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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
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

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; 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.

48 Comments

Wait on it - here it comes... You need a licence to operate these - blah, blah, blah... (_;)
Edited by: "paolo" 13th Feb

Good Find.

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

0scar222

Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal … 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..

0scar222

Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal … 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'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

cool bought thanks op

Do I actually need these? Apart from walkie talkie's what could I use them for? Just for information purposes obviously...

My 5 year old has been after walkie talkie for sometime is this suitable for kida

argosextra

My 5 year old has been after walkie talkie for sometime is this suitable … My 5 year old has been after walkie talkie for sometime is this suitable for kida


Not really

leet

Do I actually need these? Apart from walkie talkie's what could I use … 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

chrisjdhuckle

​I defently don't need these but thinking of buying


Too late for me, already have done. What do I need them for ?

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

Transmitting on these without a lience will probably result in a big fine.

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

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.

pompey87

Could I use these on holiday when I'm going out to get food and family … 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...

MrHot

​Regulations vary by country...



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

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.

Good price for two.

Do these need the PC03 FTDI programming cable to work?

Hodgey

I've set mine up for PMR frequencies in U.K./Europe. US and some Asian … 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.

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.

Pigsleg

This is halfprice. Just ordered two. I am licensed and for the money … 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.

pompey87

Thank you, would I get questioned if I got pulled over by police and they … 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.

Now £48.99

0scar222

Great radios very well made battery's last ages yes they are illegal … 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).

pompey87

Thank you, would I get questioned if I got pulled over by police and they … 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.

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.

fireman1

Never seen these before, never considered getting any, didn't need in the … 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.

liam_dob

PMR legal power is Half a watt, 500mw, these are way overpowered at 4w to … 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

MrHot

​These problems don't exist under Linux at all.IIRC chirp provides a l … ​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

gavin1

You could (to stay legal) get a UK Simple License, costs £75 for 5 years … 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

Mathaeus

You need a license? :0 please elaborate..



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

0scar222

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



But what crime would you be committing?

vulcanproject

No they would just taser you until you caught fire. If they found Class A … 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

0scar222

£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence … £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…

0scar222

£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence … £75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams

Mathaeus

But what crime would you be committing?



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?

Mathaeus

[quote=gavin1][quote=0scar222] £75 Licence does not cover these you need … [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 … 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.

0scar222

£75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence … £75 Licence does not cover these you need at least Foundation Licence (basic HAM licence) only £26.50 but you have to take exams

Mathaeus

But what crime would you be committing?



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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