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This is a newer and better version then what was posted couple days ago - New Baofeng UV 5RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM 5W Amateur Radio UV-5R Transceiver - 2013 Latest Version with Enhanced Features - 2013 Latest Version; More Stubborn Case, More Rich and Enhanced Features Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz; 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable 128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS; Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz Dual-Band Display, Dual Frequency Display, Dual-Standby; A/B band independent operation Etekcity is the sole distributor of Baofeng New UV 5RA Two Way Radio on Amazon, buy with confidence!
Product Features:
2013 Latest Version; More Stubborn Case, More Rich and Enhanced Features
Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz; 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable
128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS; Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
Dual-Band Display, Dual Frequency Display, Dual-Standby; A/B band independent operation
Etekcity is the sole distributor of Baofeng New UV 5RA Two Way Radio on Amazon, buy with confidence!

Category: Accessories
Caliber: Survival
Brand: BaoFeng
UPC: 608939749535
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Mr. OG Kushls's picture

Why do people insist on

Why do people insist on posting random shitt like this. The website is called slickGUNS.

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why do people keep posting

why do people keep posting ammo deals or knives? this is a shopping site that allows people to post great deals for things that can be related to firearms. in this case communications can be used for hunting. or in just all around communications.

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I just got mine yesterday. I

I just got mine yesterday. I almost got it figured out but not quite. I got the plus for $32.50 after backordering from amazon almost a month ago.

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Buyer beware! I bought one

Buyer beware! I bought one of these two weeks ago from a seller on Amazon. It has a problem with the squelch that makes it unuseable out of the box. I'm told I have to return it to the manufacturer, IN CHINA. Not happy with that.

Otherwise, I find the radio very hard to program. The disk and cable I bought for programming of this radio doesn't work on this model. The models and firmware (not upgradeable) are updated frequently creating confusion as to what cable, drivers and program to use to set up and save your repeater frequencies.

I feel I wasted my money. Your mileage may vary.

Also, this is a HAM radio requiring an Amateur Radio license to operate. It's not a FRS or a GMRS radio. If you're not a HAM you probably won't be able to figure out how to use it or have a use for it.

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You can get a lot of good

You can get a lot of good info here
I have seen several different models, and there are several different programming applications, just try a couple of different versions and you'll get into it. There are lists of FRS frequencies that you can program in that make it easy operate for anyone.

The FCC is probably way to busy selling off spectrum to give a red sh*t about these hand held monsters.

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the fcc isnt too busy. this

the fcc isnt too busy. this radio can be used for frs and gmrs. dont try using these on ham bands. BTW there are several bands that can be used without license open to the public as well.

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Are the 5RE (5R+) better than

Are the 5RE (5R+) better than these?

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gunrunner's picture

The UV-5R is better, IMO.

The UV-5R is better, IMO. This is my post from another deal explaining why.

Great radios for the money. I suggest the plain UV-5R over the "Plus" or 5RA versions. I own a UV-5R and UV-5R+. The UV-5R+ has a sleeker look, but is functionally identical to the original UV-5R (as long as they both have the same firmware). I purchased mine from Amazon in August 2013 and both had the latest 307 firmware. (The firmware cannot be upgraded on either model.)

The reason I suggest the original UV-5R over the UV-5R+ or UV-5RA, besides the better price, is that the original is compatible with the extended battery pack and the "AA" battery pack module. The other models are not. The only 5RA/5R+ "advantage" is shininess, which some would count as a disadvantage.

Be aware that this radio does have a learning curve, but it's not as bad as some say. There's a lot of good info out there. After reading reviews, I avoided the manual entirely and found a few youtube videos to pick up the basics. I'm a Ham n00b (currently training for a Technician license) but I was able to find info on my local repeaters and set them up manually. It's even easier to setup if you use a free app called CHIRP. You just look up the frequencies/offsets for your area and type them into a spreadsheet that can be uploaded to the device. (You will need to purchase the Baofeng USB cable separately, though.)

It is legal to use this as a receiver without a license, but you do need a license to transmit. It seems to me that you could use it to transmit on FRS/MURS frequencies without a license, but I'm far from an expert, so I may not be aware of all the requirements.

This is a great resource:

And this is an easy way to find your local repeaters as well as their current status:

And this is the programming software:

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I just picked up two of these

I just picked up two of these for my SHTF gear. $80 is a small price to pay for maintaining decent communications.

Also, you can BUY, OWN, and USE these radios WITHOUT any licensing, permits, etc. The ONLY thing that is regulated is the BROADCASTING on these frequencies. You can get significant information via HAM when trouble hits, all without concern for violating any laws. It's only when you decide to broadcast that you could find yourself in violation of governing laws.

Also, in most emergency circumstances, while the laws may not be voided or suspended, they are relaxed and the likelihood of any legal repercussions through reasonable use are either negligible or nonexistent. Abuse may certainly get you in legal hot water.

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It's far more important to

It's far more important to note that these radios are capable of disrupting vital emergency communications than to emphasize that you probably won't get caught doing so.

Encouraging non-licensed untrained individuals to buy a transmitter they aren't allow to use is irresponsible. It is a given that the transmit capability will be abused turning the Amateur Bands into another free-for-all like the CB band at the worst possible times, when the bands are being utilized for organized emergency communications.

There are better choices not requiring licensing or training for those that just want the ability to monitor radio communications.

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Better choices for $40? That

Better choices for $40? That also happen to be able to broadcast in emergencies / life-threatening situations?

I bought these to use in that rare, potential disaster scenario. In that situation, I couldn't care less about licensing or possible fines. I care about my family and living.

That is why mine have never been taken out of the box, and may never be, but in the event the above happens I won't hesitate to use them, regardless of perceived consequences or stepping on the toes of sensitive club members.

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gunrunner's picture

If you're going to leave

If you're going to leave these "in the box" until an emergency, without learning how to set them up and use them, you may be in for a shock. Be well prepared, not just well stocked.

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Actually, this was an

Actually, this was an EXCELLENT comment. You're absolutely correct, and I'm glad you made that correction. Once I began to dig a little, and did more research into the operation of these Baofengs, it became readily apparent that you need to know what you're doing, or else these radios are utterly useless. You won't have time in a SHTF or disaster event to get up to speed.

If you buy them, take the time to learn how to USE them *before* you actually need to.

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A LICENSE IS REQUIRED to operate any radio on the Amateur Radio bands as well as GMRS. First off, Please DO NOT LISTEN TO A WORD THAT WAS POSTED BELOW by the uninformed individual claiming knowledge of Amateur Radio and other radio related subjects. The fact that he has referenced a website that deals with Commercial Radio Telephone License Information should say it all. The information from that website deals with Marine and Aircraft Radio Frequencies and Systems that have NOTHING to do with Amateur Radio and other Radio Frequencies that can be used with the BAOFENG Radios mentioned in this thread. In fact, had the individual bothered to research the subject before spouting off with fallacies and inaccurate information, he would know that as of 2013, Amateur Radio licenses are at an all time high with more active Amateur Radio Operators being licensed then at anytime since the inception of the hobby At the close of 2012 there were 710,000 active Amateur Radio licenses. Keep in mind that a license expires after 10 years, so no one can say "Yeah all dead guys!".Sure, there is allot of older HAMS, and we are very happy to have them in our ranks as the knowledge and info those guys bring to the table is invaluable.

The BAOFENG UV-5R radios are manufactured and sold by the Chinese as an Amateur (HAM) Radio. They are also certified by the FCC under Part 90 (Commercial Radio Service also known as Land Mobile Radio Service) which is can also legally be used as Amateur Radio Equipment. They are not FCC certified or approved for use by any other Radio Service,(that would be FRS, GMRS, MURS or VHF Marine ) But because they are not locked down, they are able to be operated on a very wide range of radio frequencies. Different frequencies require different licenses and in some case, no license. BUT, the problem lies in the fact that the radio itself may not be certified for use in one particular frequency or not. An example of this is the FRS radios (Family Radio Service). These radios will work in that Frequency but are not certified for use by the FCC for use in that radio service.So technically, if you were to operate the BAOFENG UV-5R radio on FRS frequencies you would be in violation. Will you get busted doing so, probably not. But I will tell you if you do, and people have, the fines can be extremely high ($10000 or higher with possible jail terms).

Now that being said, ANYONE can purchase and own these radios. That is not disputed. It is the actual usage of these radios where the legalities, rules and regulations come into play.

The best thing for you to do is do your own homework and research. I am a licensed Amateur Radio Operator as well as a person that is very heavily into Emergency Preparedness. How you to chose to use these radios and interpret the governing FCC riules and regulations is up to you. This subject gets debated and argued throughout the "Prepper" and Amateur Radio community on a regular basis. Many feel that once SHTF scenarios occur, or even simple localized emergency's occur, that all rules & regulations go out the window and all bets are off. That is also not the case. The rule that constantly gets misquoted is this, If you find yourself in a situation where someone's life is literally at stake and that you have no other form of communication but a radio that you are not licensed for, you can use that radio to make a call for help. But what it does not mean is that if your community has a weather emergency, you cant just whip out your radios and start asking where the best place to get Gas is or is the local Wal-Mart still open.

Also, a very important thing which must be understood is the operation of these radios on a radio to radio basis. At best, you may be able to talk between two of these radios a few miles. If you were on a flat ground or say on a lake, the distance increases. If one was on the top of a mountain and the other one at the base, the distance increases. But you are not going to grab a set of these radios and start talking 20 miles, it will not happen. But what you will hear about is what Amateurs use which is called a repeater. This is a special radio, usually owned and operated by a Ham Radio Club or a private HAM.These radios listen on one frequency and then retransmit what is hard back out on another frequency,m greatly improving the range of the radio system. These require specific knowledge to use them and if you are not licensed Amateur, you will not be allowed to use them, period.

So please, do your research and then use credible and factual information to decide what will work for you. I would like to say that Amateur Radio is a great and rewarding hobby. The person that is a licensed and educated Amateur Radio Operator that uses his / her equipment ion a regular basis is going to have a much better chance of being able to communicate efficiently in a disaster or SHTF scenario. Not some clown that thinks talking "CB Language" is cool and funny.

For more info on Amateur Radio check out Or, look for local HAM Radio Club in your area. There are plenty of Amateurs that will be glad to answer your questions and better educate you.

I hope this has helped with some of the questions and concerns that I see out there. This may be a long post, but it just touches the subject and does not even cover the whole subject by any means. But I did want to get some informed and credible info out there for you guys n gals.

One more thing. For those looking to buy the Baofeng Radios, I own several. They are remarkably well made radios for the price. They are very popular with the Amateur Radio community which are some tough critics. Many of us are involved with Public Safety and Emergency Groups, FEMA and CERT groups. We will not use a radio that is going to be a piece of junk. While I do have higher end radios then this, I have no issue with carrying a BAOFENG. For the money, you just cannot beat them.

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a licenses is only required

a licenses is only required to BROADCAST on bands that require a license. it does not take one to receive or if porgrammed on bands that are open to non-license users.

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Aim4PigsnJigs's picture

Thanks for the info, as far

Thanks for the info, as far as my earlier comment goes, I was being slightly facetious to the turd that feels if someone doesn't know about something, they don't have a need for it. According to him I guess education itself isn't needed. I figured he was just another basement dweller, with his fingers, pud and radio buttons powdered orange from his chronic cheetos and masturbation habits.

As far as I go, in my first post I originally explained how I knew nothing about the hobby. Not until doing some research did I realize I don't have any interest in bouncing signals of meteors or talking to astronauts in the space station.. I'm sure they have better things to do anyway.

Whats funny is that I actually have my FCC license or the General Radio Operators License w/ Radar endorsement. Scary right? I was told it would look better on my resume next to my A&P as I was preparing my separation from the Air Force. I paid $750 for the course through AESA.

Total waste of money as I haven't used or retained anything I supposedly learned. They basically teach you how to pass the test, it's not like after the 3 day class you're a radio expert, which pretty much makes the certification a joke in the first place. Did the same thing with a fiber optics course. I'm supposedly certified in that as

However. I did understood it was a lifetime license. Either way, I'll be hitting the airwaves and flying the unfriendly skies of FAT HAM radio should the need arise.. Glad to hear I bought such an inexpensive but quality device. Over and out Good Buddy.

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And you buddy up with the

And you buddy up with the person that said what I said, agreed with my point, disagreed with you, and called you an "uninformed individual claiming knowledge of amateur radios."

The contradictions in all your posts are hilarious. You got butt hurt because you think, by saying what I said, I was banning you from googleing info on the subject? LOL... pitiful.

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shooter42's picture

i bought one not knowing how

i bought one not knowing how to use it either, plan on learning at some point. The reason why a lot of people are buying and learning how to use HAM radios are so when the electricity goes out you have a means of communication. Read a good thread on that went over the benefits of knowing how to use one in a SHTF scenario, it allows you to communicate up to tens of miles away and can be a way to find help, coordinate plans and share intel.... Basically in a SHTF scenario, cell phone towers may be busy or shut down like after the Boston bombing. If the electricity is out then this is your one option to communicate over a distance.

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Rexrins's picture

This on is better because it

This on is better because it has the "More Stubborn Case"

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Aim4PigsnJigs's picture

Can anyone explain why I

Can anyone explain why I should own one of these?.. or what to look for when purchasing one?

I don't know anything about HAM radios. What is their main purpose? Do they get military and police transmitions or what?

I'm getting ready to google up some info on them but anyone who uses them or is well versed in the their use feel free to chime in.

I can't be the only one who's curious about these things.

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get a ham license and learn

get a ham license and learn how to use it. its not hard. 8 year olds have passed the tests. encourage your entire family. when the phones go down and your within a couple miles you can still talk to eachother. if your part of a repeater group yu can talk even further

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You need a federal license to

You need a federal license to operate these.

If you do not know their purpose, you do not need it.

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Aim4PigsnJigs's picture

No you don't. There is no

No you don't. There is no legal requirement to be licensed whatsoever to own or operate these radios.

I read how the HAM radio hobby is dying off because of toads like yourself. I read more than a few articles and watched a couple videos describing how the majority of HAM operators are a bunch of whiny overweight and balding basement dwellers who get awl tewwatowial when it comes to their wadio time. Some of them were quite funny.

I bought one anyway. It can't get here fast enough. I can't wait to "play" on it. Trial and error thing. Not to be taken seriously, it's just a hobby/boredom thing for me. I can't wait to say cool radio phrases like:

Got chur ears on? Hello hello hello, is there anybody out there? Permission to buzz the tower? That's a negative Ghostrider. 10-4 Good Buddy. Why does it burn when I pee? Man down, Man down! Over and out.

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You're obviously confusing

You're obviously confusing HAM radio with CB radio.

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The only thing that you can

The only thing that you can do with these without a license is listen. The 2m and 440 bands are for licensed operators only.

Anyone who transmits without a license is subject to a bunch of fines, and trust me, you will be caught. There was a guy who got busted a few weeks ago for keying up a repeater till it timed out. A few local hams found him in a little over 30 minutes.

Ham radio is not dying off, its just that people are too lazy to do the work to get the license.

Toads? look who is talking. You were wrong. Take your medicine and don't call names like a child.

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A couple of local Hams (not

A couple of local Hams (not the fcc!) found him in 30 minutes.. big woop.. did he tell them to f**** off and go back to there security guard jobs?

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no. he didnt tell them to f

no. he didnt tell them to f off. he will get a letter warning him. if he continues he can and will be fined. its no joke.

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sure these are a big deal and

sure these are a big deal and very useful in times of need. hell during a SHTF scenario, if you're still worried about what big brother is going to do instead of protecting your family...that's on you. the best thing to do is learn how to operate this radio, get licensed if you want...or don't and don't let big brother catch you. if you want to play around the billy bob the trucker then go get a CB...but i do recommend having a few HAMs for future situations...but seriously FCC?? now that's funny. i thought the FCC was somehow supposed to scare us all from operating these comms

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sure. and people will know

sure. and people will know about repeater offsets and what channels are most useful? ham isnt hard. but there is allot to know before you can just pick one of these up and use it. it always makes laugh with people just assume these are plug and play.

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this isnt cb. you cannot

this isnt cb. you cannot transmit but can recieve legally with these. ham is not a bunch of overweight basement crawlers. Ham is age ranged from 8 year olds to 100 year olds. the average age is up there in the 50's but everyone should know how to communicate on ham radio if for emergency only.

you do need a licence. getting a tech license is simple even an 8 year old can pass the tests. as long as you keep the license your good to go.

now with the band these broadcast in your looking at a couple miles or so comm range without repeater. get involved and be prepared,

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Haha same here can't wait

Haha same here can't wait breaker breaker ..... What's your 20

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Benman's picture

I thought these were just

I thought these were just fancy Walkie Talkies lol

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