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RenoHuskerDu

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I bought a few of these little gems for a pittance, all in one order. My Yaesus are jealous, tough luck. One of them seems to have slightly different firmware. Its TXP parameter displays as "MEDIUM" instead of "MID" and won't change, for example in 2m band. It's stuck on 1w trx power. Additionally, the backlight color on that unit differs slightly from the other units. The other units all say "MID" and I can change them at will from 1w, 4w, 8w.

This is my first time using these inexpensive little critters. Has anyone noticed oddities such as this? Is this par for the course with Baofeng? I plan to return that one unit.
 

jaspence

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You get what you pay in the CCRs. I have had a couple of CCR units. They did work if you could figure out the manuals, but during weather alerts and public service events, they stayed home and the trusted gear was on my belt. I do have three Hytera DMR radios from the first couple of years they were sold, but the quality and price definitely put them well above the CCRs. The Hytera manuals were minimal because they were sold as commercial units, but CPS and firmware updates were legally available at low or no cost.
 

alcahuete

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And now you understand why your Yaesus aren't jealous. I'm guessing they actually work. ;)

When you buy a $30 throw away radio from China, where absolutely zero quality control exists, stuff like this is to be expected. But for the money, it is what it is. Just send it back and get a new one.
 

chrismol1

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There are decent CCRs and then theres Baofeng. They are insistent on missing the mark. I have decent CCRs but not baofeng
 

RenoHuskerDu

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I didn't use the manual. Took a glance, it seems substandard. But controls are easy enough to understand, and CHIRP programmed them all the same freqs easily.

So far the consensus is ya gits whatcha pays for, don't expect miracles for $32
 

KK4JUG

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CCRs are like Bic lighters: when they quit working, you throw them away. I have long-since gotten rid of mine.
 
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