Do you like ham? You don’t have to eat ham to like it because now you can do the Baofeng UV-5R+ Plus.
I’m not paid to make sense so suck it up, Buttercup.
I’m talking about the most awesome ham *radio* ever. Well, it’s definitely the smallest and cheapest ham radio ever.
Leave it to the Chinese to make a good thing cheaper – and add on a flashing LED flashlight to boot. First it was Dim Sum, then Bruce Lee and now, ladies and gentlemen Baofeng.
As is standard with all Chinese products, there are a few flaws that you have to live with as punishment for not paying enough as follows:
- horrific user manual with creative Chinglish
- a bit of overheating
Not too bad, considering my radio and a handful of other accessories came to less than $100 on amazon.ca.
Here is what I gained:
- super small ham radio
- improved sound quality over my 15 year-old beast
- an LED flashlight…. ?
- VHF frequencies (my other one didn’t have it)
As much as I don’t want to admit it nor support it, my experience shopping on the Rainforest-like web shopping site went very well.
I will very likely, in the next little while, put a post together that brings all the Baofeng Wisdom of Ancient China together in one convenient place so keep your eyes out for that .