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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #120 on: March 07, 2015, 10:17:11 AM »
My cradle charger for my uv-5r quit charging my batteries...anybody else have this problem?
I ordered one from Amazon for $8.99, 2 is 1, 1 is none :facepalm:

Ill take it apart and test voltage input and output maybe see and fix something that is obviously broke.

Also, I don't think it's the battery because I have 2, I could put either in the cradle and not get a green light.

Check out erratic charger behavior at this link:(Wall wart is just a 12 volt Pos to center that fits the charge stand...all the smart stuff is in the stand.

http://www.miklor.com/COM/UV_Technical.php#charger
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #121 on: March 07, 2015, 10:45:06 AM »
thanks Carl

I take it apart tonight and try that.

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #122 on: March 07, 2015, 10:51:45 AM »
You would,I think, be better served by building a cable that put THREE of your USB charger packs in series to have the nearly 12 volts to run the stand charger (because it has the charge regulator in it)or maybe TWO packs in series to directly charge the two batteries in the UV5R.Don't let me stop your experiment but charging a battery from a battery is not very efficient to begin with.

Actually The -5R cradle has an input of 12VDC...Check the wall socket/converter specs.
So what one is need is the particular DC connector, some cable and a 12v sigarette lighter plug

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #123 on: June 27, 2015, 10:20:22 PM »
Received this after a query to Baofengtech

If you purchase directly through the BaoFeng Tech store on Amazon.com (http://www.amazon.com/s?marketplaceID=ATVPDKIKX0DER&me=AA3MGRC7F9EI2&merchant=AA3MGRC7F9EI2&redirect=true) you will receive a full one year warranty supported through us.
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #125 on: September 12, 2015, 03:47:34 PM »
I wonder...are there -5R variants that are waterprof?

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #126 on: September 13, 2015, 04:50:31 PM »
I have 3 and sure like them.

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #127 on: September 13, 2015, 05:05:34 PM »
I wonder...are there -5R variants that are waterprof?

I don't know for sure ,but look here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug111D1xx0U
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #128 on: September 13, 2015, 07:38:19 PM »
I don't know for sure ,but look here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ug111D1xx0U
Meanwhile, this just in from the Getting to the Point Department: Skip to the 5 minute mark. ;D

ps: I hear that the guy's American cousin will test the UV-5X's resistance to a 50 BMG sometime soon.

I swear, there are times it seems like "Baofeng" is Cantonese for "hot mess."

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #129 on: September 14, 2015, 12:11:26 AM »
well this is one interesting option...next to the GT-3 and at the same price.
The wining factor will be accessories compatibility.

Tomorrow I will loaning my -5R...I would NOt do this for my Kenwwod. replacing a 30dollar radio is so easy!

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #130 on: September 14, 2015, 12:27:37 AM »
Meanwhile, this just in from the Getting to the Point Department: Skip to the 5 minute mark. ;D

yes but it makes no sense doing any test without knowing the proper waterproofness ratings.
Skiping at 13:30 one will find the explanation.
in example the GT-3 is IP55 rated.
which means
(5) Dust protected
(5) Water projected by a nozzle (6.3 mm) against enclosure from any direction shall have no harmful effects.
Water immersion rating is scale 7 and more
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IP_Code

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #131 on: October 06, 2015, 05:14:32 AM »
Today's issue of Survival Blog has a short article on making 'fengs more practical and tactical by turning off the lights, beeps, etc.: http://survivalblog.com/letter-getting-practical-and-tactical-with-baofeng-hand-helds-by-wrangler/

Not that I'd trust my life to a Baofeng, but if push came to shove I'd rather have one running in stealth mode.

I swear, there are times it seems like "Baofeng" is Cantonese for "hot mess."

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #132 on: October 06, 2015, 06:52:03 AM »
So I have a UV-5R that doesn't transmit voice. When I hit the PTT it breaks squelch in simplex and ker-chunks the repeater in that mode, but my voice is not being transmitted.  I am fiddling with the setting to see if I somehow muted the internal mic.

Anyone else have a similar issue? I am still in business since I have three of the things.
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #133 on: October 06, 2015, 06:57:46 AM »
So I have a UV-5R that doesn't transmit voice. When I hit the PTT it breaks squelch in simplex and ker-chunks the repeater in that mode, but my voice is not being transmitted.  I am fiddling with the setting to see if I somehow muted the internal mic.

Anyone else have a similar issue? I am still in business since I have three of the things.

Often the 'disconnect' on the mic plug failure can do this,have you tried an external mic?
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #134 on: October 06, 2015, 07:18:45 AM »
Often the 'disconnect' on the mic plug failure can do this,have you tried an external mic?
I will now  :D
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #135 on: October 06, 2015, 01:29:02 PM »
Often the 'disconnect' on the mic plug failure can do this,have you tried an external mic?

this happened to me

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #136 on: October 06, 2015, 03:27:56 PM »
this happened to me

Performance issues????
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #137 on: October 06, 2015, 03:49:12 PM »
Today's issue of Survival Blog has a short article on making 'fengs more practical and tactical by turning off the lights, beeps, etc.: http://survivalblog.com/letter-getting-practical-and-tactical-with-baofeng-hand-helds-by-wrangler/

Not that I'd trust my life to a Baofeng, but if push came to shove I'd rather have one running in stealth mode.

It's not the radio I'd want for an ARES deployment  during a hurricane, but I'm think that it would be a fine radio for a car or keep at work BOB where I'm at. We've got lots of repeaters that can allow for a lot of situational awareness in a pinch if something should happen, and I could always grab my Yaesu HT from home or other radios should the need arise for more serious, long term work.

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #138 on: October 06, 2015, 07:33:29 PM »
... ker-chunks the repeater in that mode, but my voice is not being transmitted.

Anyone else have a similar issue? I am still in business since I have three of the things.
Carl's probably called it on this one, but I've also heard of the case hole over the mic not being punched out.  Never actually seen it, but it is easy to check.

I swear, there are times it seems like "Baofeng" is Cantonese for "hot mess."

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #139 on: October 07, 2015, 09:49:08 AM »
Carl's probably called it on this one, but I've also heard of the case hole over the mic not being punched out.  Never actually seen it, but it is easy to check.
Unlikely since I have succesfully used it many times in the past.
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #140 on: October 19, 2015, 06:28:31 AM »
Baofeng torture test, involving freezing, a hot tin roof, fire, and a small child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZCDBsBuhmg (5 minutes)

I kind of like the idea of torturing a Baofeng, because mine has tortured me for hours while learning to program it.

I swear, there are times it seems like "Baofeng" is Cantonese for "hot mess."

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #141 on: October 19, 2015, 06:39:10 AM »
Baofeng torture test, involving freezing, a hot tin roof, fire, and a small child: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZCDBsBuhmg (5 minutes)

I kind of like the idea of torturing a Baofeng, because mine has tortured me for hours while learning to program it.

What? No SWR meter test?  ;D  UV5R is a pretty tough bargain.
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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #142 on: October 19, 2015, 09:18:40 AM »
but then, there is this

"Most Baofeng and a few Wauxon do not comply with Part 97 standards"
https://www.reddit.com/r/amateurradio/comments/3oudl8/most_baofeng_and_a_few_wauxon_do_not_comply_with/

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Re: The Dedicated Baofeng Radio Thread
« Reply #143 on: October 20, 2015, 09:15:31 AM »
Unlikely since I have succesfully used it many times in the past.

I had ordered a uv5r off Amazon that had this problem.  Speaker mic plugged into jack worked.  I could TX DTMF tones, kerchunk repeaters, but no audio from the built in mic.

I didn't bother to repair myself as I exchanged it for no cost.