Baofeng UV-5 RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DT - £30.99 @ Amazon
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Baofeng UV-5 RA Ham Two Way Radio 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DT - £30.99 @ Amazon

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This Baofeng transceiver is a micro-miniature multi band FM transceiver with extensive receive frequency coverage, providing local-area two-way amateur communications along with unmatched monitoring capability. As an upgraded version of UV-5R, the 2013 UV 5RA Two Way Radio comes with more stubborn case, more rich and enhanced features!
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Amazon

Of course, legally you have to be a licenced radio amateur to use one of these.

£2 cheaper than the next seller?

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tfish

£2 cheaper than the next seller?



Plus its forfilled by Amazon.

Its got great reviews!

Great radio got 2 of the earlier models UV-5 R not had look at new model it looks bit different
UV-5 R that I have really great bit of kit very well made you would think would have cost 3 times as much
Lots of settings for radio ham use for repeaters ect and performance wise it spot on and programmable with PC
Can be used as really good PMR radio (not legally though) would think you be ok though
Got mine for about £30 but was ebay china seller so this is great price for UK seller

theworm

Plus its forfilled by Amazon.Its got great reviews!



fulfilled.

ok iv gone for it. you convinced me.

tfish

ok iv gone for it. you convinced me.

And me, not sure what i will do with it though but love gadgets. I assume that this does not cover the old CB band, do they even use CB,s any more?

Think i might get one not used anything like this since my grandads korean war radio in the 80s, is it worth getting the programmable data cable? And do many people talk on these? And canyou talk to cb users? Thanks anyone

You can only transmit (talk) if you hold an amateur radio licence. No licensed operator will talk to you if you don't have a license and valid call sign. You can of course use this to listen to the amateur radio operators while you study for your licence.

See Ofcom for licensing information and the RSGB for exam details.
Edited by: "HotBot" 26th Oct 2013

HotBot

You can only transmit (talk) if you hold an amateur radio licence. No … You can only transmit (talk) if you hold an amateur radio licence. No licences operator will talk to you if you don't have a licence and valid call sign. You can of course use this to listen to the amateur radio operators while you study for your licence.See Ofcom for licensing information and the RSGB for exam details.



Or if you bought 2, then you could speak to whoever you give the second one to?

poisondwarf

Or if you bought 2, then you could speak to whoever you give the second … Or if you bought 2, then you could speak to whoever you give the second one to?


Not legally! Ofcom will confiscate your radio if not correctly licensed!

Many licensed operators take great delight in doing some radio direction finding to help OFCOM locate illegal radio transmissions!

If you need two way radios just get some 446MHz legal units such as this. A pair with charging stand and ear piece for £38

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/81MUG7Y4GnL._SL1500_.jpg
Edited by: "HotBot" 26th Oct 2013

£2 cheaper here, different supplier but still Fulfilled by Amazon.

HotBot

Not legally! Ofcom will confiscate your radio if not correctly licensed!

Just been looking, not very expensive to obtain a licence.

HotBot

Many licensed operators take great delight in doing some radio direction … Many licensed operators take great delight in doing some radio direction finding to help OFCOM locate illegal radio transmissions!If you need two way radios just get some 446MHz legal units such as this. A pair with charging stand and ear piece for £38



Really?
I find that most interesting, and not at all off-putting
I love a challenge!


steviecross

Just been looking, not very expensive to obtain a licence.



Ofcom are really going to put very expensive time and effort into finding a pair of 30 quid, 60 intotal, unlicensed radios?
Somehow, i think not!
The thought that offcom are going to look for me is actually quite laughable.

At that price I probably wouldnt buy a license.
I shall ask the kids on our estate if they have a licence...you can guess their probable reply




Edited by: "poisondwarf" 26th Oct 2013

poisondwarf

Ofcom are really going to put very expensive time and effort into finding … Ofcom are really going to put very expensive time and effort into finding a pair of 30 quid, 60 intotal, unlicensed radios?Somehow, i think not!The thought that offcom are going to look for me is actually quite laughable.At that price I probably wouldnt buy a license.I shall ask the kids on our estate if they have a licence...you can guess their probable reply



You are almost correct, it depends on who complains as to how much effort is put in. If you only use amateur bands then they wont put much effort in. If you use commercial bands then more effort would be put in and if you use military...well they like a challenge as well.

I'm in a weird position, I talk to OFCOM a part of my job, you could say I'm a licensed radio professional, but I am trying to do the RSGB exams and become a Ham operator. I have one of the slightly different models, the UV-5R as does one of my friends who is licensed. Its quite good for listening in and my friend says although it doesn't compare to his £400 hand held, its more than good enough and uses it when he is terrain where dropping the expensive one would make him cry.

Ruzzz

Ofcom are really going to put very expensive time and effort into finding … Ofcom are really going to put very expensive time and effort into finding a pair of 30 quid, 60 intotal, unlicensed radios?Somehow, i think not!The thought that offcom are going to look for me is actually quite laughable.At that price I probably wouldnt buy a license.I shall ask the kids on our estate if they have a licence...you can guess their probable reply



You are almost correct, it depends on who complains as to how much effort is put in. If you only use amateur bands then they wont put much effort in. If you use commercial bands then more effort would be put in and if you use military...well they like a challenge as well.

Totally agree with your comments here. I would expect to be hunted down if I used military bands. Even then it takes time and effort


I'm in a weird position, I talk to OFCOM a part of my job, you could say I'm a licensed radio professional, but I am trying to do the RSGB exams and become a Ham operator. I have one of the slightly different models, the UV-5R as does one of my friends who is licensed. Its quite good for listening in and my friend says although it doesn't compare to his £400 hand held, its more than good enough and uses it when he is terrain where dropping the expensive one would make him cry.

LOL, I take his point

£4 more gets you the plus model on amazon, might be worth it for some.

Bully

£4 more gets you the plus model on amazon, might be worth it for some.



Have you got a link? As i can only see a uv-5r+ not a uv-5ra+ not that i know the difference between the 2 anyway, anyone else know? Lol

So what one but only want to listen not talk, unless this does cb channels

Does this receive the frequencies used for civil aircraft comms ?

Why would you want a difficult to use radio for your kids to play with when you can have a a easy to use pair for less cash? Seems to be some on this site would like to pay more money just to flout the law!

If you buy them with the intention of becoming a licensed operator, by taking the exam and paying the one off license fee, then it makes sense. Otherwise not.

HotBot

Why would you want a difficult to use radio for your kids to play with … Why would you want a difficult to use radio for your kids to play with when you can have a a easy to use pair for less cash? Seems to be some on this site would like to pay more money just to flout the law!If you buy them with the intention of becoming a licensed operator, by taking the exam and paying the one off license fee, then it makes sense. Otherwise not.

Something i have thought about, do people still use these things seriously though now, I know in the 70s / 80s people did along with CB, Nowadays with internet skype and facetime etc is there anyone out there using these?

So what garbage can I receive on this to earwig? I'm only familiar with tetra

Robiow

So what garbage can I receive on this to earwig? I'm only familiar with … So what garbage can I receive on this to earwig? I'm only familiar with tetra



Steady on mr plod

Mr ambulance

Robiow

Mr ambulance



Heh - close.

I wouldn't bother getting one to receive with, it's still unlicensed, go for a scanner instead

Have a look for Uniden Bearcat EZI33 XLT on ebay

Edited by: "money-talks" 27th Oct 2013

well Googling shows my local airport traffic comms at 118mhz, so it looks like it would be no use for plane spotters.

Can you listen to peoples mobile phones on this the NSA are curious.

honestly what is the point of these now when everyone has a mobile phone, unless you're just a nosey **** who likes to listen in...

mrmazz

honestly what is the point of these now when everyone has a mobile phone, … honestly what is the point of these now when everyone has a mobile phone, unless you're just a nosey **** who likes to listen in...



not everywhere has mobile network coverage firstly . also you really don't need an amateur license if your not going to use other people channels and talk with friends etc. had one of these for 5 years plus.

poisondwarf

Or if you bought 2, then you could speak to whoever you give the second … Or if you bought 2, then you could speak to whoever you give the second one to?

HotBot

Many licensed operators take great delight in doing some radio direction … Many licensed operators take great delight in doing some radio direction finding to help OFCOM locate illegal radio transmissions!If you need two way radios just get some 446MHz legal units such as this. A pair with charging stand and ear piece for £38

FF99

Does this receive the frequencies used for civil aircraft comms ?

HotBot

Why would you want a difficult to use radio for your kids to play with … Why would you want a difficult to use radio for your kids to play with when you can have a a easy to use pair for less cash? Seems to be some on this site would like to pay more money just to flout the law!If you buy them with the intention of becoming a licensed operator, by taking the exam and paying the one off license fee, then it makes sense. Otherwise not.

ShineHunter

Can you listen to peoples mobile phones on this the NSA are curious.

mrmazz

honestly what is the point of these now when everyone has a mobile phone, … honestly what is the point of these now when everyone has a mobile phone, unless you're just a nosey **** who likes to listen in...




I bet an FoI request on this would show zero confiscations via Ofcom for almost every year. Confiscations will be via police if user caught for something else too.





I thought most who were into that had now swapped for wandering the streets to find stay cats to have their tackle lopped off.

Its a hand held unit (the radio, not cat's tackle), so unless someone sits it their house with it being a complete plonker, then there is no triangulation if used mobile, and no one to go and chase it fast enough if used from a place you are staying on holiday.



Airband is 108 to 136 with the 2 way stuff between aircraft/ground from 118 to 136, so it fails on two counts as it does not cover those frequencies, and this unit is FM (airband is AM).




Or perhaps the viable 4W transmission power here seems vastly better than the 0.5W of PMR (although I never bothered to read the spec to see if this supports DSC & CTCSS for viable channel sharing).



With old pre digital mobile's you could, but not current mobile ones.

Back in the 80s a member of the royal family was heard to be talking dirty to a woman on a scanned mobile, this of course was denied, with the royal being married, and suddenly all luggage was checked when entering the UK from Germany to confiscate Bild magazine who had ran the "false" story. The amazing coincidence was the wummins name was camilla.



The same apply to PMR, but remember the lesser signal strength.

You go hillwalking, you fall, there's no mobile coverage.

Between cars on non motorway journeys, and outside the UK.

Hotel to pool/beach for free on holiday with no roaming charges. etc (which PMR will do, but 4W is likely to give reasonable coverage in an entire holiday resort).

I am fairly sure the use of mobiles while driving is frequency dependent for a conviction (for use of mobiles), so these are likely to be exempt and legal to use (when safe such as in traffic queues, or waiting at lights).
Edited by: "ibiza" 27th Oct 2013

Also, worth adding, a condition of PMR is the antenna is fixed, so cannot be swapped out for a higher gain version.

This radio has SMA or PL259 connectors, so could be used in cars with a small 1/4 wave magmount (glovebox size), or a 5/8 wave high gain (keep in boot size) which could offer a 20 mile range to a similar set up.
Edited by: "ibiza" 27th Oct 2013

ibiza

Not legally! Ofcom will confiscate your radio if not correctly licensed!


I bet an FoI request on this would show zero confiscations via Ofcom for almost every year. Confiscations will be via police if user caught for something else too.
Totally agree with you here, as i mentioned previously there is zero chance of getting caught using one of these illegally

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I thought most who were into that had now swapped for wandering the streets to find stay cats to have their tackle lopped off.

Its a hand held unit (the radio, not cat's tackle), so unless someone sits it their house with it being a complete plonker, then there is no triangulation if used mobile, and no one to go and chase it fast enough if used from a place you are staying on holiday.

Again, totally agree with you.


I am fairly sure the use of mobiles while driving is frequency dependent for a conviction (for use of mobiles), so these are likely to be exempt and legal to use (when safe such as in traffic queues, or waiting at lights).
You may indeed have a point here. Wagon drivers use their cb radios regularly whilst driving. How many of them do you see being prosecuted for that?
It is illegal even to touch a mobile phone whilst driving but it doesnt appear illegal to use the send/receive mike on a cb radio


I like the fact that they are a 4W handset which should give a better range than legal pmr radios.
I ll check with the local drug runners...not dealers.. on my estate, because they use handhelds rather than mobile phones



Edited by: "poisondwarf" 27th Oct 2013

A quick look points to this being a better bet, although the features seem pretty much the same, but this has a 2/3s larger battery capacity for a tenner more.

amazon.co.uk/Bao…eng

Business frequencies, what is that like cops and stuff?

furbix

Business frequencies, what is that like cops and stuff?



Nooooo
Business frequencies are just that. Specific frequencies that can be used for business and you can buy a licence to use the radios that use that frequency.
Radios that use business frequencies tend to have a longer range than standard pmr radios that do not need a licence.

The chances of getting caught using a business frequency radio without a licence, are pretty low!
Edited by: "poisondwarf" 27th Oct 2013

Done a bit of research on these as I do fancy a go at the Ham licence. Lots of rebadged versions with the only difference being firmware - although there seems to be no firmware/model grid anywhere I can find. Essentially the same radio with minor cosmetic changes. Reviews are generally good for a starter/cheap/mobile unit with an antenna upgrade an often mentioned suggestion.

UV82 still has an 1800mAh battery according to this review
hamgear.wordpress.com/201…82/

Edited by: "steford" 27th Oct 2013

The more I think about people actually getting licences for this the more it seems like sad lonely guys seeking officialdom as a friend.

Even pre 1981 when it was illegal to have a CB without a licence, and there were no mobile phones, no one had a licence.

OK I confess I did pass a test for an aviation radio licence (about 70% of the marks coming from a correct format mayday, but that was an enforced prerequisite for flying.
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