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Baofeng DM-5R EXPLAINED

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Hello everyone on the forum
I made a YouTube video yesterday explaining the Baofeng DM-5R. I thought I'd share it on here because I'm sure some of you must be confused about this radio. Even the people selling it are!
Here is the link:
https://goo.gl/FIoKC2

Hope this helps some of you to understand this radio. It's not really such a bad radio like the reviews have been saying, it has just been mis-sold to people.
 

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Nicely done sir! That it has been grossly misrepresented and misreported is somewhat of an understatement... :wink:

I would however not even go so far as to say that it is even close to being a nice radio. Even when in strictly analog mode it's spectral purity is non-existent. There are third order harmonics that are nearly as strong as the primary frequency! Second, fourth and fifth order harmonics are well beyond acceptable limits as well.

If one's goal is to have a "splatter gun" it will achieve that with very well! :roll:

I ordered one DM-5R + for evaluation and ran it though my test routines thoroughly. After four days of testing, I requested an RMA for a refund. Since the only source at that juncture was Radioddity, the process took seven emails, then finally having to initiate a PayPal Dispute. Three weeks later I finally got my refund.
 
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Thanks both of you!
Yeah I don't know anything about the actual RF performance of the radio, but I'll take your word for it, as what you say seems very believable. I think probably a lot of these cheaply made Chinese radios have very poor RF performance. I won't be buying one myself, but that's mainly because I don't really need any more DMR radios.
 

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Hello everyone on the forum
I made a YouTube video yesterday explaining the Baofeng DM-5R. I thought I'd share it on here because I'm sure some of you must be confused about this radio. Even the people selling it are!
Here is the link:
https://goo.gl/FIoKC2

Hope this helps some of you to understand this radio. It's not really such a bad radio like the reviews have been saying, it has just been mis-sold to people.
Good video. Thank you for taking the time and effort to create it.
 

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Question can this radio scan dmr channels and analog channels together and be heard together? Being that it's basically only good as a reciever and analog transceiver.
 
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Question can this radio scan dmr channels and analog channels together and be heard together? Being that it's basically only good as a reciever and analog transceiver.
I would assume so, but I don't actually own the radio so I can't try. It looks like it could from the programming software though.
 

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Question can this radio scan dmr channels and analog channels together and be heard together? Being that it's basically only good as a reciever and analog transceiver.
I'd never buy a transceiver unless I could use all aspects of the radio properly... but I imagine, it would be good to listen with.
 

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I am interested in purchasing one and would like your opinions on it's ability to perform properly for my usage:

Receive Only
UHF T-Band Up to 512 MHz analog + DMR UHF + VHF
DMR monitoring of single frequency/channel systems
i.e. 452.85 MHz Slot 1 CC 10 Group 1100
Mostly parked on one UHF and one VHF frequency at a time
Infrequent light scanning (less than 10 channels at a time)
Dual Watch

Any opinions/experience would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Rich C
 
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