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HAM HT Baofeng UV-5R

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Overview

The UV-5R family of radios are cheap 4W micro handheld transceivers with reasonably good stock features especially given the price. They can be modified to bypass the on board MCU, which is a write once chip that cannot be modified. The UV-5Rs are software controlled radios (not SDRs) they have hardware filters that prevent the same kinds of band expansion as the UV-3Rs.

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General Info

Modifications

Software

  • CHIRP - a free, open-source tool for programming your amateur radio. (appears to support the UV-5R)

Firmware

Hardware

Recommended Modifications

Notes

Recommended Accessories

  1. Get an antenna-saver-like BNC adapter like this. with a nice wide base. the connection lifecycle of BNC is way way way more than SMA and you can replace the adapter much more easily than the SMA connection in the radio. You can even apply some threadlock(the light duty stuff) to the threaded part and still keep the groundplane continuity because of the wide base on the adapter touching the rim of the SMA socket.
  2. Get a dedicated antenna for the VHF and UHF (or whichever you will use the most). The dedicated antennas will do wonders for performance as the stock antenna is really pretty horrible. If you followed the above then get a BNC terminated antenna and don't worry about adapters for the antennas.

Hardware Versions

There are a large number of internally identical radios with very nonstandardized names in the UV-3R and UV-5R family.

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