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Baofeng Hand Held 2-Way Radios

The following video is a detailed look at the Baofeng BF-F8HP dual band portable two-way radio. Topics covered in this video include an overview of features, comparison with the UV-5R, software programming (CHIRP and OEM), range discussion and more. I will be uploaded a follow up video in around 1 year after more thorough field testing has been performed in various environments to help identify potential issues not initially discovered during my preliminary testing and research.


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  1. Tri-Power Levels (1, 4, 8 watt)
  2. Large 2000mAh Battery (30% Larger)
  3. New 76 Page In-Depth User's Guide
  4. Includes the High Gain V-85 Antenna to Optimize Performance
  5. Full Accessory Compatibility with ALL UV-5R and BF-F8HP access DOWNLOAD PROGRAMMING SOFTWARE:

DMR Range Test Part 1 of 3 – Baofeng DM-5R

This is the first of a series of 3 videos. In the series I am doing a range test of three different DMR radios from two locations. One location is 11km away and the other almost 19km away. In this video, I am testing the range of the Baofeng DM-5R.

The Retevis RT3 receiving in my shack was sent to me by Retevis. You can get the radio from here (affiliate) Don't forget to use the coupon code "HamRadioReviewsRT" that will get you $15 off.

You can get these radios below.

Retevis RT3 (affiliate):
Baofeng DM-5R Plus (affiliate):

Retevis RT3 (affiliate):
Baofeng DM-5R Plus (affiliate):

More info and images of the distance here:

HAM Radio Basics- HAM 101

Links mentioned in this video- The Baofeng UV-5R ( and a $15 license is all it takes to get started. Check out our article on how to get your HAM radio license in 7 days- This ARRL HAM Radio License Manual is also a good resource- A solar backup is a great way to ensure you always have communications, check out our solar series on how to do this here- Mobile Radios are a great way to communicate locally (mounted in a fixed location). In the video, I talked about Cross-Band Repeat using the Kenwood TM-V71A ( and showed you the Comet GP-3 antenna ( For fixed locations, you will also need a power supply ( HF Communications lets you talk to the world. In this video you saw the Icom IC-7200..well, this video is a few years old now, so the Icom IC-7300 has taken its place: You will also need an antenna tuner (, power supply (, and an antenna ( If you just want to get on the air with little hassle, they've begun offering packages like this one with the Icom-718 with power supply, antenna, headset, foot switch, and cabling: