Basically I’ve known all along what was going on, but promised not to publish or share any information before a certain date: February 23, 00.00 UTC. It’s common practice to sign an NDA in such a case, which I did, and something I will always honor to the letter.
Over the course of some e-mails Todd explained what will change and why.
There are some changes coming. Although we do not have intentions of quitting Baofeng, we are moving to partner with another manufacturer closer. I believe you are familiar about them and have posted about them before – their name is ‘AnyTone’. AnyTone has a much larger R&D lab and we already have four models lined up with many modifications we proposed.
So on this note – we are not abandoning Baofeng, but instead are pursuing bringing higher class but affordable models to the market. I hope you will not be upset over this transition – and we have some more details to follow.
During our work with AnyTone we have insured that chip sets cannot be replicated in different cases across US import (we have not negotiated on European markets yet, but will once we solve the logistics.) This not only protects vendors promoting the radios, but also the consumers from confusion. The long story short – a different case will always mean a truly different radio and not just a replication of a two-year old radio.
Two models will be dual certified for USA Part 95 and Part 90, they will have a MURS and a GMRS mode for use (Kenwood made a 90/95 model), but these will be the first models to have 90/95 and amateur usage, making it the most legal flexible radios. These features are mainly for North American users; if you follow prepper (aka survival) blogs this is one of the most heated debates for using Baofeng radios.
- Two radios will have upgradeable firmware – a win for all,
- Two radios will have NOAA weather alerts – a feature for USA customers,
- Two radios are IP53 certified and they were production units, not modified samples for the lab, and rated weatherproof rather than water resistant,
- One radio will be able to cross-band repeat and be a full duplex unit,
- Co-operation with the developers of CHIRP.
|MODEL||The “Annihilator”||The “Instigator”||The “Obliterator”||The “Terminator”|
|ANILE-8R (single band)||NSTIG-8R||OBLTR-8R||TERMN-8R|
|Power Output (watts)||1, 5||1, 5||1, 2, 5||1, 2, 5|
|Wide Band / Narrow Band||25KHz / 12.5KHz||25KHz / 12.5KHz||25KHz / 12.5KHz||25KHz / 12.5KHz|
|Speaker||1 watt (1000mw)||1 watt (1000mw)||1 watt (1000mw)||1 watt (1000mw)|
|Channels||16 Channel||200 Channel||200 Channel||200 Channel|
|Battery||1300 mAH||1800 mAH||2200 mAH||2200 mAH|
|CTCSS / DCS||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|DTMF / ANI||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Stun Kill Feature||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|2 Tone / 5 Tone||YES||YES|
|Pager Function (2 Tone Page)||YES||YES|
|MSG (Private MSG) – 5TONE||YES||YES|
|MSG (Private MSG) – MSK||YES|
|400-480 (Expand to 520)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|FHSS (Frequency Hop)||YES|
|Transmit / Receive Style|
|2 Group VFO||YES||YES|
|Channel Skip on Scan (Select by Display)||YES||YES||YES|
|Normal / Fast Scan||YES||YES|
|Priority Scan||YES( set by programming software)|
|Work Mode: Disable Menus / Frequency by Software||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|NOAA Weather with Alert: 7 pre-programmed NOAA channels, monitor or set for alert (monitor in background while on frequency)||YES||YES|
|MURS MODE – 5 pre-programmed channels. User can only modify CTCSS, DCS (tones)||YES||YES|
|GMRS MODE – 15 pre-programmed simplex GMRS channels, 8 pre-programmed repeater (duplex) GMRS channels. User can only modify CTCSS, DCS (tones)||YES||YES|
|Squelch (Carrier/ Tone)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Squelch Tail Elimination (Program Select 120/180/24)||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Talk Around Function||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Reverse Function (Repeater)||YES||YES||YES|
|Programmable Side Keys||YES||YES||YES||YES|
|Dual PTT (programmable)||YES||YES||YES|
|Black Side Buttons||YES||YES||YES|
|Orange Side Buttons||YES|