I am always looking at inexpensive (who isn’t now a days!?) radio equipment. Having used the Baeofeng UV-5R for a while now I was looking for something a bit larger and came across the UV-82HP. This radio is larger and has a better feel to it. No, it isn’t a Yaesu, Icom or Kenwood BUT it is a great inexpensive alternative for those that are gear hounds or someone just getting into the hobby! It’s well balanced, feel good in your hands, sounds great on the audio output and even comes with a fairly good quality antenna! Not another ‘dummy load’. And...a so far, rugged belt clip. I paid around $60.00 on Amazon and when it arrived had it connected to CHIRP and before long it was programmed! AND, if you choose to program manually it has a real honest to goodness manual! One of the features that makes it appealing to me is that out of the box the PTT button(s) are labeled A (upper part) and B (surprise…lower part), what this means is that you bring up the A and B channels you want and then just use the PTT of your choice to transmit which in an EMCOMM situation would be handy instead of toggling the up or down arrows on the front of the radio (which you CAN still do if you wish). You can, using the Baeofeng software, program the radio to use the two PTTs as one if the separate PTTs baffle you! LOL I have included some photos and plagerized the Baeofeng site for specs. It certainly is a rig to check out!
From The Baeofeng Site:
What Makes it Unique?
* It has 3 Power Levels (1, 5, 7 watt)
* VFO/ MR (Frequency Mode) can be locked via software
* The Dual Push-to-Talk Switch can be synchronized via software to simplify operation of the radio
* A new 80 Page In-Depth User's Guide
* It includes the High Gain V-85 Antenna to Optimize Performance
* Full Accessory Compatibility with ALL UV-82 accessories
* Multiple TONE Burst Options on a NEW user Menu. Selectable Tone Burst Options Include: 1000hz, 1450hz, 1750hz, 2100hz
High Output 7 Watt UV-82HP
The UV-82HP is the second generation of the classic UV-82 Series. Some new features found in the UV-82HP are the three selectable power levels (Low - 1 watt, Medium - 5 watt, High- 7 watt) allowing for a high-output of seven watts.
THE DUAL PUSH-TO-TALK DIFFERENCE
The UV-82 Series come with a dual push-to-talk button. The dual PTT is a huge leap forward in the HT technology. It allows you to transmit on two frequencies by the use of the rocker PTT switch. By pressing up you can transmit on "Frequency A" and by pushing down you can transmit on "Frequency B". Frequency A or B can also be used as a scanner of channels, frequencies, CTCSS and DTS tones.
You can program your UV-82HP exactly how you want it. There are 128 programmable memory channels. You can add or remove channels from scanning list using the free computer software. You can give channels alphanumeric names, using a computer. The radio has 3 power levels (7 watt maximum), allowing you to choose how far you can communicate. You can set VFO limits using the CHIRP software. You can easily program from a PC to set-up the radio to operate exactly as needed.