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Baofeng Got a UV-25R, some thoughts

Falcon9h

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Just a few thoughts: it's a heavy brick, finally, a real radio (in the ccr world) for my large hands. Very hefty and not toylike like most CCR's. I really like it.

Recieve audio could be nicer, it's shrill like most Baofengs, you wouldn't know it wasn't a UV5R just by listening if you were blindfolded. I would've liked a mellower hi-fi Speaker for Real Men 🙄. It is loud enough though.

Performance on a par with other 'fengs and Chirp UV-17R pro will program it.

Aliexpress is coming around... I ordered it on the 15th and got it today (23rd.) (U.S.) I was shocked!

It's hard to visualize the size from pictures. It's on a par with HT's from the 80's-90's. (HT-600/MT1000 size)

Nice tight rattle free screwed in battery contributes to the solid feel. Good for <50 bucks. 👍 Nice alternative for us proles for whom APX's are a pipe dream.

Sad hams and bao-haters will be ignored 😴
 

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So...what does it do that other low rent system on chip radios of late don't? Asking for a friend. The UV-17R at least has good transmit audio (on the one I tried) and IMO, is much more professional looking and feels solid. This one looks f'ugly.
 

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All that front panel real estate and they couldn't put the "0" key in the correct location. (Pet peeve of mine with many handheld radios.)

This one looks f'ugly.
It will appeal to that segment of the market who thinks that all the stuff hanging on their belt or plate carrier has to be "tacti-cool".
 

Falcon9h

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So...what does it do that other low rent system on chip radios of late don't? Asking for a friend. The UV-17R at least has good transmit audio (on the one I tried) and IMO, is much more professional looking and feels solid. This one looks f'ugly.
I think it's one of those that you either love
or hate, no middle ground. It's like any other Baofeng but I like the heft and size. Finally something that fits my hand nicely, and it *is* hefty and solid. I like the looks but don't care about wackerism or tacticool. Had to try one out for shts and giggles. 😜
Different strokes I guess; I'm not enamored with the looks of the UV-17.
 

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Just a few thoughts: it's a heavy brick, finally, a real radio (in the ccr world) for my large hands. Very hefty and not toylike like most CCR's. I really like it.

Recieve audio could be nicer, it's shrill like most Baofengs, you wouldn't know it wasn't a UV5R just by listening if you were blindfolded. I would've liked a mellower hi-fi Speaker for Real Men 🙄. It is loud enough though.

Performance on a par with other 'fengs and Chirp UV-17R pro will program it.

Aliexpress is coming around... I ordered it on the 15th and got it today (23rd.) (U.S.) I was shocked!

It's hard to visualize the size from pictures. It's on a par with HT's from the 80's-90's. (HT-600/MT1000 size)

Nice tight rattle free screwed in battery contributes to the solid feel. Good for <50 bucks. 👍 Nice alternative for us proles for whom APX's are a pipe dream.

Sad hams and bao-haters will be ignored 😴
Hamradio2.0 recently did a You-Tube on the UV-25R. Enjoy...
 

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As much as I like big affordable radios like this, several people have tested the output on SDR and spectrum analyzers. It's really bad as this guy wouldn't transmit to a repeater with it.
 
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