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Amazon Deal of The Day - BaoFeng UV-5R Dual Band Two Way Radio 2 pack,+Zastone two- Way Radio Earpiece 2 pack - £23.78 @ Sold by Meisort and Fulfilled by Amazon

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High / Low Power Settings (4W/1W) Programmable Amateur Radio Frequency Range: 65-108 MHz (Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx) 1500mAh Battery; Broadb… Read More
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High / Low Power Settings (4W/1W) Programmable Amateur Radio
Frequency Range: 65-108 MHz (Only commercial FM radio reception) VHF: 136-174 MHz(Rx/Tx). UHF: 400-520 MHz(Rx/Tx)
1500mAh Battery; Broadband (Wide) 25khz / Narrowband (Narrow) 12.5khz Selectable
Customize Channel Names, the Boot Display and More by Using the PC03 FTDI Programming Cable
AUTO Keypad Lock, Dual Band, Dual Display and Dual Standby

Product Description
The BaoFeng UV-5R is a compact hand held transceiver providing 4 watts in the frequency range of 136-174 MHz and 400-480 MHz. It is a compact, economical HT that includes a special VHF receive band from 65 - 108 MHz which includes the regular FM broadcast band. Dual watch and dual reception is supported. You get up to 128 memories. Other features include: selectable wide/narrow, battery save function, DCS/CTCSS encode, key lock and built in flashlight. Selectable frequency steps include: 2.5, 5, 6.25, 10, 12.5 and 25 kHz. RF power may be selected at 4 or 1 watts. This radio comes with an SMA-Female antenna, flexible antenna, BL-5 Li-ion battery (7.4V 1500 mAh), belt clip, wrist strap, AC adapter (8.4V 600ma) and drop-in charging tray. This radio requires the PC03 FTDI programming cable.
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1 Like #1
Wait on it - here it comes... You need a licence to operate these - blah, blah, blah... (_;)

Edited By: paolo on Feb 13, 2017 11:49
#2
Good Find.
#3
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range
1 Like #4
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range


You need a license? :0 please elaborate..
#5
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range


PMR legal power is Half a watt, 500mw, these are way overpowered at 4w to use legally on PMR
#6
I've set mine up for PMR frequencies in U.K./Europe. US and some Asian countries. They work fine. I set the power to 1watt (I know the limit is 500mW but power dissipates quickly over distance). Heat added
#7
cool bought thanks op :D
1 Like #8
Do I actually need these? Apart from walkie talkie's what could I use them for? Just for information purposes obviously...
#9
My 5 year old has been after walkie talkie for sometime is this suitable for kida
#10
argosextra
My 5 year old has been after walkie talkie for sometime is this suitable for kida
Not really
2 Likes #11
leet
Do I actually need these? Apart from walkie talkie's what could I use them for? Just for information purposes obviously...


I defently don't need these but thinking of buying
1 Like #12
chrisjdhuckle
leet
Do I actually need these? Apart from walkie talkie's what could I use them for? Just for information purposes obviously...
I defently don't need these but thinking of buying
Too late for me, already have done. What do I need them for ?
#13
Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family are back @hotel so don't need to buy 2 SIM cards with expensive add ons, I normally have to buy a sim when I go dubai for holidays. And it costs £20 for SIM card for 50min and 50 text messages
#14
Transmitting on these without a lience will probably result in a big fine.
2 Likes #15
silkyskills
Transmitting on these without a lience will probably result in a big fine.

care to show when the last person was fined for using these freq without a license
#16
When you see 5W it's actually 3W and 2W etc.

There is a low setting, but its still much higher than 0.5W.

PMR also requires a fix antenna.

I got a basic 888 recently, and their default channels clash with fire and other services in certain locations.


The real answer is we need more free band access, but that would mean less money, so **** it, 3W PMR, go for it.
1 Like #17
pompey87
Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family are back @hotel so don't need to buy 2 SIM cards with expensive add ons, I normally have to buy a sim when I go dubai for holidays. And it costs £20 for SIM card for 50min and 50 text messages


Regulations vary by country...
#18
MrHot
pompey87
Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family are back @hotel so don't need to buy 2 SIM cards with expensive add ons, I normally have to buy a sim when I go dubai for holidays. And it costs £20 for SIM card for 50min and 50 text messages


Regulations vary by country...


Thank you, would I get questioned if I got pulled over by police and they found this in my car??
#19
This is halfprice. Just ordered two. I am licensed and for the money these are great. Buy a programming cable and download a piece of software called "chirp". Be prepared for driver problems as the cable chips are not legit! A bit of wrangling gets it to work. Excellent deal.
#20
Good price for two.
#21
Do these need the PC03 FTDI programming cable to work?
1 Like #22
Hodgey
I've set mine up for PMR frequencies in U.K./Europe. US and some Asian countries. They work fine. I set the power to 1watt (I know the limit is 500mW but power dissipates quickly over distance). Heat added


I was only doing 140mph officer but the speed decreases really fast over distance.
#23
Sancho
Do these need the PC03 FTDI programming cable to work?


No, they can be setup from the menu, which with the keypad isn't so bad. Some units don't have a keypad and it helps, some don't even have a screen which do need the cable.
#24
Pigsleg
This is halfprice. Just ordered two. I am licensed and for the money these are great. Buy a programming cable and download a piece of software called "chirp". Be prepared for driver problems as the cable chips are not legit! A bit of wrangling gets it to work. Excellent deal.


These problems don't exist under Linux at all.

IIRC chirp provides a livecd/USB you can boot off.
#25
pompey87
MrHot
pompey87
Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family are back @hotel so don't need to buy 2 SIM cards with expensive add ons, I normally have to buy a sim when I go dubai for holidays. And it costs £20 for SIM card for 50min and 50 text messages


Regulations vary by country...


Thank you, would I get questioned if I got pulled over by police and they found this in my car??


Depends on countries, most police won't know/care unless there are complaints, and even then someone else normally does the tracking.
#26
Now £48.99
#27
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range


You could (to stay legal) get a UK Simple License, costs £75 for 5 years and program the radios to only use those frequencies,, (of course you need to make sure the end users stick to those frequencies).
2 Likes #28
pompey87
MrHot
pompey87
Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family are back @hotel so don't need to buy 2 SIM cards with expensive add ons, I normally have to buy a sim when I go dubai for holidays. And it costs £20 for SIM card for 50min and 50 text messages
Regulations vary by country...
Thank you, would I get questioned if I got pulled over by police and they found this in my car??

No they would just taser you until you caught fire. If they found Class A drugs instead they would probably just let you off though.
4 Likes #29
nbgrobbo
Now £48.99

Never seen these before, never considered getting any, didn't need in the slightest for any reason but now ever so slightly gutted that the they have gone.
#30
fireman1
nbgrobbo
Now £48.99

Never seen these before, never considered getting any, didn't need in the slightest for any reason but now ever so slightly gutted that the they have gone.


There are loads about, and they aren't normally 50 quid. If you just want to programme them once and be done, the 888 are similar but need the 2 quid programming cable. UV-3R is similar, and even smaller.
#31
liam_dob
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range
PMR legal power is Half a watt, 500mw, these are way overpowered at 4w to use legally on PMR

I know did they are illegal (stated that clearly in comment) and was aware 500mw limit on PMR also they have to have non removable antenna these dont .But if you stick to PMR channels you should be ok
#32
MrHot
Pigsleg
This is halfprice. Just ordered two. I am licensed and for the money these are great. Buy a programming cable and download a piece of software called "chirp". Be prepared for driver problems as the cable chips are not legit! A bit of wrangling gets it to work. Excellent deal.

These problems don't exist under Linux at all.

IIRC chirp provides a livecd/USB you can boot off.

Thought to problem was between the prolific driver and fake prolific usb to serial chip and not operating system
dont know much about Linux though
#33
gavin1
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range

You could (to stay legal) get a UK Simple License, costs £75 for 5 years and program the radios to only use those frequencies,, (of course you need to make sure the end users stick to those frequencies).

£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams
#34
Mathaeus
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range

You need a license? :0 please elaborate..

Foundation Licence (basic radio Ham Licence) require to take exams as well
#35
0scar222
Mathaeus
0scar222
Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal unless you have HAM license
But just set them up on PMR channels and you should be ok using them
Then they become really good PMR radios 4 watts and ability to use better antenna so very good range

You need a license? :0 please elaborate..

Foundation Licence (basic radio Ham Licence) require to take exams as well


But what crime would you be committing? :/
#36
vulcanproject
pompey87
MrHot
pompey87
Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family are back @hotel so don't need to buy 2 SIM cards with expensive add ons, I normally have to buy a sim when I go dubai for holidays. And it costs £20 for SIM card for 50min and 50 text messages
Regulations vary by country...
Thank you, would I get questioned if I got pulled over by police and they found this in my car??

No they would just taser you until you caught fire. If they found Class A drugs instead they would probably just let you off though.


Lol
1 Like #37
0scar222
£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams

There are no terms of specific hardware set out in the UK simple rules, only (as I said) that you are limited in terms of channels and power. If you program and use the UK Simple channels it is legal. The fact you can enter and transmit on an illegal frequency doesn’t make it illegal, only if someone transmits in any other part of the spectrum than the UK Simple frequencies.

UK simple licences the person or body and their two way radios, if you want to go down the foundation route, every one needs to get a FL and also they need to obey radio ham rules, the same rules on radio use generally don’t apply to UK simple use.

Mathaeus
But what crime would you be committing? :/

Without a UK Simple of Foundation (or better) you’d be breaking Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 at the very least…
#38
gavin1
0scar222
£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams

There are no terms of specific hardware set out in the UK simple rules, only (as I said) that you are limited in terms of channels and power. If you program and use the UK Simple channels it is legal. The fact you can enter and transmit on an illegal frequency doesn’t make it illegal, only if someone transmits in any other part of the spectrum than the UK Simple frequencies.

UK simple licences the person or body and their two way radios, if you want to go down the foundation route, every one needs to get a FL and also they need to obey radio ham rules, the same rules on radio use generally don’t apply to UK simple use.

Mathaeus
But what crime would you be committing? :/

Without a UK Simple of Foundation (or better) you’d be breaking Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 at the very least…


Hate to have to ask this again but.. what CRIME can be committed with this devise? I'm guessing you'd be listening on police frequencies or something? :/
#39
Mathaeus
[quote=gavin1][quote=0scar222] £75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams
There are no terms of
Mathaeus
Hate to have to ask this again but.. what CRIME can be committed with this devise? I'm guessing you'd be listening on police frequencies or something? :/
Sorry didn't realise the question.

Emergency services are pretty much all digital and encrypted. However even transmitting without a licence is illegal with the exception of the predefined PMR446 frequencies and then only on specially made PMR radios. That really means only specially made radios you can't change frequencies es or alter the power output on.
#40
gavin1
0scar222
£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams
There are no terms of specific hardware set out in the UK simple rules, only (as I said) that you are limited in terms of channels and power. If you program and use the UK Simple channels it is legal. The fact you can enter and transmit on an illegal frequency doesn’t make it illegal, only if someone transmits in any other part of the spectrum than the UK Simple frequencies.
UK simple licences the person or body and their two way radios, if you want to go down the foundation route, every one needs to get a FL and also they need to obey radio ham rules, the same rules on radio use generally don’t apply to UK simple use.
Mathaeus
But what crime would you be committing? :/
Without a UK Simple of Foundation (or better) you’d be breaking Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 at the very least…

Thanks for the info always thought UK Simple frequencies were for fixed channel radios bit like PMR
But looking into it cant see any why you cant use these only on UK Simple frequencies legally

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