The radio has the same advantages (good TX audio, good front-end, no rounding down errors when entering frequencies by hand), but there are some differences too.
The LCD of this radio is not of a fancy ‘reverse’ type, but the good ol’ three-color version.
My review sample had an unusual frequency range: 140 – 160 MHz and 430 – 441 MHz. Because my sample came directly from Sainsonic’s head office, I think that this particular radio was originally intended for another region. It’s not really important; if you want a wider range you can set other boundaries by software.
This is what everyone likes about these radios: more power. A standard UV-5R or GT-3 will deliver around 4 Watts on VHF and 3 Watts on UHF. Note: those few extra Watts won’t help you much if you want to extend your range. Range depends for 99% on other factors, such as terrain and antenna height. The battery will drain much faster though.
Measurements @ 145 MHz and 435 MHz respectively:
VHF: 6.3 Watts (Hi), 4.9 Watts (Mid), 1.9 Watts (Low)
UHF: 5.0 Watts (Hi), 4.5 Watts (Mid), 1.4 Watts (Low)
As you can see the difference between Hi and Mid on the UHF band is very small.
Not really impressive; especially on UHF.
Programming with Chirp
The Baofeng GT-3TP can be programmed with Chirp by using the existing support for the BF-F8HP.
The GT-3TP is one of the many ‘triple powers’ on the market. The last one I reviewed was the Intek KT-980HP, and some results are comparable. The Intek did much better on harmonic suppression, but the GT-3TP wins with its receiver and much better antenna.
Bottom line: you will get a nice radio with upgraded chipset, a few Watts more output power, a good antenna and good looks. Buy a spare battery if you intend to use the highest power settings all the time!