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  • Top Handheld Radio

    posted by RoboW on 04/16/2014
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Cheap, robust, easy to use

    Headset jack with same contacts like kenwood, so many accesories are working

    small: fits in pocket of my jacket
    has a Numpad! Big advantage to Radios like UV-3R

    Hard Button for on/off, cannot turn on accidentally in pocket (like UV-3R..)

    this is the third version of UV-5R, here is the design really nice compared to previous models (same name!)

    Battery runtime is amazing!

    Cons:

    Configuring repeater stations with different in and out frequencies is a bit confusing. I recommend to do this via programming cable, otherwise you need much time and steady nerves

    I don't know, why they put a led on top of the radio. Brightness is just ok, but the most of the light shines only on the antenna...

    OtherThoughts:

    The case doesn't have exactly the same size as the previous UV-5.. models, so some accessories like the extended battery or the outdoor case doesn't fit perfectly.

    Bottomline:

    Good choice as a handheld radio for everyday use

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