BaoFeng UV-5R 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio
Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz
Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz
128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS
Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby
Item model number: UV-5R
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what would be my best option for one to be mostly used as a police and fire scanner?
If there's even still analog signals in your area, these make terrible scanners when compared to an actual scanner. Even my 90's radio shack one is lightning fast VS a Baofeng. Still neat radios and have lead many into becoming HAMs.
PS. Buy the FTDI programming cable, way less headaches than the 'OEM'
thanks for the reply
Not sure your best option however I think most emergency departments have moved to 'digital' radios so your traditional scanners are becoming less and less useful. I have the UV-5R and it does pick up SOME departments but normally rural departments, probably using older radios. Your best bet for monitoring police / EMS may be a website or app that is directly linked to their public feed. Only issue is the police can and will stop making these transmissions public during certain events. However I do not think there is away around that even with a "scanner" as the digital radios are a closed system.
thanks for the reply
Anyone else notice this ships from Australia at the 18 dollar price point? I get crap from China all the time but would I get hit with duties, import fees, shipping surcharges from 'Oceania?'
Clarifying the Options ...
TLDR: there are better choices, see link below.
It's true that the UV-5R is a great device, and used to be a top choice. It's also true that most "UV-5R" variants (UV-5RA, UV-5R+, etc.) are virtually identical to the UV-5R, with only styling differences. Beware of those if you plan to buy accessories like the extended battery as they don't fit UV-5RA, UV-5R+ and some others.
Also be aware that the UV-5RA/+/etc. radios are not necessarily "newer." Some UV-5R radios have newer firmware than some UV-5RA/+/etc.
The true next generation of this radio is the BF-F8 series, and the true next version (completely new firmware) from Baofeng is the UV-82. Both of those are good choices, in my opinion.
Here's a link to a graphic that compares features of the different versions:
A Better Deal would be this @$30 right now.
It is a later revision and the same internals as the UV-5R+ but with a different case and possibly a metal heat-sink inside (not positive about this on the 5RA).
What makes it a better deal IMHO is that it comes with the headset/mic.
If you are ordering one of these it will be well worth it to order a programming cable with it. Purchase the actual Prolific or FTDI Kenwood 2-prong style programming cables. This radio uses the same 2-pin Kenwood LMR style cable that Wouxun, TYT and many others use. Getting a cable with "Prolific" drivers is important if using on Windows 7 or 8. It will save you from driver problems on Windows.
For .32 cent more you can get this radio through Amazon right now in case you do have any problems requiring a return.
I disagree, the UV5R is a great deal since it also comes with a headset and all accessories fit the UV5R without modification unlike the UV5RA. You are correct about the cable. Even newer then the UV5RA is UV5R-2 or BF-F8+.
The Baofeng UV-5R is definitely the best deal in VHF radios right. I have three of them, and they are all great. There is also some good info and programming guides here: http://UV5R.net
There is not a major difference between the different UV-5R models, so go for the least expensive option. 73s-
Great radio, especially for the price.
But, as suggested by someone else, try to get the UV-5R "Plus", which is the latest build.
Amazon had the "Plus" model for $32.50 on a pre-order until the end of April.
I already had one but I had to order a second one for the wife at the $32.50 price!
Watch for the price to go back down on the "Plus" model.
I use "The Camelizer" in Firefox for price alerts.
"Record low"...... from every single seller on Amazon... This is the normal price...
I've had one for a few weeks. It's a great amateur starter radio, and even if you only use it as a receiver and/or GMRS, it's a fantastic value.
This radio is capable of transmitting on unlicensed frequencies, so use it responsibly. Get a programming cable (read hints on the web about how to install the correct drivers) and CHIRP software, which among other things allows you to set specific channels as receive-only.
Try and order one of the "newer" radios (with the ear-piece), as these have the new firmware.........
Also order the programming cable for this radio.....makes setup a lot easier.........
And if you want to reads/learn more, check out the Users Group on Yahoo for these radios.....
Transmitting on these radios requires an Amateur Radio License. If you are interested in acquiring a amateur radio license, take a look at this website: http://wireless.fcc.gov/services/index.htm?job=licensing&id=amateur
You can transmit on the MURS frequencies without the need for a license.
PLEASE NOTE - not MURS certified.
While an individual does not need to be licensed to use MURS, a device does. This is outlined in the FCC link provided above. The device is required to be FCC certified, and may not transmit over 2 watts - neither requirement is met by this radio.
While I love the idea of amateur radio deals, I can not say this is something I really expect to see on this site.
honestly..the FCC can go pound sand.
as long as an individual isn't doing something to jeopardize the safety of another individual, go ahead and use this..
Go ahead and do that. You risk a very stiff fine and prison by violating FCC laws. No shit. Even licensed HAM operators are subject to rules. Read this story if you still want the FCC to "pound sand" http://www.arrl.org/news/florida-ham-issued-25-000-fine-for-operating-an...
Why not just take the test and get your license?
so whats the story? can you use them in MURS and if so do they need to be programmed?