Jamesey1981 wrote:Has anyone tried any of the 8 watt baofeng handhelds?
I've been doing research and think I would like a bf f8hp which is basically an 8 watt uv5r but they seem to be hard to get hold of, but there's also a uv5rtp which appears to be a bf f8hp in a mk1 uv5r case that still has the band button, there's an 8 watt version of the gt3 that's pretty reasonably priced and gets some good reviews but I really don't like the gt3, I don't like the chunky look to it, it's not a deal breaker and if someone was to say they have one and it's great then I would go for it but ideally I'd like one in the uv5r style case, it's that little bit more compact and seems more solid, so if anyone has tried the uv5rtp 8 watt I would be interested to know your opinion.
Final question is will that extra few watts actually make any difference on a handheld with a small antenna?
If it will make a noticeable difference in the real world then I would like the extra power, it could mean the difference between getting my message out or not, but my (uneducated) guess is that it might give a little more clarity at the end of its effective range but in real terms won't make that much difference, I'm not going to be setting up antennas for maximum distance on it, it'll mainly be for emergency contact, and if I'm right about that then I may as well buy a normal uv5r or bf f8 that's cheaper.
Any idea why baofeng have made all their model designations so confusing?
There's absolutely no sense to it at all, first they go for HP for high power, then TP for tri power which seems to be the same, they change to different screens for some models and still use the older ones on newer radios, and then on another new radio they add a band button back on that all the info I can find says won't work with current firmware.
There's also no naming convention across their products that I can fathom at all, it's like they've picked random letters and numbers out of a tin of alphabetti spaghetti and just used them as they came out!
If you're looking at an iPhone 4, 4s and 5 you know which is newest, if you're looking at a uv5r, uv5r+ bf-f8+, uv5ra, or uv5re you have no idea, there are hints, but there's no logical progression to it, you would have to actually know which is which.
It just seems like it would be bad for business to me, it's really hard to order the thing you actually want and actually know if you're looking at the right product and as there's so many cosmetic variants it's really hard to spot a fake.
Not knocking them, they're obviously selling plenty of them, it's just a really weird way to do things!
I have the UV5RTP I haven't had any other though so difficult to compare! I find it's pretty good! At first it seemed really complicated but after some research here is my quick get up and running method!
To start you will need to reset to the factory settings this saves a lot of messing about! One thing that was confusing was that the menu button is also the enter/ confirm button!
1. To reset to factory settings you press the menu key , scroll with your up/down arrows to option 40 (reset all) then follow the instructions to reset
2. Go to menu option 14 to set the language (it may not be in English once you have reset it but it's an easy fix - go to menu, scroll to option 14 then just scroll to your preferred language- press enter (the menu key)
3. To programme in channels press the red button (VFO/MR) until it says "frequency mode" and key in the receiving channel (the little arrow will be on the top line ) press the A/B button and key in the transmitting channel (little arrow on the bottom line ) then press the menu key and scroll to option 27 (store channel) use the up and down arrow to select which channel number you want to save too and press the "enter (the menu key ) and you have the first channel programmed in!
I don't have a licence yet so only listening in until I get to do it but programmed in my local repeater and a few other "local channels" with no issues and hear them loud and clear!
Hope this helps