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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.

BAOFENG PRODUCT LINK: baofengtech.com/bf-f8hp

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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: baofengtech.com/bf-f8hp

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 Retevis.com here (affiliate) bit.ly/2eaCO3g. Don't forget to use the coupon code "HamRadioReviewsRT" that will get you $15 off.

You can get these radios below.

Retevis RT3 (affiliate): amzn.to/2hTym6e
Baofeng DM-5R Plus (affiliate): amzn.to/2h9XcQD

Retevis RT3 (affiliate): amzn.to/2hTx9MB
Baofeng DM-5R Plus (affiliate): amzn.to/2hVbFkB

More info and images of the distance here: wp.me/p800qu-do

HAM Radio Basics- HAM 101

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