Baofeng Radio Reference
compiled by Michael Wright K6MFW
based on recommendations by Larry Carr KE6AGJ
last update 4/24/15
You passed the Ham Cram, got your amateur radio (ham) license, and purchased a Baofeng UV5RA dualband handheld radio.
What next? These are items you should have with first being highest priority:
Item 1. AA battery pack
Hypario (AA-alkaline) Battery Case for Baofeng Uv-5r, $8
There are countless times when radio is needed but its not fully charged. Dont get stuck off air simply because the chargable battery goes dead, and you can get AA size batteries anywhere.
Item 2. A good antenna
This probably will cost same what radio costs but the stock rubber duck antenna delivered with radio usually will not radiate enough and also has very poor reception. If you cant reach other stations, then why have radio in first place.
Important Note: Baofeng radios use reverse SMA, typical antennas are standard SMA and will not mate to radio. Antennas below are designed to mate with the Baofeng.
Nagoya NA-771 (updated) SMA female 15.6" dualband antenna by Two-way radio wholesaler, $13
Comet SMA24J dualband SMA female antenna for Baofeng handhelds w/ 3 year warranty, $30.50
Item 3. SO-239-SMA adapter cable for use with external antennas
SO-239 to SMA adapter cable, $6.50
Very important not the straight fixed adapter but something of a few inches of coax to prevent accidental breaking of antenna connector on radio. Another important aspect is this is a reverse SMA mate to the Baofeng radio.
Item 4. Mag mount roof antenna for your car
Antenna on the roof will give your little handheld a huge boost in coverage like power of a mobile radio.
Dualband Magmount antenna, $22.50
Non-Amazon source but this antenna preferred,
MFJ-1724B 144/440 dualband mobile at $25
Item 5. 12VDC car cigarette lighter adapter
12VDC cig light adapter [couldnt find this on Amazon quickly, maybe it is there]
Thanks to Richard Mogford for finding the following sites.
Easier-to-read User Manuals at Baofeng information site:
Print a hardcopy and have it handy.
Good web site for downloading repeaters in your local area: http://www.repeaterbook.com/index.php?state_id=none
Best way is to use the Proximity option on this page: http://www.repeaterbook.com/repeaters/index.php?state_id=none
You can output the results to CHIRP format. (You may have to create a login.)
Programming CHIRP software:
For those who do not have the radio (or want to get a spare),
Baofeng UV5RA Ham Two Way Radio, $30.35
PDF format of this page (click here)
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