We’ve read a lot of mixed reviews on the Baofeng GT-3. However, it seems to be widely accepted that the GT-3 is a major upgrade from its predecessors. It’s pretty apparent when you look at some of that planning that went into the GT-3.
First off, the GT-3 was a collaborative development between Baofeng and SainSonic, two very trusted ham radio developers. It was apparent from the beginning that both parties had a lot to bring to the table, so the collaborative build was much anticipated.
We think the GT-3 has the durability, central hardware, and feel of the radios that have been produced by Baofeng for so long. The collaboration helps tie the Barofeng to the antenna of SainSonic, which has been a leader in generating exceptional reception for years!
Since the GT-3 added the new tail ton elimination device, it has a heavily upgraded SQ. This greatly enhanced it’s ability to defer interference. Although, this works best when receiving signals between 50Hz and 55H.
Just as much as the GT-3 excels in looks and feel, it also excels in performance. The Ft-3 can operate on up to 128 memory channels, much above average for its class. It has an antenna impedance of 50 ohm, and a frequency stability of 2.5 ppm.
The GT-3 is surprisingly resilient as well. It can operate at ~ -20 and +60, respectively. It uses a supply voltage of 7.4V/1800 of rechargeable lithium. It also consumes less than or equal to 73mA in standby, 380mA in reception, and 1.4A in transmission. It can operate at either simplex or semi-duplex modes.
In terms of the collaboration, SainSonic provided a INF-641 antenna, This greatly enhances the GT-3’s ability to send and receive signals. This will give you a much longer range for the GT-3 and your other handheld devices.
Another one of the upgrades the GT-3 has is a powerful low-IF audio processor. This makes the sound quality exceptional regardless of the condition variables. This is due to the built-in RDA5802N frequency-modulated receiver.
Well, we’re glad you asked! In addition to those specs, it has a ton more to offer. It has a bunch of cool functions that make your life much easier. First, the GT-3 comes DTMF encoded. It also has a built-in dual watch with dual reception. You can select a scan mode, cross band reception, and much more!
In addition to functions, the GT-3 comes with a bunch of additional hardware that makes our lives much easier, including: a Li-ion battery, a earphone microphone/headset, a car charger, belt clip, hand strap for safety, and a handy-dandy user manual.
One of the minor upgrades to the GT-3 that goes a long way is the LED flashlight. Sometimes we are in situations where we need a flashlight but all we have is our radio. The top of the radio offers an LED flashlight that helps you shine some light on particular situations. This is just another way the GT-3 in an all-inclusive radio.
Although we have heard all of the pros and cons, we still hold the contention that the GT-3 is a major upgrade from its predecessors. Whether you are performing some aerial labor, going on an adventure, or just doing your daily job, we think the GT-3 will make an excellent addition to your team. It’s reliable, efficient, and the range is very powerful.
With all of these upgrades, it’s easy to see why the GT-3 is considered the new “it kid” on the ham radio scene. It’s a solid system, with unprecedented reception and interference deferment than you can imagine. If you haven’t picked up the GT-3 yet, we suggest you give it a try!
Have you tried the GT-3? If so, what have you used it for? What are your experiences? Would you recommend it to other ham radio users? We’d love to hear your feedback. If you have any additional questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to leave a reply in the section below. We will certainly get back to you as soon as we are able to! Thanks for reading.