A friend gave me an earlier model BaoFeng model UV3R.
What follows applies only to the earlier version I have.
He gave it to me because programming it to make any
functional changes required remembering a very confusing
set of dial rotations and menu selections entries.
It drove him nuts. Even with the manual in hand, some
of the instruction steps make no sense. Some programming
changes are pretty easy to do, most require careful
consulting with the user manual.
As to how well it works....: It seems to have decent
receiver sensitivity on both bands. However, I live
out in the boonies and am not subject to very much
adjacent co-channel problems. Battery life in receive
only mode seems to be good. I have not used the
VHF or UHF TX enough to know how well the battery
holds up. All in all, it is a very tiny and very full
featured little shirt-pocket HT but making programming
changes on it are a real pain. If you do not need to
make routine function changes to the radio, at $40
it is a good bargain, I think....
So far, most of my use for this UV3R is as a test driver for a
325 watt 426.26 MHz solid-state amplifier that I used to use
for my amateur TV station. I no longer have any use
for that amplifier and I have been testing it to make sure
that it works OK before trying to sell it. The little
UV3R drives the amp very nicely to a couple of hundred
watts output on 426.25 MHz.
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