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Make Model Bands Power Battery Notes Serial
Baofeng BF-T1 70cm 2W SR170928 LiPo Fixed antenna 9100A26537
Baofeng UV-3R 2M 70cm 2W BL-3 Numeric Display 3120464189
Baofeng UV-3R+ 2M 70cm 3W BL-3L Numeric Display 3120464912
Baofeng BF-F8+ 2M 70cm 5W BL-5 Inverted Display 2100063770
Baofeng UV-5RA 2M 70cm 5W BL-5 Yellow! 1350444358
Baofeng UV-5RE PLUS 2M 70cm 5W BL-5 2052051268
Baofeng UV-5R PLUS 2M 70cm 8W BL-5 Blue! 1W/5W/8W Selectable 130U822004
Baofeng UV-5RIII 2M 1.25M 70cm 5W BL-5 5RIII00034548
Baofeng UV-6R 2M 70cm 7W BL-6R 156R59376
Baofeng GT-3TP 2M 70cm 8W BL-5 1W/4W/8W Selectable 28020901GT328261
Baofeng DM-1702 2M 70cm DMR 5W DM-2 Slot 1 & 2 19DM170201906
Baofeng BF-888S 70cm / PMR 5W BL-1 No display, 16 Channel Unknown
Baofeng BF-888S 70cm / PMR 5W BL-1 No display, 16 Channel Unknown
Sainsonic AP510/AVRT5 70cm 1W Internal APRS Beacon Unknown
Kenwood TH-75E 2M 70cm 5W PB-10 0091420
Kenwood TH-25E 2M 5W BT-6 6xAA 9125362
ZASTONE UV-8DR 2M 1.25M 70cm 5W AAG10X UV8DR1702160286
Yeasu FT2DE 2M 70cm 5W SBR-14LI APRS, GPS, Dual Standby, Digital modes, Wide band receive 6H240034
Yeasu VX-8DR 6M 2M 70cm 5W FNB-101LI Wide Band Receive, APRS, GPS, Bluetooth, Dual Standby 6G300359
Yaesu VX-6E 2M 70cm 5W FNB-80LI Wide Band Receive 1E940512
Yeasu VX2-E 2M 70cm 3W FNP-60 Wide Band Receive 4C140427
Yeasu FT-817ND 160-10M HF 6M 2M 70cm 5W Windcamp LiPo USB/LSB/CW/AM/FM/Packet/PSK-31/RTTY Wide Band Receive 4J890081
Yeasu FT-897 160-10M HF 6M 2M 70cm 100W 13.8V DC USB/LSB/CW/AM/FM/Packet/PSK-31/RTTY Wide Band Receive <----To Add---->
iCom IC-2720H 2M 70cm 50W 13.8V Seperate Head, Packet Ready, Dual Standby, 5/15/50W selectable 0203683
Rotel RVC-240 14M 4W 13.8V DC Childrens Band CB 27/81 20708999
Havard WT-44 14M 4W 10xAA Childrens Band CB 27/81 3174
China Pixie 4.3 40M 0.5W 12V DC CW Only NONE
HF Signals uBITX v3 HF 10W 12V DC Kit Radio NONE
Batman 600MHz Some 9V Terrible NONE
Batman 600MHz Some 9V Terrible NONE

6th Dec 2015

Having recently got my license and wanting to get out on the bands I have been using a couple of Baofeng handhelds, the GT3-TP, which is an 8W triple power transceiver, and the UV-5RE Plus, which is 5W output. Both are dual band (2m and 70cm) dual standby. For listening they are nice to use, although the original antennas are not particularly brilliant, so I replaced those with NA-771 dual band whips from Nagoya, these offered a rather nice improvement over the originals for a reasonable cost.

Having used the handhelds to participate in a few nets on GB3NB, I was getting reports of quiet audio. This is a known problem with Baofengs, even with the enlarged mic hole mod, I just wasn't getting through well enough for my liking.

As a step towards better audio and more experimentation I have acquired a Yaesu FT-817ND, giving me more bands to listen to and interest with, including access to data modes... something that I really want to play with. Naturally I have ordered the data cable that allows a serial over USB link to the radio from a computer. There was also a blue tooth version... Yeah, got that too... should give me some fun with android as a terminal. The only thing that may be an issue is interference from the blue tooth module, but there should be ample shielding to protect me from that.