Baofeng UV-5R

Baofeng UV-5R VHF/UHF handheld

Another useful handheld radio is the Baofeng UV-5R.
This cheap and cheerful Chinese radio makes an ideal companion when working outside or hiking around rough terrain. The low cost of these radios means that should it get damaged or lost then it really isn’t a major problem.
The UV-5R features 128 programmable channels with priority channel scanning, dual watch and 1750 Hz call tone making it quite comparable to much more expensive radios.
The UV-5R also features built-in VOX (Voice Operated Transmit) for hands-free operation and a high illumination flashlight, neither of which is sported by the Yaesu.
As with most Chinese products, the user guide could be better written or translated.

Yaesu FT-747 GX

Yaesu FT-747 GX

Also to be found in the shack is a Yaesu FT-747 GX. These were originally built around 1989/90
the FT-747 is a very basic but capable transceiver. During it’s initial marketing period, it gained the nickname of “plastic fantastic”. The nickname suited it quite well as it was an incredible radio at the time.
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Yaesu FT-7800/7900

Yaesu FT-7800/7900 VHF/UHF Mobiles

In the shack I have a Yaesu FT-7800, and I also had it’s newer brother the Yaesu FT-7900 in the car. This has now been replaced by a Yaesu FT-857D.
This pair of radios are virtually identical. The newer FT-7900 has a slightly different facia, the difference being the size and shape of the control buttons. Read Complete Article...