Which one? UV-5R vs UV-82 vs GT-3

There are now so many radios build around Baofeng UV-5R circuitry and software that potential buyers don’t know which one to pick. Most questions I get by e-mail are about choosing one of these three Baofeng radios: UV-5R (whatever variety), UV-82 and the new GT-3.

UV-5R-UV-82-GT-3

My personal opinion is: get the Baofeng UV-82.

  • Big, professional looking radio, dual PTT key is located where it should be,
  • Better overall performance thanks to more efficient stock antenna
  • One Watt of extra power output on both bands (5 Watts VHF, 4 Watts UHF),
  • Display located where it should be, doesn’t go dark after long transmissions,
  • Better designed keyboard with the 0 (zero) in the right place,
  • Better RX audio thanks to the bigger enclosure (improved acoustics),
  • No issues with muffled or low TX audio,
  • Battery life as good as the other two contenders.

Issues

  • Poorly designed charger. If you buy a UV-82, be prepared to fix it from the moment you pull it out of the box. It’s an easy job, click here to find out why and how.
  • Front-end just as poor as the other two, which means that the receiver overloads quickly. If you need a better receiver, buy a Baofeng UV-B5/B6.
  • New and/or after-market batteries are often labeled and advertised incorrectly. Whatever the label says or whatever the seller says, the battery is 1800mAh, not 2800mAh.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse

Relying on sources here and elsewhere, I had a hunch that the base charger could be powered from a 9v battery.  I have a 9v attached to a type M barrel connector for an Arduino (another neat bit of kit), so I plugged it into the base unit. The LED went red, as if it had been plugged in to the wallwart.  I dropped the UV-5R into the base, and the LED went out, as if under load.
- A 9-volt battery isn’t much of a power house, huh? -

(Seen on the UV-5R group)

 

 

Icom buys Baofeng

Well, not exactly, but I got your attention, right? Who wants a Baofeng UV-5R which only does a lousy 4/3 Watts at best while you can get an Icom variety which does 10 Watts on both bands? Well?

I think all of this must drive Icom crazy, but I wonder if they can do anything about it.

Icom Fake 01Icom Fake 02Icom Fake 03

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