BaoFeng Update -- I Can Get You Into Ham Radio For 80 Bucks

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Coloradocop: I'm no expert here... just got my call sign for my Technician ticket yesterday. But, I'd totally agree with your estimate on the cost. Here's how it broke down for me: $30 for the ARRL study guide, and I also used a free study app for my phone. $15 to sit for the test. $25 for an imported Baofeng UV-5R radio, and $16 for an upgraded antenna. So, I'm into it for $86, including testing, study materials, and my first radio.

crazy anime fan guy: do you know of any cheep hf radios ?

jacknifedbl: i have had one for over a year still going stong so i got a few more!! the v2+ now has a "working" strength meter!! hopefully i will be upgraded to my extra ticket before the test changes...i had my tech for a bit but then upgraded to general...

Eduardo Gomes Reis: Hi Philip,
Thanks for sharing you experience.
I'm looking for new radios to substitute my Motorala MR350's and Midland GTX1000's walkie-talkie that I've been using on urban trips and trekking. Do you think that these UV-3R's are a good choice?

Mr. Arnold: It should be phrased that you can barely get into ham radio with that amount of money. I just got my license not to long ago, and unless you are lucky enough to live really close to a repeater, you really ain't getting into ham this way.

Guns and Gear Network: Now you can find that radio for as low as $25 to $30. That one radio probably has had done more introduce HAM o new people than any single invention. Thanks for the videos!!

longboy1998: I did it a little bit more $15 for the test $40 for a uv-5r and Nagoya na771 antenna and the $60 for a radio shack htx10 (10meter 25w pep) and a 10m hamstick with mount so in all $115 not a bad deal I though and have had plenty of fun on both

ThePOWERtoRULE: Phil, I appreciate what you do and your attitude. I'm under 30 (still, just barely) and have had a mild curiosity about amateur radio for years, but only recently have started to take the initiative to study for the Technician Class exam. After meeting a few hams that were less than inviting, I encountered somebody who encouraged my interest in the hobby and off I go! Making the hobby friendly and accessible is important to its future, thank you!

Matt childfree: I prefer the yaesu radios because they are so much easier to program and the audio quality is great.

Raven Sky Reid: Awesome Video, I'm on my way. I went backwards but I have my baofeng and now I'm ready to take my test all for $80. So excited to learn my new hobbie. Thanks for such great information.

Keith G: I get asked all the time, "I am interested, but what do I have to do to get involved?" I explain the exam cost, the cost for a new basic HT, and you're in for under $100.00 and in most cases under $75.00. Then I tell them I have a great method for studying the exam in bits so they master small tidbits (10-11 questions) instead of large volumes of questions. Once they complete each section, they'll have mastered the test and then they can go take the test. I used this method and almost aced my exam. I have had 4 people in the last month inquire, but all 4 have not followed through. I try to lead by example and show my enthusiasm for Ham Radio by posting interesting links and such on Facebook. Maybe soon I can get some more people into Ham radio. I love it and could kick myself for not doing this sooner. At 45, I missed out on years of fun!  73! KG1USA, Paso Robles, CA; USN, Ret.

nelson santos: here the license costs $ 70 about 50 euros

after the examination has to be 2 years only listening


Adam R: The Baofeng UV 5R tests at 5 watts, even though it may advertise less. Its a great radio

Mine cost $34, free shipping WITH the USB computer cable (normally $10 more)

My ham technician test cost $15 to take.

So thats only $49 total.

hytlerson: well.. for 50bucks John could better get a baofeng uv-82. 

Aiden Neoculius: very nice video from scott dw1 n2itd  73s

Kevys Rc & Music: cool vid

philip: Thanks, Scotty, and congratulations!

Scotty Ward: Fully agree. I too thought the expense would be too much, but the little Baofeng overcame my "last barrier" to obtaining my amateur license too. I tested for my Technician license (self study) on 9-21-2013, aced the exam, and obtained my call sign (KC3BHQ) on Monday. Unlike other posters here, I've had absolutely zero problems with my UV-5RE Plus, and have programmed some 69 area repeaters and public service frequencies into it. Could not be happier.

Cory Hill: Thanks for the reply. The price point is fantastic, but I would love to see them take QA a lot more serious. Thus, I've been reporting my experience with it online. I think most people have been happy with them. I got a lemon.

philip: Quality control is a problem for everyone. I bought a couple of Vertex radios, and one was totally DOA. I do expect worse QC for Baofengs, and I'm sorry to say you got a bum one. That's the nature of a fifty-buck HT. We've had two for a few years now, and mine is suffering more: Pocket clip is broken and something's come loose and is hanging under the clear plastic that covers the screen. But their radios I'm willing to take to Burning Man and willing to have fail there. We bring back up radios.
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