Baofeng BF-A5 UHF Transceiver

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Very similar to the Baofeng UV-5R.

Frequency range

RX-range
400-470 MHz / FM-radio
TX-range
400-470 MHz
HAM bands
70cm 
Stability
± 2.5 p.p.m.
Tuning steps
2.5 / 5 / 6.25 / 10 / 12.5 / 25 kHz
Filters
-

Receiver

Modulations
FM   N-FM  
Sensitivity
≤ 0.20 µV (12dB SINAD)
Selectivity
-
Receiver system
-
IF-frequencies
-
Image rejection
-
Audio output
1 W

Transmitter

Modulations
FM   N-FM  
RF-Output
2 W

Connections

Antenna
-
Impedance
50Ω

Electrical

Power requirements
3.8 V DC Li-ion, 1800 mAh
Current drain RX
400 mA max
TX
1.5 A max

Physical

Dimensions (w×h×d)
116 × 57 × 35 mm (4.57 × 2.24 × 1.38 in)
Weight
-
Form factor
Handheld
Manufactured
Between 2014 and 201x in China
MPN
BAOFENG-BF-A000005

Other features

Memories
16 channels in 1 bank(s)
Usage
Amateur / Ham radio operators
Features + options
PC programmable
Flashlight
CTCSS / DCS
Voice prompt
Accessories
-

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Better than expected!

Baofeng BF-A5, UHF Transceiver

Picked one of these UHF transceivers from a local amateur radio event for a very small amount of money. The first thing to say, is it is useless without a programming lead and software. The good news is that the lead is the same as other Baofeng HT's and the software is available from the Baofeng site. Use the BF-480 programming software, NOT the BF-888S one. The BF-A5 I purchased had scrambler set. This is easily sorted out with the software under "Beat Freq"

Once programmed, the radio performed far better than expected, and makes a good back-up HT. Working the local 70cm repeater, the radio gave good TX audio reports and has a fairly decent loudspeaker on receive. It may have no LCD display, but with audio announcements for power on and channel number, it is easy to use.

You get what you pay for, and the BF-A5 may not win any prizes. It does however get you an adequate 70cm HT (If you are a licensed Ham) for local contacts, for a very small amount of money.

Written by g6iyd on Sep 19, 2015

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Aquired
Mint condition in 2015
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