Once you’re done, you’ll want to verify operation of every channel with a scanner. I’m not an expert in the field, but I can say the flexibility of programmable radios could be a potential source of trouble for the consumer and a factor to consider when evaluating new gear. Or perhaps you provide these to vendors, contractors, or students, rather than handing over one of your more expensive handsets. If you’d prefer to skip the programming and have walkie talkies that work out of the box, Baofeng isn’t for you. The only way to release the serial port was to hard boot the computer after each radio. If you’ve got a license for business use in the MHz spectrum, there’s all sorts of uses for these. Simple interface Once programmed identically, there’s no settings for the user to mess with beyond the channel selection.
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Over the course of a few months, they haven’t let us down. If you’ve got a license for business use in the MHz spectrum, there’s all sorts of uses for these.
If you’re licensed by the FCC for business usage within the MHz spectrum, these serve as excellent backups. There are many products sold in the US that can be misused in a way that breaks a law, rule, or regulation.
The back plate of the Baofeng BFS includes the following details: Easy to use improperly Mentioned in the Amazon reviewbut worth reiterating: Stick to the Motorola Talkabout series, just don’t claim ignorance of FCC regulations if you happen to broadcast on high power on FRS channels 1 through 7.
The Good News There’s a lot to like about these radios. You can contact me more directly by linking to my Facebook account. Everything is prone to break over time.
If you’d prefer to skip the programming and have walkie talkies that work out of the box, Baofeng isn’t for you. Or maybe just a different revision of the radio that was locked down a bit to help ease things in the US market. A little tedious, but only hcipset once. For the low cost, it’s a suprisingly dense hunk of molded plastic.
Not out of the box, anyways. Rugged construction For the low cost, it’s a suprisingly dense hunk of molded plastic.
They now permit transmitting up to 2 watts on what used to be FRS channels and also channelsalthough it’s still good practice to transmit on low power whenever possible to 8888s your impact on other users. Six radios, six reboots. They’ve survived months of abuse at the hands of small children vhipset teenagers alike, and I once dropped one of these handsets 20 feet onto a cured concrete floor.
Will provide further updates for other modification to the Baofeng as soon as the current order arrives for modifications. There is an LED flashlight, which I have found useful despite my initial feeling of disdain.
Just remember, channel will work VHF only and will work UHF and it makes channel 16 become a scan so when on channel 16 it will scan all the channels. If you’re consistently seeing “radio refused to enter programming mode” errors from CHIRP cchipset a good chance your cable has a counterfeit Prolific chip.
Baofeng BF-888S – A Practical Review
Baofeng provides programming software for Windows, which I didn’t care to deal with. CMIIT reports far more limited capabilities.
I’m not an expert in the field, but I can say the flexibility of programmable radios could be a potential source of trouble for the consumer and a factor to consider when evaluating new gear. When installing the clip, do so without the battery inserted so you don’t have to fight the spring. In short, a small hand-held FM transceiver that operates in the MHz range, programmable for 16 channels, etc.
Getting the Python application running on OSX wasn’t too bad, nor was creating a template file to use for all the radios, but I found that CHIRP wouldn’t release the serial port after programming each radio. If you’ve got the patience to program legal FRS frequencies and transmission power, be careful. Unboxing When you buy half a dozen, it’s like someone shipped you half a dozen bricks. Sketchy-looking outer packaging aside, each unit comes boxed with battery, instructions, charger, SMA antenna, charging station, wrist strap, and cheap in-ear headset.
A piece of gaff tape across the bottom keeps the battery engaged and otherwise the radio is still perfectly functional. Home All Entries Search Errata.
The BFS is capable of transmitting at higher power watts, depending whether you believe the back plate or the CMIIT registry and has a detachable antenna.