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Old 03-14-2017, 07:28 AM   #1
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Need some help picking a radio (baofeng uv-5r vs uv-b5)

Hey guys,

I've been trying to decide on which radio to get. I'm picking between Baofeng uv-5r and Baofeng uv-b5. They seem to cost about the same and seem quite similar.

The only thing I see is that the B5 has a channel switching knob, that might be useful when navigating the channels without taking the radio out of the pouch.

Would anyone have any input and help me decide on which one to get?

Thanks a million :)
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Old 03-16-2017, 07:23 AM   #2
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I check few weeks ago about baofeng radios. I found a chart with comparison of the models. I buy an UV-5r. Why? Easy to find parts, some upgrades and accessories and all kind of antennas, as I research, available. Reasons enough for me. Hope I help you.
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Old 03-18-2017, 01:07 PM   #3
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B5 seems to have better receiver. You might want to search There are reviews of both ones.
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Old 03-18-2017, 09:59 PM   #4
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My team and I have been using the uv5-r for over 2 years, totally worth it, we play both CQB and field, cant say much about the b5.
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Old 03-20-2017, 04:55 AM   #5
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Check here and decide for yourself:

I'm using BF-F8+, because of the different display and because I read it has a better something (can't remember what that was) compared to the original UV5R...maybe if you search for that a bit it will pop out.

I'm using the stock antenna and the stock battery and have never had issues with range and/or battery life, even on longer and bigger games (about 24h). For even longer and bigger games you may need to upgrade your antenna (I hear Nagoya are good) and maybe a spare battery depending on your traffic.

Whichever you choose I'd advice to go with UV5R/BF-F8+ or BF-FBHP because they all use UV5R accessories.

In hindsight, I would have bought BF-F8HP because of extended range just for the sake of it, but I think they're also more expensive.
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Old 03-20-2017, 12:54 PM   #6
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Some production batches of the UV-5R have a really annoying firmware bug, that will switch off outgoing transmissions when switching channels if you have the keypress sound disabled. You'll need the turn your radio off and back on after any channel switch (even going from A to B), or keep the keypress sound enabled

Extremely weird bug, and by no means present in all the UV-5R, but if you get one from the bad batches, it's extremely annoying.
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