Baofeng UV-5R: A $30 Beast

I just added a new radio to the stable, and because it was only $30 I bought one for the wife as well. The Baofeng UV-5R series (5R+ pictured) is a substantial bang for your buck.

I do not usually take kindly to cheap imported equipment, especially electronics, but this radio has proven its value to consumers for years. Nearly 5 stars on Amazon, and great reviews on eHam. The UV-5R series is Part 90 certified, dual-band, and easily programmed with free software (I use CHIRP) and an $8 programming cable.

At $30, I have made this my main SAR radio, while retiring the more expensive Yaesu VX-8GR for less punishing outings. $30 is not only cheap, but it also makes it practically disposable which is perfect for SAR abuse.

Don’t forget to check out all the cheap accessories for this series as well, like the $8 two-way radio speaker.

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