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The new BaoFeng UV-5RA Dual-band ham radio transceiver.

Just when the stranglehold of the big three (Icom/Kenwood/Yaesu) had just about choked the life out of ham radio, a new kid on the block from China has stepped up to the plate, making Amateur radio affordable for newcomers as well as old timers alike with the BaoFeng uv-5r dual band 2 way radio in black.

The BaoFeng UV-5Ra amateur radio is a basic handheld that is usable on the 2M and 70cm radio bands. It has open transmit/Receive from 136-174MHZ and 400-480HZ so it technically COULD be used on the other radio services withing those frequency ranges, like FRS/GMRS. Using it for those services would be in violation of F.C.C. rules and regulations.

The Baofeng UV-5R Plus
The Baofeng UV-5R Plus offers stylish new packaging.

Product Description

This BAOFENG UV-5RA transceiver is a micro-miniature multiband FM transceiver with extensive receive frequency coverage, providing local-area two-way amateur communications along with unmatched monitoring capability.
Frequency Range: 65-108MHz(FM Receive only) 136-174MHZ and 400-480HZ (TX/RX)
Channel No.: 128
Frequency Stability: ±2.5ppm
Antenna: High gain Dual Band antenna
Antenna Impedance: 50?
Operating Voltage: DC 7.4V
Mode of operation: Simple or semi-duplex
Dimension (W x H x D): 100 x 52 x 32 mm
Weight: 250g (including battery, antenna)
Transmitter Output power: 4W / 1W (Max 5W)
Modulation Mode: 16k?F3E / 11k?F3E
Maximum deviation: <5kHz(Wide) / <2.5kHz(Narrow)
Spurious Radiation: <7?W
Adjacent Ch. power: <=-65dB(Wide) / <=-60dB(Narrow)
Pre-emphasis characteristics: 6dB
Current: <=1.6A(5W)
CTCSS/DCS deviation: 0.5±0.1kHz(Wide) / 0.3±0.1kHz(Narrow)
Intermediation sensitivity: 8-12mv
Intermediation distortion: <10%

The BaoFeng UV-5RA includes a nifty desktop charger as well as a dual band antenna.

You can also avoid the expensive shipping costs if you order it through Amazon.

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