Muddying the waters: Pofung

Baofeng-Pofung

BF-9500Pofung? A new name, but don’t expect anything interesting to happen. From what I could find all Pofung radios are identical to the ones we already know. The name was spotted by Craig N7LB on the Baofeng website.

What Baofeng can do now – and already does – is re-branding products from other manufacturers. One of these products is a mono-band mobile transceiver we all know to be manufactured by Anytone, the AT-588.

In my opinion all of this is only muddying the waters even further, which is the last thing we want.

Baofeng DA-77: Dual-band DMR radio

Baofeng DA-77Jason KC5HWB, Joop PA2JM, Carel PA3EHA and I had some pre-production pictures of this radio for quite a while, but some preliminary specs are now public.

The good
The most interesting fact is that the Baofeng DA-77 is a dual-band radio, something which didn’t exist so far. The second most interesting fact is the expected price point: $129,00.

The bad
Things bothering me a bit: only 160 memory positions and a meager 50 zones. Enough for professional use, but compared to the Connect Systems CS-700 (250 zones of 16 channels each) it’s far from impressive.

The ugly
The shell is identical to that of the UV-82, something I don’t like either. I do understand the decision though; re-using existing shells is much more cost effective than designing a new one. Another advantage is that accessories such as batteries are interchangeable.

Both Jason KC5HWB (Grapevine Ham Radio) and me are on Baofeng’s list for getting a review sample. To be honest I hope Jason gets one first, as he’s much more knowledgeable in this area than I am. Keep an eye on his blog.

Specifications

Dual-band, dual standby, mixed mode (DMR/FM) possible
– VOX
– CTCSS / DCS
– PC Programming
– FM
– Flashlight
– Single, group and general call
– Kill, Stun and revive
– Monitor, remote control
– Scanning
– Power saving
– Noise suppression function
– Manual dialing and storage dialing
– SMS
– AMBE+2TM vocoder

Frequency Range: VHF:136-174MHz AND 400-470MHz
– Memory channels: 160
– Zones: 50
– Operating Voltage: 7.4V
– Battery Capacity: 1800mAh
– Battery Average Working Time(5/5/90): 16 hours
– Frequency Stability: ±1.5ppm
– Antenna Impedance: 50Ω

- Power Output: 5/1 Watt (VHF), 4/1 Watt (UHF)
– Spurious Emission: – 36dBm1GHz/ – 30dBm≥1GHz
– Vocoder: AMBE+2TM

- Receiver Sensitivity: Digital 5%BER ≤0.3µV Analog ≤0.35µV
– Audio Distortion: <3%
– Conducted Radiation: –57dBm

STANDARD PACKAGE:

1. Baofeng DA-77 DMR Two-Way Transceiver
2. Dual-band Antenna
3. 110-240V Desktop Charger
4. Belt clip
5. User Manual
6. 1800mAh batterypack

Baofeng Bluetooth Adapter

It looks like the accessories for Baofeng radios just got a bit more interesting — but it comes with a *very* hefty price tag.

When you can easily buy two UV-5R radios for the price of this adapter, it might be wise to pass on this gadget until the price goes down to a more reasonable level.

Baofeng BlueTooth

  • Genuine BaoFeng Tech Bluetooth Dongle (Only Sold by BaofengTech – insure BaofengTech is your selected distributor to guarantee accuracy in receiving what is described)
  • Easy pairing process. Stores paired connection to the wireless headset even if the Radio is powered off or adapter is removed from the two-way radio.
  • No time delay on either Transmit or Received Audio messages
  • Several Push-To-Talk options: use the PTT button on the BaoFeng Tech bluetooth adapter to initiate transmissions or just use your PTT right on your radio
  • Compatible with thousands of readily available Bluetooth headsets and other audio accessories. (audio accessories not included)

Price: $84.99, seen on Amazon.com.

Intek KT-980HP: The Power Baofeng

KT-980-1You could call it a Baofeng UV-5R with a punch: the Intek KT-980HP. Rated at 8 Watts output on VHF and 7 Watts on UHF this is arguably the most powerful dual-band HT on the market.

This new radio has been developed by and produced exclusively for Intek. The radio has a newly designed die-cast aluminum front panel, new transmitter circuit design using the powerful RQA0011DNS Silicon N-Channel RF power MOSFET semiconductor. Transmitter power is adjustable at three levels (high / mid / low).

Specifications :

Frequency range VHF: 144-146 MHz (136-174 MHz)
Frequency range UHF: 430-440 MHz (400-470 MHz)
TX power VHF: (8W High, 4W Mid, 1W Low)
TX power UHF: (7W High, 4W Mid, 1W Low) (*)
128 Memory channels
Back lighted LCD Display with selectable color
Dual Band, Dual Frequency, Dual Display
Digital Battery Meter / Digital S/RF Meter
CALL / TOT (Time-Out-Timer) / LOCK
Dial multi-function knob
Multi Scan : Channels, CTCSS, DCS
VOX / Dual Watch / Roger Beep / Emergency Alarm / SOS
1750 Hz Repeater Tone / Shift Repeater / Repeater Sound Response
DTMF Signaling / PTT ID
Steps 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25 KHz
Adjustable Squelch Level / Selectable RF Power (Hi-Mid-Low)
50 CTCSS / 106 DCS tones
Selectable Wide/Narrow mode
Busy Channel Lockout / Offset / Emergency Alarm
FM Radio 88-108 MHz
Battery Save / Tail Tone Elimination
PC programmable (with optional PC cable)
Dual band SMA antenna
Dimensions mm 58(L) x 110(H) x 32(D)
Weight 205 gr.

(*) Maximum transmitter output power in the Amateur Radio bands.

Measurements

Intek VHFIntek UHF
Suggested retail price in the Netherlands: € 70, seen for € 65,99 at Digvoshop.nl