Universal Radio has a concise summary of the BFS. It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them. A little tedious, but only required once. Stick to the Motorola Talkabout series, just don’t claim ignorance of FCC regulations if you happen to broadcast on high power on FRS channels 1 through 7. When installing the clip, do so without the battery inserted so you don’t have to fight the spring. Everything is prone to break over time.
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Once programmed identically, there’s no settings for the user to mess with beyond the channel selection. It supports a growing list of radios across several manufacturers and allows transferring of memory contents between them.
If you’ve got a license for business use in the MHz spectrum, there’s all sorts of uses for these. Given the low cost of the Baofeng BFS, the build quality is still more than generous. If 888z consistently seeing “radio refused to enter programming mode” errors from CHIRP there’s a good chance your cable has a counterfeit Prolific chip.
The exceptionally economical Chinese market miracle of the Baofeng BF is a great bargain for 2 meters, but with the following modification puts this HT into the unbelievable category xhipset a three band HT needing only proper resonant antenna consideration to accommodate this broad band modification.
Six radios, chupset channels each, that’s 96 channels to check. If you’re licensed by the FCC for business usage within the MHz spectrum, these serve as excellent backups. GMRS transmitters generally transmit at higher power levels than is allowed in the FRS and may have detachable antennas. I was all set to write a review of the Baofeng BFS two-way radiobut then I found a much more thorough Amazon review, more detailed than I ever could have hoped to write. When installing the clip, do so without the battery inserted so you don’t have to fight the spring.
Short a few scuffs, it’s like nothing happened.
Even with moderately heavy chatter you can easily get a full day’s worth out of each mAh lithium-ion battery. Easy to use improperly Mentioned in the Amazon reviewbut worth reiterating: I’m not an expert in the field, but I can say the flexibility of programmable radios could be a potential source of trouble for the consumer and a factor to consider when evaluating new gear.
Excellent battery life There is an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain.
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For the low cost, it’s a suprisingly dense hunk of molded plastic. A piece of gaff tape across the 88s keeps the battery engaged and otherwise the radio is still perfectly functional.
Provides This Complementary Information. A little shady, perhaps. In an attempt to be a model citizen, I did a bit of reading on the Personal Radio Services before programming the radios, but I found the FCC regulations difficult to navigate.
We were provided a set of these radios with a commercial equipment rental, to ease conversation between a few groups of remote operators where line of sight wasn’t possible. The emphasis on with a little work is mine. Baofeng provides programming software for Windows, which I didn’t cnipset to deal with.
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This just happens to be one of those items. The back plate of the Baofeng BFS includes the following details:. If you’d prefer to skip the programming and have walkie talkies that work out of the box, Baofeng isn’t for you.
Over the course of a few months, they haven’t let us down. The Good News There’s a lot to like about these radios. CMIIT reports far more limited capabilities. A little tedious, but only required once. There is an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain. Getting the Python application running on OSX wasn’t too bad, nor was creating a template file to use for all the radios, but I found that CHIRP wouldn’t release the serial port after programming each radio.
Once you’re done, you’ll want to verify operation of every channel with a scanner.