Baofeng UV-B5 / UV-B6 additional notes
I couldn’t comment on this at first due to the necessary three deplete/charge cycles. The battery life of the Baofeng UV-B5 is reasonable, but not as good as my UV-5R. I can use the UV-B5 for about one day, after which I need to change or recharge the battery. The UV-5R standard battery (rated 1800mAH) lives about two days. Either the 2000mAH is a bit on the optimistic side, or the UV-B5 is a real energy sucker.
Buying a spare battery seems to be a good idea, just like with the Wouxun KG-UVD1P. I have some spare batteries for the UV-B5 on order; let’s see if they’re any better.
Belt Clip screws
Baofeng listened: the latest batches of UV-B5 radios are now equipped with screws of sufficient length.
Normally I don’t review the FM radio section of these cheap HTs, because I don’t care. Naturally at some point in time I start to play around with them. Before posting my findings, I cross-checked with both Carel PA3EHA and Bob K0NR (if you don’t follow his blog already: you really should).
Problem 1: scanning the FM band works fine. When it stops on one of my favorite stations, I can add it the memory system. So far so good. When I recall an FM station however, I often hear hiss and noise instead of the stored station. Pressing the Menu button twice clears up things. Very odd.
Problem 2: when tuning the FM band manually, the UV-B5 is unwilling to leave the initial frequency. It is as if there’s an AFC system built in with the the determination of a Pit bull. Pressing the FM button twice clears up the situation.
These findings do not in any way change my opinion about this radio as expressed in my review, but Baofeng should fix it nonetheless.