[chirp_users] UV 5R

Jim Unroe rock.unroe at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 07:54:39 PDT 2021

On Mon, Jul 5, 2021 at 6:46 AM Bennie Potgieter
<potgieterbarends4 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Gooday
> Can any please assist, the UV 5 R, 5 watt or 8 watt?
> Wich one is te best?
> Thank you

The 5 watt models have 2 transmit power levels (High, Low)
The 8 watt models have 3 transmit power levels (High, Mid, Low)

See menu option 2 (TXP)

The 5 watt models usually have model names like UV-5R, BF-F8, GT-3,
etc. Until recently most 8 watt models added a suffix to indicate the
addition of the third TX power level.

UV-5RTP,  GT-3TP, GT-5TP (tri-power)
UV-5R7W (7 watts)
BF-F8HP, UV-82HP (high power)

The Supported Radio Models list on the CHIRP home page generally
indicates which models have 3 TX power levels (8 watts) by adding
"(use BF-F8HP)" or "(use UV-82HP)" to the right of the model name in
the listing.

Many of the 5 watt models come with Baofeng A-5R logo antenna (about
4.8" long and very stiff) which is considered to be a poor performer.
The Baofeng V85 antenna (about 6.6" long and flexible), which comes
stock on the Baofeng UV-82 series and a few of the UV-5R style 8 watt
radios such as the BF-F8HP, is considered a decent performer for a
stock antenna. This doesn't matter if you plan to replace the antenna
with a better performing 3rd party antenna.


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