Been looking at all the Baofeng UV 5R radio's that are out their on the market, and I have to say that it can be a bit bewildering why Baofeng would come out with so many models in such a short time. The Baofeng UV 5R plus seems to be the best out of all of the model that are available.
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The Baofeng UV 5R plus with harder case
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With improvements to the Firmware and a tough outer shell the Baofeng UV 5R plus seems like the best choice, and it is still under $50.00. Product Features Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-479.995 MHz. Upgrade the frame material. Metallic, more durable and more fashionable. With full high two colors LED definition display, the screen exquisite clarity. The new English,German,French instruction, more convenient and more humanized. The New 2013 packing,more beautiful and quite well-done.
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Product Description Features * Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby * Output Power: 4 /1Watts * 128 Channels 50 CTCSS and 104 DCS * Built-in VOX Function * 1750Hz Brust Tone * FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz) * LED Flashlight * Large LCD Display * Hight /Low RF Power Switchable * 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable * Emergency Alert * Low Battery Alert * Battery Saver * Time-out Timer * Keypad Lock * Monitor Channel * Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz * ROGER SET
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·Frequency Range: 65-108MHz (FM Receive only); 136-174 MHz and 400-479.995 MHz(TX/RX) ·Channel No.: 128 ·Frequency Stability: ±2.5ppm ·Antenna: High gain Dual-Band Antenna ·Antenna Impedance: 50 ohm ·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 Specifications ·Output power: 4W / 1W (Max 5W) ·Modulation Mode: 16kWbF3E / 11kWbF3E ·Maximum deviation: <5kHz(Wide) / <2.5kHz(Narrow) ·Spurious Radiation: ·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 Package 1 x UV-5R Plus(VHF136-174MHz / UHF 400-479.995MHz) 1 x 7.4V 1800mAh Li-ion Battery Pack 1 x Antenna 136-174/400-479.995Mhz 1 x Earphone Mic/Headset 1 x Belt Clip 1 x Hand Strap 1 x ENG / GER / FRA Manual 1 x adapter 1 x Desktop Charger (100V ~ 240V) Note: Updated software