Ham RadioI did not expect to be buying a BaoFeng Dual band UV-5R Transceiver today, but I just placed the order on Amazon, thanks to a tip from Roberta X. In her post, I learned that this hand-held radio could be purchased for around $40.

My amateur radio license is still valid and has been since 1957 (I know, I’m old). As a life member of the American Radio Relay League, I get my copy of their publication, QST, every month. I look at the ads and look at the shiny new radio stuff, but I failed to notice this little rig. For that price, I decided to get it for emergencies and maybe a contact or two.

I used to be quite active in the hobby, having served a couple of years as ARRL Section Manager for LAX, but I got burned out with all the politics and infighting. About fifteen years ago, we had the roof replaced on the house and I disconnected the cables and never got around to hooking the stuff back up.

Here’s the features of the UV-5R:

* Frequency Range: 136-174 / 400-480MHz
* Dual-Band Display, Dual Freq. Display, Dual-Standby
* Output Power: 4 /1Watts
* 128 Channels
* 50 CTCSS and 104 CDCSS
* Built-in VOX Function
* 1750Hz Burst Tone
* FM Radio (65.0MHz-108.0MHz)
* LED Flashlight
* Large LCD Display
* High/Low RF Power Switchable
* 25KHz/12.5KHz Switchable
* Emergency Alert
* Low Battery Alert
* Battery Saver
* Time-out Timer
* Keypad Lock
* Monitor Channel
* Channel Step: 2.5/5/6.25/10/12.5/25KHz

1 x UV-5R (VHF136-174 UHF 400-480Mhz)
1 x 7.4V 1800mah Li-ion Battery Pack
1 x Antenna 400-480Mhz
1 x Belt Clip
1 x ENG Manual
1 x Desktop Charger ( 100V ~ 240V )
1 x Earpiece

The radio has an interface for the computer, so I guess that I will be able to program it with my custom settings. It will be interesting . . .