Too many things under review: bunch of switching power supplies, TYT digtal radios, Baofeng GT-3 Mark II, and a new QYT dual-band mobile. Because some things require more preparation or research (= time), it’s not always possible to publish articles in the same order as the stuff arrives.
Back to the Baofeng GT-3 Mark II, which is a project of a company called Sainsonic. Their goal was to improve the original UV-5R design to something worthy boasting about. The first GT-3 didn’t really impress me – too much UV-5R behavior survived in that model, up to the sub-par antenna. The Mark II is a different story.
I finished the field tests. The Baofeng GT-3 Mark II solves a number of flaws present in the early model, while preventing the introduction of new problems such as the ‘beep’ bug found the the latest UV-5R models.
So far I found out that:
- The new stock antenna is a major improvement over the short UV-5R antenna
- The quality of the front-end improved
- TX audio is so good that it’s almost indistinguishable from a good mobile radio
- There’s no ’rounding down’ bug anymore when entering frequencies by hand
If there are no nasty surprises regarding output, sensitivity and harmonic suppression, the Baofeng GT-3 Mark II might well be the best Baofeng to date. Back to the shack, where I will dissect the thing further.