HTs, it has a rotary encoder. It does not share many accessories with the UV-5R (except for the programming cable and microphone), so if you have invested in additional chargers or battery packs for your UV-5R, you would be starting over with this new form factor. (If a flashlight is a must have, the radio is also available as the UV-B6 which has it.) It also does not have the 2.5 steps and has fewer memories (99) than the UV-5R. Lastly, battery life is being documented as okay, but not great.

However, even given those short-comings, it might be worth a look as the performance is being reported as excellent. The receiver handles intermod extremely well. It appears that Baofeng has made a big jump forward.

Here is a link to my page with some summary, video, and other blog posts about the UV-B6.

Anyone got their hands on one?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E-C3ZAfbRUY/UQl6fMFKHoI/AAAAAAAAClk/-rmtXeGS9_M/s1600/uv-b5_2.JPG

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Posted: 2/1/2013 7:12:45 AM EST
Nice looking radio! I'll have to check it out, but as I had just bought me a UV-5RA at the end of December, I don't really need another HT.........yet!


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Posted: 2/1/2013 7:48:47 AM EST
That looks a lot like the BF-888S I have.

I want to say it's like an 1100mAh battery...
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Posted: 2/1/2013 4:16:24 PM EST
Oh boy, So now I'm thinking this would be a better choice over the 5R + model? Nice writeup btw.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:06:46 PM EST
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Supposed to have much better Front end and stock antenna than the 5r. I ordered one. I have two 5rs which are barely O.K.
I like the rotary knob of the B5 rather than the light on the B6. I guess we will see.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:47:59 PM EST
Originally Posted By TurboniumOxide:
Supposed to have much better Front end and stock antenna than the 5r. I ordered one. I have two 5rs which are barely O.K.
I like the rotary knob of the B5 rather than the light on the B6. I guess we will see.


thanks, I needed to hear that!

btw, I was snooping around on ebay, these look just like a 'blackbox' radio advertised there.........
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:04:40 PM EST
Originally Posted By DancingBear:
Oh boy, So now I'm thinking this would be a better choice over the 5R + model? Nice writeup btw.


Honest opinion from a 5R + owner...just get the normal 5R. Some of the battery packs commonly available for the 5R (3800 mAh) battery for example won't fit on there. Otherwise it's the exact same thing in a different case.

I think I'm gonna have to check out the B5 model.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 9:05:17 PM EST
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Ha... I read your blog and noted that radio last night, and just finished suggesting it as an option in another thread on this forum

If it can do single channel (non simultaneous dual band) operation, has alpha channel tags, and can be locked to a non-front panel programmable mode, it will be a winner once they get the Part 90 certification.

ETA:
Just finished reading the PD0AC review page. 5 character alpha tag, seriously They just can't ever seem to get it all together in the same radio. I may buy one anyway though.

Originally Posted By BrickOLore:
It also does not have the 2.5 steps

PD0AC review says it programs to 2.5 step frequencies I know the spec page doesn't say 2.5 step size, but if it will accept the correct frequency via computer or keypad, it doesn't matter at all to me that you can't scroll a VFO knob on 2.5 steps. The screencap of the programming software shows five decimal places on the frequency and he has a frequency entered that uses them all, so I tend to think it should be ok.
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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:16:04 PM EST
Well,

Yes I have many uv-5r

8 of the latest version...

I checked everything I could...perfect freq, and stable...

Batteries seem to last quite longer than I thought...

Desktop charger works with the radio, or just the battery.

Antenna isn't great but works ok.

Just running with a bit of receive traffic...ran for at least 20 hours...

They also work with all the accessories from my kenwood radios...

Great bargain ,..

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Posted: 2/2/2013 4:50:17 AM EST
Can you listen two/both frequency in the same time like i do with my ic-2820?
I found this particularly interesting when there is a something and you can hear a frequency but you know you are not missing anything on a second one.

Even do, not sure it does exist in the handheld world...
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Posted: 2/6/2013 4:33:04 AM EST
I believe it is just a dual watch function - where it bounces back and forth between your two frequencies. You can only receive/listen to one at a time.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 12:17:45 AM EST
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Ho well...

At this price, i placed an order with a new antenna, the software + cable and the AAA battery adapter. 75$ + free shipping
If it's worth it, it's another solution to have two for redundancy and still the cheaper option.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 8:46:28 AM EST
Well,

I'll say the radios seem to work excellent...

Not easy to program from the radio, but with USB cable...nice...

Chirp has just about every feature in the latest builds...

Worked with them on the bfb297 issue and the bcl issue...both solved...

So, im using chirp 99% now...VIP is not really needed...

My testing, freq is dead on, great audio, decent range, power output is dead on...

I've got 8 in use now...going to order more soon...

Only thing I'd like to see is a 6 or more charging bank...

I figue on having 12 more this summer...

I keep extras on hand and have given several to friends that are hams and they all love them...nice Xmas gift...

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Posted: 2/7/2013 9:25:00 AM EST

Originally Posted By TurboniumOxide:
Supposed to have much better Front end and stock antenna than the 5r. I ordered one. I have two 5rs which are barely O.K.
I like the rotary knob of the B5 rather than the light on the B6. I guess we will see.

The reception of my 5r compared to my Wouxun is horrible. I am extremely disappointed in the 5r. I get better reception with the stock antenna on the W than I do an external vehicle mounted antenna on my 5r.
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Posted: 2/7/2013 6:54:58 PM EST
Well,

I didn't have much differance in the 5r compared to my kenwoods...don't have a mag mount for the ht yet...

Do you have the channel spacing on wide?

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I have 2 of these B5s now, and they are easy to program from the keypad. Great receiver, good stock antenna.

A much better value than the 5R. I love the rotary control. I found the B5 to be perfectly usable where the 5R just wasn't doing the job.

I put the stock B5 antennas on my 5Rs and it improved the receive to usable but not as good as the B5.

I hate the "emergency" button on the B5 though. Definitely get a few before they decide to raise the price. I paid $53 shipped.

ETA: the B5 radio is easily as good as the wouxon I own (the latest high end one KG-UV6X)
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Posted: 3/16/2013 7:37:14 PM EST
Originally Posted By BrickOLore:
Lots of people, including me, have found the Baofeng UV-5R to be a good value in a radio. Baofeng has also put out the UV-B5 which is fairly similar to the UV-5R, but with performance equivalent to the more expensive Wouxun KG-UVD1P.

The UV-B5 is a dual band (136 - 174 MHz and 400 - 470 MHz) HT and is available for about $53 (409Shop.com). Instead of the usual flashlight common in many Chinese HTs, it has a rotary encoder. It does not share many accessories with the UV-5R (except for the programming cable and microphone), so if you have invested in additional chargers or battery packs for your UV-5R, you would be starting over with this new form factor. (If a flashlight is a must have, the radio is also available as the UV-B6 which has it.) It also does not have the 2.5 steps and has fewer memories (99) than the UV-5R. Lastly, battery life is being documented as okay, but not great.

However, even given those short-comings, it might be worth a look as the performance is being reported as excellent. The receiver handles intermod extremely well. It appears that Baofeng has made a big jump forward.

Here is a link to my page with some summary, video, and other blog posts about the UV-B6.

Anyone got their hands on one?

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-E-C3ZAfbRUY/UQl6fMFKHoI/AAAAAAAAClk/-rmtXeGS9_M/s1600/uv-b5_2.JPG

Cheers,
B


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the B6 (flashlight version) is showing on Amazon for $45
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Does the Baofeng UV-B6 have direct keyboard entry and 2.5 channel spacing?
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Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
Does the Baofeng UV-B6 have direct keyboard entry and 2.5 channel spacing?

Don't know why I didn't think of it before, I just downloaded the software for the B5 and tried it out... you don't need a radio to run the software.

It will not accept 2.5 or 7.5kHz incremented frequencies... just those on the 5kHz or 6.25kHz increments.
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I just received the B5 and so far I like it. Got the radio from aliexpress for $43. The only problem that I have so far is the CTCSS does not appear to be working properly on 2m; 440 is OK. With the tone on both receive and transmit, I can't hear the repeater. Not sure what is causing that.
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I just received the B5 and so far I like it. Got the radio from aliexpress for $43. The only problem that I have so far is the CTCSS does not appear to be working properly on 2m; 440 is OK. With the tone on both receive and transmit, I can't hear the repeater. Not sure what is causing that.

Perhaps the 2m repeater isn't transmitting a tone. Is the Tone Mode set to TSQL? If so, try setting the Tone Mode to Tone.
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Does the Baofeng UV-B6 have direct keyboard entry and 2.5 channel spacing?

Don't know why I didn't think of it before, I just downloaded the software for the B5 and tried it out... you don't need a radio to run the software.

It will not accept 2.5 or 7.5kHz incremented frequencies... just those on the 5kHz or 6.25kHz increments.


If I read correctly, you have to be in Narrow Band mode before it will take those.
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Originally Posted By Gamma762:
Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
Does the Baofeng UV-B6 have direct keyboard entry and 2.5 channel spacing?

Don't know why I didn't think of it before, I just downloaded the software for the B5 and tried it out... you don't need a radio to run the software.
It will not accept 2.5 or 7.5kHz incremented frequencies... just those on the 5kHz or 6.25kHz increments.

If I read correctly, you have to be in Narrow Band mode before it will take those.

I just tried that, no luck.

I wish there were any of these lower-cost radios that were reasonably set up for commercial users.
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I got mine and have it mostly programmed.

The CHIRP Beta Build will screw up the Compander and Busy Channel Lock-Out settings(not supported yet and you cannot see them in CHIRP) so you do need the Baofeng software for this radio too. Fortunately, the facotry software is easy to set-up and use once you put the program in english mode.

You can still move files to and from the latest CHIRP Beta but you cannot properly set these two settings.

I used it yesterday on a hike and worked the WhiteTop VA 443.000 machine from about 40 air miles away as well as a few others.
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Originally Posted By Gamma762:
Originally Posted By HeavyMetal:
Originally Posted By Gamma762:
Originally Posted By K9-Bob:
Does the Baofeng UV-B6 have direct keyboard entry and 2.5 channel spacing?

Don't know why I didn't think of it before, I just downloaded the software for the B5 and tried it out... you don't need a radio to run the software.
It will not accept 2.5 or 7.5kHz incremented frequencies... just those on the 5kHz or 6.25kHz increments.

If I read correctly, you have to be in Narrow Band mode before it will take those.

I just tried that, no luck.

I wish there were any of these lower-cost radios that were reasonably set up for commercial users.


the UV 5RA will do 2.5kHz and is part 90 accepted. it is only programmable via USB though. it is $50 on amazon.
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