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Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 23 Mar 2017, 18:29
by tetramoo
Hi there

Just purchased a Boafeng UV-5R on eBaY for very little money, I was just wondering what
they are like because for £20+quid they have a lot of decent features/functions. Also are they any good as a scanning receiver and obviously a TX/RX radio also.
On a final note would it be any good connected up to my X-50 externally mounted collinear antenna or is that just plain crazy.
Regards John.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 23 Mar 2017, 18:33
by tetramoo
And can you say connect up to an X-50 2m/70cm external collinear antenna or is that just crazy.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 23 Mar 2017, 18:39
by paulears
You can connect external antennas to them, and for the money they're very good value. The scan speed is a bit naff, so as a scanner with more than a handful of channels in them, you miss a lot. They're a bit prone to strong local signals swamping weak ones, but for the price?

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 23 Mar 2017, 18:53
by tetramoo
Thanks for the info.... Much appreciated.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 23 Mar 2017, 19:12
by ClubbaUK
To connect an external antenna use a fly lead (patch lead) rather than a solid SMA adaptor, a solid adaptor is likely to snap.

I use one similar to this
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/50cm-RG58-Cab ... SwLEtYgK~D

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 24 Mar 2017, 14:14
by radiosification
The performance is not that great but you get what you pay for. For the price it's reasonable considering that it costs so little.
You can connect it to an external antenna but it is easily overloaded by strong signals.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 20:14
by pmr446man
Considering buying one of these, do you reckon it would outperform a Binatone Terrain 750 (in hilly terrain)?

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 31 Mar 2017, 20:41
by LeakyFeeder
Crap on marine band...wasnt right sparkling on 2m either

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 01 Apr 2017, 08:37
by Mitch
pmr446man wrote:Considering buying one of these, do you reckon it would outperform a Binatone Terrain 750 (in hilly terrain)?
In theory yes, they've got about ten times the power output, but in practice they're still line of site and hills will stop the signal usually, especially UHF. They are cheap tho' so could be worth a try, we all need hobbies :D

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 01 Apr 2017, 17:49
by tetramoo
Well haven't had chance to test the Boofung UV5R yet as regards range testing whether it be VHF/UHF. Only really used digital radio modes like MOTOTRBO and Tetra recently. Tetra DMO is **** in built up areas yet had 10+miles line of sight from a less than 1W handheld. Think this UV5R will be easier to program using the USB lead to be honest.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 01 Apr 2017, 17:52
by tetramoo
Only had the radio a few days but from what I've seen already its well worth £20 in my view. Only bought it primarily as a scanning receiver... And having owned radios like the AOR3000 and Icom ICR10 in the past I know it's going to be crap compared to those kind of radio recievers.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 01 Apr 2017, 17:54
by Admiral
Forget any type of scanning on it, 1970 Tandy sets scanned quicker than these. It is what it is, a cheap, small handie to stick in your pocket to have some fun with for less than the price of 40 fags.I still prefer my 2w UV-3Rs to these as they seem more sensitive.

Re: Boafeng UV-5R

Posted: 06 Jul 2017, 17:52
by Farty
Performances is OK. Not brilliant, but then they're cheap as chips. A lot of SAR personnel carry them as back up units because the standard issue Icoms are appalling, yet they cost 11 times as much as the cheapo 5R.

ISIS are big fans of them, judging by the TV report the other day.