OK, so I have decided on the model that I want, now should I go with the standard black or pick one of the other colors ? The Baofeng dual band handheld radios are a great bargain for use in the amateur radio service, as well as public service. Although they are not geared specifically for ham radio use, they are more than adequate for that service. Once you have decided on what model to purchase, then next big decision you have to make is what color do you want. Currently the color choices are:
As you can tell, their are several choices to be made when deciding.
Another point of interest would be that not all radio accessories are interchangeable. For instance, the Camouflage battery does not fit well on the standard black UV-5R handheld. The extra coloring adds just enough bulk to the battery that it makes it fit rather tightly.
All the connectors are the same, although some are spaced a little bit differently. The standard handheld speaker microphone that is available fits alittle snug on the Camouflage UV-5R. On my Baofeng BF-F9 it fits rather loosely, and will sometimes fall out. On my UV-5R dual band handheld it fits perfectly.
BaoFeng UV-5R Plus Qualette Two way Radio (Flame Red)
BaoFeng UV-5R BLUE COLOR 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio + Free Earpiece USA
BaoFeng UV-5R YELLOW COLOR 136-174/400-480 MHz Dual-Band DTMF CTCSS DCS FM Ham Two Way Radio + Free Earpiece USA